All posts by Capt. Nathan Beabout

Captain Nathan Beabout has guided fishing trips and duck hunting trips on the Middle Texas ​Coast since 2007. He has fine tuned his fishing and hunting skills, and adapted to all skill levels of customers for a successful trip. Spending many days on the water every year, his knowledge and skills of fishing from San Antonio Bay to Cedar Bayou and Port Mansfield areas, has developed and can lead you to a memorable trip. Call Capt. Nathan at (210) 452-9680

Seadrift, TX. Sight Casting/Wading Report

This past week has been some ups and downs. Good sight casting conditions turned ugly as SE winds came out of nowhere. But, I don’t want to talk bad about it because it brought some much needed water back into the bay. We did manage to find shelter in some back marsh ponds and creeks, even managed a sight casting a couple nice flounder sneaking down the edges. The wade fishing scene is starting to improve with the rise in water. Starting off early in the pre-dawn hours we made a couple stops on some shell where we managed a mixed bite of keeper size trout, some big reef redfish, and a couple solid summertime trout.

Most of our trout wading came on soft plastics in a variety of colors from chicken of the c to strawberry wine, mostly in the Down South Lures models. The reef redfish couldn’t resist the topwaters, as that was the safest thing to throw being they were up against the edge of the reef. We had a few other trouty blow ups, but only one really wanted it.

As the water leveled off the later part of the week, we noticed some of the reds were already starting to make their move. We saw most of our fish at the ends of creeks that dumped onto a shallow sand flat or pond. This is where most of the bait was stacked up so it makes perfect sense. Funny how they know these water level changes and how to adjust. All our fish were released in great shape and I would like to thank all the clients for putting forth this effort to help the bays recover.

On a side note, we do have August 10&11th open if anybody is interested in sight casting. The winds look like they are really going to cooperate.

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AB Kennels/M2 Breeding; Port Lavaca, TX.

Hi folks, my name is Nathan Beabout. My wife Margaret and I own and operate AB Kennels/M2 Breeding.

It doesn’t seem all that long ago, 2007, that I became a fishing/hunting guide here on the Middle Texas Coast based out of Seadrift, Texas, and live just north of Port Lavaca. I quickly learned the ins and outs for a successful day on the water. I am still obsessed with the saltwater, and for the first few years you couldn’t hardly pull me off it.

Once duck season rolled around, I knew I needed a trusted dog. With help from an older guide who had been in the game for many years, I learned to train my first hunting partner. From then on and each dog I have hunted over, I have more fun watching them work then the actually shooting part. When my wife became pregnant with our first child, we decided our family would benefit from her being a stay at home mom.

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Wade Fishing Seadrift, TX. 7/24/22

This week we were met with the same S-SW winds and extreme low tides. This has changed our game plan up a bit. We would chase trout first couple wades in the morning before the sun broke the morning clouds. Then as the day quickly heated up and we lost the trout bite, we turned our attention to stalking shin deep grass flats. Rigging Down South Lures burner shad on the Laguna Rod we proceeded to inch quietly along looking for reds tailing and cruising the edge of sand pockets.

This is just as much fun as Sight Casting off the tower when done correctly. Walking without a sound you are able to get within feet of these reds and they have no idea. It’s just like stalking that monster buck through the brush. Once you’re in their wheelhouse it’s game on. We had some fish refuse or simply spook as soon as we made the cast. Others would jump on it, I think the trick is once you find them, just stand there and let them work into your range. Be patient and don’t rush towards them. Lots of fun this week and finally today the SE wind kicked in, by the time we got back to the dock this afternoon the water had come up a bit. Hopefully this week’s SE wind forecast will continue to bring in the water, I think it will change our trout bite for the better.

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Capt. Nathan’s Sight Casting Client List; Seadrift, TX.

Folks see these days when we sight cast reds, and say man your so lucky to have caught the weather so nice on that trip. But, I will let you in on a little secret, it was planned. The way most of my sight casting trip works is off a client list. These clients love to sight cast, and for that we look at dates open on my fishing calendar and days of low winds. When these two things come together I simply text the people on the client list, and whoever responds they can do it, the date is theirs.

If you have ever wanted to try sight casting, or have done it and are hooked, simply text or private message me on here with your name and number, and i will put it on my client list for those perfect days. Sure I understand that not every time I text about a good weather day is coming up, that you can go. But every now and then it will work out, you will have great weather and a fun day of fishing, I promise. Sight Casting can be done year around, and when the weather is right, it is an experience you won’t want to miss out on.

Typically we can make that call on a good day of sight casting, 3-6 days in advance. Again, if interested shoot me your info and be the person on the other end of the fight in these photos. Thanks

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Sight Casting; Seadrift, TX.

This week week we finally had some good low wind days and sunny skies. I cannot resist getting the clients on the tower under these conditions. While trout fishing is fun, it is hard to beat these calm days when you can find pods of 10-15 tailing, and schools of 100-200 floating on the surface. Our baits of choice were DSL’s burner shad in mud minnow, and magic grass. In the 4″ model it was pure watermelon and candy apple.

The redfish activity was best from sun up to about 8:30 with the tailing pods, then they pulled off the tops of the flats and shorelines towards the drop in about 3-4 foot of water. Where they would either be singles or a pair cruising together. We had to slow way down and scan the deeper more green water. They would be tougher to spot, but the pink tail flash gave them away each time.

On the other hand mid morning until early afternoon, the big schools could be spotted from a long ways off as they were all suspended just inches under the surface. These fish were also in 3-4 foot of water, and once they alerted to something, they would simply sink to the bottom and out of sight. The strategy here was once we spotted them, we would powerpole down and let them work towards us. Once in range we would either pick one or two off, or they wouldn’t even look at our baits. They would go down and we would sit waiting for them to come back up and try again. Many of the fish in the larger schools were oversized, but still a fun fight and awesome to see. Most all our reds this week were released healthy for another day. Simply watching these fish natural behavior and the fight is enough.

