Sunday, January 17, 2010

low water, high anticipation

Having an incredible case of insomnia the night before always leads into a day of fishing where you hit your stride early and then by the end of the day your like a wadefishing zombie on a mission for one more fish.(fishing for 8+ hours helps the zombie thing too as well as blue monster drink) Then you catch that fish at the end of the day and your like...shit, theres still thirty minutes of light left. Maybe just one more.

That's kind of how today started and ended. I hadn't been "really" fishing in like three weeks. A first (new spelunking)spot gamble leads to early success, a few scout wades during midday. And a last stop back where it all began to explore the other reef in the new to me area, and finding fish there too. This was helped by the presence of jumping mullet and loons and an increase in water temp from about 50 to 54 or 55 in the evening. A lot better than 40-43 which was the temp high last week. A lot of learning and a little luck equaled dinner today. Most bites came on avocado and pink devils over mud and shell mix targeting stacked up fish laying in a bowl behind a small pod reef that led into the "right" bottom that was identified today as the quintessential Texas Upper Coast winter time game fish bottom on the warm up post cold front. With that said, lol, it was a huge outgoing tide all day and the spot we fished would be un wadeable on a normal tide. But with the area scoped out on days like today it makes it easy to go into spots on higher tides with the conditions right and using your pole or anchor and positioning yourself in the sweet spot in an area for the specific tidal conditions. Although many factors affect where the fish will be holding in relation to the structure. Such as tide strength, wind, cloud or fog and fishing pressure. And some days no amount of information will help you catch more fish other than knowing the area and that it holds fish. Sometimes you just have to get out there and walk into them. They might be spread or moving and only caught by wandering around on a point of interest picking off cruising fish until they decide to move in and feed or disappear entirely. this is why I like wadefishing with a baitcaster in the winter. Shure you can say that a properly presented fly will catch most fish(and it will if its the right one). But there is so much water to cover on the upper coast. Its deeper and more murky than matagorda and the laguna. Sightcasting is possible on choice days but on days where the weathers not right you can be pretty much screwed.

On a different note the day was beautiful. There were many fish caught. Although quite a few were on the small side, but after a deep freeze like we just crawled out of all I can ask for is to scratch and dig and claim a spot that is actually holding some fish that aren't in the channel and accessible by a wadefising. No other waders today that I saw. Funny guys with their 40g flats/wade boats and they drift all day. That's just the boat your supposed to get in the bay right???? AAhhh! This next week is going to have highs in the 60's until Thursday. Shit is going to go off. The fish are starving and ready to eat. But alas. I'm on call starting Thursday. Maybe Tue or Wed I can sneak out early and hit a walk in before I am grounded by the phone and left to spend my time tying flys and playing xbox.

Lastly, we saw two caracara's on the way home. Pretty cool. Along with some red tailed hawk's. An all around fucking beautiful day to get some sunburn on the face.

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