Trout, Trout, and Silver King Sightings -- May 21,2008
<p>Fishing 12 out of the last 15 days with clients’: Catch and releasing before 10:00 AM, how could it get any better? Just as my previous reports asked: Are the numbers of 17” to 20” trout we are catching due to the regulation change last Sept. or a seasonal anomaly? For clients wanting to keep trout, we can be done by 9:00 to 10:00 each of the last 14 days! We are holding clients, at 4 of their 5 fish early due to the fact some want to continue catching and releasing, and with this one fish left on their bag limit it could be filled if a fish is hooked too deep to survive. We, of course, fish with the BARBS bent down. It’s nice to know as a guide you can put novice anglers on GOOD SKILLET fish to take home if they so desire. Also for the up and coming angler, they can test and improve their skills knowing we have the numbers necessary to catch fish all day!!!!! Since we fish a FISHING TRIP, not a limit of trout, our clients are enjoying the pleasure of catching numbers of decent fish, not only trout but if they want to chase reds after they get enough trout we will get after them!
Most of our trout are coming from 3’1/2 feet of water, all on plastics when we have high winds and Top Water when the wind turbines slow down. Most of the fish are coming from the outside edge of the grass lines, colors of choice (Clearer water: light colors, dirty water: darker colors) Light colors include: bone chartreuse, laguna shrimp, cajun pepper, and clear silver flake. Dark colors: nuclear chicken, purple chartreuse, pumpkin chartreuse, and morning glory. Top waters: bone chartreuse, trout pattern, clown and chrome black back. We throw smaller top waters on calm days and larger baits when it is choppy.
My last trip was really outstanding: I had an 79 and 80 year young couple with their 50ish children. Both days they wanted to take some fish home. So, by 9:30 and 11:30 respectfully, they had their trout. We continued C&R for the rest of the day. However, the neat thing was they caught a 27” weighing 6 ˝ then turned around and caught a 28” weighing in at 8 lbs even on the Boga. Pictures to be posted later today. That’s why I love my job--seeing their eyes light up releasing those 2 Big Momma’s. The senior members said they remembered catching those size years ago but not in the last 20 years had they seen trout that size. Please note they live in Flower Bluff!!!!
About The Author: Captain Bruce W. Shuler
Company: Get-A-Way Adventures Lodge
Area Reporting: Lower Laguna Madre and Gulf of Mexico
Bio: Native of Houston, Texas and has spent his entire life dedicated to the outdoors. He along with his wife of 38 years, Shirley, own and operate Get-A-Way Adventures Lodge in Port Mansfield, Texas. Coming from an outdoors family he spent his youth fishing the Lower Laguna Madre out of The Arroyo Colorado, hunting deer and migratory birds around Texas. Due to a passion for fishing artificial bait spent twenty years fishing for Bass semi professionally. After making a return trip twenty years ago to the Lower Laguna Madre, made the decision to convert back to saltwater fishing. Graduated in 1997 from Maritime Academy with a Masters 50-Ton Coast Guard Capts. License, and is a Full Time Professional Fishing and Hunting Guide. As owner, operator of Get-A-Way Adventures Lodge, his additional duties include guiding, inshore, offshore, deer and dove hunters. Being on the water in excess of 300 days per year he feels as well as the staff guides from G.A.W.A.l. they maintain an acute awareness of fishing conditions and the health of the Lower Laguna Madre. Every guest on arrival at the Lodge receives a short conservation and environmental message. He and his operation have been featured in many National T. V. Shows and prominent magazines. Most are proudly displayed on his web site.