It has been a fun week fishing the new moon in Mansfield. We had some highs, and several lows. We missed a few opportunities and some really nice trout. The higher water levels allowed us to fish a few new places that we can’t normally get to in the winter.
One thing is for sure there is no shortage of redfish. We saw several small tailing pods, and caught a lot on each wade. Fishing knee to thigh deep areas adjacent to deep water drop offs has been key. All our fish were released to fight another day.
We are back in Seadrift, and taking bookings for wading artificial, sight casting, and navigational trips.
If anybody wants to book the full moon in Mansfield, April 20-25, we will go back.
Good day back in Seadrift, TX. We got lucky with the rain, and just had a few small showers pass over.
We found trout at most every wade, but a few wades were better than others. These trout seemed to be hanging around areas with smaller sized mullet concentrations. Not much happening in areas with bull mullet.
It’s always fun fishing with Sully, and we just wanted to feel the pull. All our fish were released to fight another day.
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It’s been feeling more like April than February lately. With the strong south winds, it has made it tough to stay on the big trout bite. We narrowed down the area, but the depths at which these fish were holding seemed to change daily.
We have caught some solid fish over the last few days, but today it came together with our biggest going 8.75#”. Today our fish fell for Softdine XL’s and Down South Lures chicken of the c, as well as true plum super models. All our fish have been released in great condition. Just enjoying the great fishery of the Lower Laguna.
Sometimes when your chasing big trout, you just have to hang in there and grind.
That’s exactly what these boys did, and were rewarded for it. We saw ever changing conditions over their 3 days. Gale force winds, slick calm days, and 85 degree air temps.
I would like to congratulate Walker on his PB trout, 7#” long, caught on a black/green Softdine XL. We had a couple other big troutthat were picture worthy, but the bites were few and far between. Had several in the 4-5# range over the 3 days. There were a lot of baits detroyed by bruser redfish too! All our fish were released in great shape.
Let me start this story by saying, the good Lord blessed me on the water today!
I would have loved to seen the clients fighting these fish, over me.
I had 5 bites today, second bite of the morning was a 31”@8.25# trout. Got two more bites on our next few wades. Then the last wade of the day starting around 1:30pm, I hooked a 30”8.5# trout. Im always conservative on the length, being that it’s measured off the rod before being released. But, clients helped me measure and confirmed! Lol Continue reading Port Mansfield Trout Report→
Trying to figure out how to describe this groups Mansfield trip.
A good repeat summer client brought down a father/son team, and we were blessed to walk into a good bite. Evan the 13 year old hung in there all day and is a pretty good stick. Both the dad and him set their PB’s on day one, but we had a few days to try and upgrade Evans again.
Fish were caught in thigh to crotch sand pockets.
Aaron’s fish is pictures first, a 29”@7.75#.
Then Evan’s at 25”@4.5#
Landon and myself also got in on the action. His was just shy of 7#, and mine was 29.5”@8#.
Our trout and reds were released in good condition.
Day 3 of 4 with this group proved to be the best yet. Day 2 was tough under the high pressure with just a couple solid fish caught. But, day 3, Landon and Aaron upgraded their PB’s.
Aaron’s fish tipped the scales at 8.5#”
Landon’s went 8#@29”
Evan matched his again
We had multiple fish over 6#, and walked away from the bite trying to beat in some rain showers.
Today, unfortunately the rain canceled our plans of making a wade over the same ground before the front hit. Hopefully when the winds start backing off tomorrow I can relocate these fish for coming clients.
Well it worked out, we found fish super skinny, and even in flooded up areas that are typically dry. These fish were fooled by DSL’s candy apple and color x. These clients released all their reds, just out havin’ fun!
Wednesday and Thursday look great for sight casting. If you have ever wanted to try it, give us a call.
Today was a great way to end our bull red trips for the year! Beautiful weather and some fun repeat clients. These boys had a ball ending the day with 21 bulls between 39-45”. With the cooler water temps these big fish swam off to spawn, and fight another day with no problem. Continue reading POC Jetty Report→