Throughout my years as a charter captain I have been asked a lot of questions while out on the water. A lot of these questions are similar day to day as people marvel over the unfamiliar activity of fishing. Some of my clients are fishing a shallow saltwater bay for the first time, and others are avid anglers fishing on their own quite often. Regardless of the amount of experience people have there are always a few questions for a guide that their curiosity awakens. For example, most everyday I am asked, "Why do mullet jump?" I am also asked, "How long have you been doing this?" One of the questions I get regularly is part of the topic of my fishing report this week. "When you go fishing by yourself just for fun, what is your preferred method of fishing?" That is a tough one because I love all types of fishing. However when I go by myself you can bet I will be fishing for a huge trout or snook in an area that I have never fished, or far away from the typical popular areas. I had a couple charters this week that actually reflected that type of fishing. You may not catch a limit of fish or have steady action, but when you succeed in catching a fish of a lifetime it is really exciting.
This past week I could predict that summer is near if there were no such thing as a calendar. The wind has slowed its gust and it is getting warm out there. The tide was unusually high every morning this week which allowed me to go back into places along shorelines and have decent water depth. The redfish were really stacked up on the sand flats on the East side and right up against the shore on the spoil banks along the ICW. Stover's point held a lot of reds on the shoreline and back in the coves. Usually when the tides get higher than normal I will concentrate on the areas where the grass is sticking out of the water on low tide.
I did a lot more trout fishing this week and will continue this as the mornings are calmer. Right now I am still fishing for them around the long bar and the color changes South of gas well flats and south Cullen bay. I did fish for big trout one morning on a charter with top waters but kept catching redfish in the area. What a shame! I will be doing a lot more big trout scouting as the local tournaments get nearer in my date book.
The couple charters that I was explaining in the first paragraph that dealt with fishing for one big fish was enjoyable. We went out on the pursuit for big snook and caught a single one morning, and several another morning. I am talking 30 to 35 inch really thick snook. We caught these snook up and down the Brownsville Ship Channel closer to the jetties basically looking for nice-looking water. There are a lot of small and medium sized mullet in these areas and you can actually see these snook popping at them. They are really a powerful fish. All of these oversized snook were released and were very healthy in spite of a sore lip or two.
All of my charters were very enjoyable this past week and I am looking forward to the next few days. There will be a lot of casts made and a lot of water to drift. Whether it is going out and trying to catch a lot of fish for the box or just seeking that one fish that will top your personal best, I am ready to head out there. Oh yeah, and on the question, "Why do mullet jump?" I really can not figure that one out, but I have given some interesting answers.
The Good 'Ol Days are Now...
CAPT. TODD CASEY
SOUTH TEXAS CHARTERS
Copyright 2007 Richard Moore