We have seen some ups and downs on the Middle Texas Coast lately. Naturally our lakes are holding trout and reds on a consistent basis. If you try to avoid the crowds in the more popular lakes, it has been anything but consistent. If the water is up, the trout bite is on in almost every part of the bay, but with the few fronts we have had the water has fell out and so has the fish in these spots. The redfish remain constant in these areas, but the trout scatter. Continue reading Low Tide Redfish
The Devils River is one of those legendary wild spots that surfaces in rumor around the campfire. It is a harsh unforgiving environment in a true wilderness setting. A group of us have tried planning a canoe fishing trip to the Devils River for years but the logistics are a challenge. These new paddler camp sites will benefit those seeking a new adventure.
I first heard of the Devils River from reading Shannon Tompkins’ stories in the Houston Chronicle. Any river with a section named Big Satan is bound to be high drama.
Continue reading Devils River Paddling, Camping, Fishing
Last week’s Port Mansfield trips were action packed. We fished a couple days in warm weather, then got hit by a front and temps dropped a little, which triggered a big fish bite. Mansfield trips are trophy trout trips, with the intention of upping your personal best. One client was able to achieve that, as it was his first ever saltwater wading trip.
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It was a bit of a grind yesterday until the cool front arrived. Slick calm conditions meant our only shot at a bite was redfish. A handful showed up, crushing topwaters and Down South Lures dirty tequila. About an hour after the front, we found a small trout bite, and managed to loose a couple of very solid fish. We’ll get ’em next time! Continue reading Chasing Redfish with Capt. Nathan Beabout
Starting on Saturday, we found fish in an old favorite spot with zero boat traffic. With a stiff east wind, we walked along a big dirty streak of water that was teaming with bait. We landed several small trout at first, but about halfway down the dirty water keepers started to take the baits. No redfish in the mix, which was surprising, because this area is known to hold good winter reds. We strung several fish from 18-20″, most fish were caught on Down South’s blue moon, kickin chicken, and Corky Softdines. Continue reading Capt. Nathan Beabout Fishing Report
I’ve always been the kind of guy who looks at camouflage clothing as not always necessary. Growing up in Texas and as a rifle hunter I often find myself putting on a camo jacket or shirt and some bluejeans and call it good. In a lot of instances that has worked well and nothing more was needed. When hunting outside the stand however, it is a necessity that I have never spent real money on. I’ve always been a guy that went to the big box store and bought the cheapest clothing only to have it be done in a single hard season. For very cold weather, I have a tan set of coveralls that were made by Walls back in the late 90’s. They have been my go to cold weather friends since I got them after high school. When I discovered Walls acquired the 10X brand of camo clothing, I took a closer look. Continue reading 10X brand camo clothing sets the bar extra high
I have been using a silencer to hunt for the past 8 or so years. I made the decision that I would never hunt without a can so long as I have one and it is legal to do so. One of the things that a can does that is annoying, is it adds weight and length to a rifle, especially gas guns. I have been searching for a lightweight bolt gun that did not break the bank and shoots well for some time now. I was searching new rifles when I came across the Ruger American series and noticed that the Predator line comes pre-threaded. I have access to some pretty spendy guns, but most of them are pretty heavy, and those that are not are not yet threaded for a can. I decided to pick up a Ruger American Predator in 6.5 Creedmoor to match the build up I am doing on a Ruger Precision Rifle with the same chamber.
Continue reading Ruger American Predator with Boyds Gunstocks makes the perfect combination.
We are receiving one of the new Bargara B14 Hunting and Match Rifles (HMR) in 6.5 Creedmoor for testing. Primary use will be for whitetail deer out to several hundred yards. Bargara barrels are praised for their accuracy and the 6.5 Creedmoor is a flat-shooting cartridge rapidly gaining favor among hunters and competitors. Continue reading Bergara Rifles
My family hunted hard over the Christmas holidays. Unfortunately, our vacation time coincided with a warm spell and it was above 80 degrees most afternoons! We were sure wishing for a nice cold front to come busting through but it just wasn’t happening. One morning I got in the blind about 6:00 AM and hunted until almost noon and saw very little movement other than the danged hogs. Continue reading Seguin deer hunting report 12/31/2016
Trout fishing has been holding a solid pattern. Weather has not affected the bite to bad, we are still able to find fish each day, it is just a matter of timing. Over the last few trips it has been a mid-morning bite, lasting until about 1:30-1:45pm. Most of our wades have been concentrated over shell and mud in knee to thigh deep water, and even on the calm days the clean water has not seem to damper the bite. Our baits of choice have been lighter colored soft plastics and Corkys. With a pretty consistent weather pattern, I expect to see little change in the feeding pattern, although if we continue on this small warming trend the bite will become more aggressive. Continue reading Fish ‘n Gig Report 12/23/16
When hunting, an often overlooked detail is the overall comfort of your footwear. As hunters, we don’t mind roughing it and being miserable to find our quarry. But for the sake of your physical well being, a quality set of boots can mean the difference between filling your tag or going home early with an injury.
Earlier this year I realized I was going to hunt in Montana for Mule Deer and Colorado for Elk. This combined with a lot of time in South Texas looking for Deer and pigs along with a little time in West Texas hunting for Predators. I knew I needed a new set of boots to hike all over the mountains and in all conditions.
Continue reading Danner High Ground boots are the best for a Hunter