One client brought his 13 year old son with him, and we had a blast. He was able to spot fish really well, and after a little coaching was able to sight cast his very first redfish.

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Seadrift, TX. Wading

This week was met with some ups and downs. We had a few decent days of fishing, but then the winds became more than we wanted to deal with, so some of our repeat groups opted to pick another day in the summer.

With these strong winds, we had to pay attention each day as to what direction it was out of. The more south it had in it, the lower the water. This made us change game plans and adjust our wades to locate better trout. These weren’t big moves to different areas, simply micro moves or adjustments depending on the water levels on a particular flat we wanted to fish.

Most of our success was found throwing Down South Lures soft plastics. Depending on water clarity and sunlight, we either through colors like magic grass, plum/chart, and chicken of the c, or blue moon and strawberry wine. Trout were aggressive early before sunrise, then a small feed but not as aggressive during the middle of the day. That is to be expected with these hotter than normal temperatures. All our trout and few reds that we caught out of small pods were released to fight another day.

Some of the areas that we fished depending on what the wind was doing. We could either walk across the top of the flat more in the strike zone, or we had to stand off to the edge of the flat, throwing up on top of it and working the baits off the edge. This was more affective the hotter the day got.

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Seadrift, TX. Wade Fishing

This past week was much of the same action as last week. This is to be expected this time of year as conditions stay relatively the same. Our biggest challenge during these hotter periods is knowing when to be where. Feed periods, tidal movement and bait activity help us key in on bigger fish.

Our bait selection this week with the higher winds was DSL’s victorious secret, chicken of the c, and plum/chart. Early in the mornings before the big winds, we did have some pretty aggressive topwater action. In the San Antonio Bay system, when the wind shifts from ESE to SSE and S, it causes bay waters to shift from the south side over to the north side. When this happens the bay gets stirred up and water goes more sandy brown than green. This color change along with cloudy, partly cloudy, or sunny skies plays a role in our bait selection.

With the future forecast holding much of the same winds next week, I would suspect we will reload the boxes with the same tackle. Although we had some hot air temps already, the better trout have seemed to hold up shallow longer than expected. But, by 11-12pm the bite would tapper off, instead of the hard thumps from earlier in the morning it was just that hung up in grass feeling, with a head shake. It is hard to do, but most successful way to land these types of fish is to just start cranking, catch up to them and get tight.

On a side note, we have been able to enjoy God’s work leaving out in the morning, and witnessing something called a planet parade. Before sunrise in the East sky you can see 4 planets in a line. from right to left it’s Jupiter, Venus, Mars and Saturn. At least that’s what the article I read about it said. Pretty cool getting to see things like this in the pre-dawn hours.

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Seadrift, TX. Wade Fishing; 5/6/22

Hey Folks,
We were down for a couple weeks, but it feels good to be back on the water this past week after getting the new boat rigged and ready. We saw a lot of changes in just a short span. From near Coastal Flood Advisories to a tide that is now about a foot or so low. When the 20-30mph SSE winds kicked up in the early part of the week, we witnessed the bay water being pushed from the south side to the north side of the bay. When this happened, naturally it drained to back marsh, and with it came hundreds of thousands of small bait fish. Shad, glass minnows, and even the baby grass shrimp poured out into the bay.

This was key in a couple different reasons. Mainly because locating the isolated areas was key on finding a good bite. But also, this told us that we needed to down size our selection. Spook Jr topwaters, 4″ Down South Lures instead of 5″, and Double D’s worked well, especially when the trout were suspended and in feed mode. This event takes place every Spring, and if you will make note of it, future outings can be more successful. Although the first half of the week saw just a water shift, the second have had more south in the wind which has lead us to this lower than normal tide. For that we had to make small adjustments, but was able to stay on fish through the tide swing. Remember micro moves can make all the difference sometimes.

We have decided to continue to release all our trout again this year, in an effort to help the bay system continue it’s rebuild. The trout this week were released in good shape.

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Giant Trout at Port Mansfield

Well it was an interesting winter on the Lower Laguna. Just when you think you got the big trout figured out, mother nature throws you a curve ball. Not only did we have big temperature swings with the air and water, but we also had multiple different bait hatches because of the big warm ups we faced. These different hatches, and near 78 degree water temps at times, forced us to think outside the box and fish a completely different pattern than we are used to for this time of year.

None the less, once we figured out the pattern we were able to stay on fish we were hunting for. We used a variety of baits to catch these fish, and what we saw was on warming trends they wanted small mirrodines, baby softdines, and soft plastics. We never had a very explosive topwater bite, at least not from the trout, but the reds would give us a show. On days during or before a front, softdine xl’s and a few fatboys did the trick. Personally I like throwing mirrodine xl’s and softdine xl’s over anything.

All in all we set a few new personal best, released all trout and reds, and even a few flounder in healthy condition. Had a blast with clients both new and old, and look forward to next year. We will be back down to Port in a few weeks to try our hand at chasing big fish in April. Between now and then, we have a handful of openings here in our home waters of Seadrift/Port O’Connor. If it’s a wade fishing artificial trip, sight casting reds, or a navigational trip to learn new waters give us a call.

As a continuing effort to help our bay system rebound, we will again this year ask clients to release all trout. If you would like to keep a couple reds for dinner that is fine with us. Thank you for the support in helping our fisheries, we look forward to fishing with y’all.

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Port Mansfield, TX. Wade Fishing Report

This round of Port Mansfield was met with the right weather and lower tides. With these fronts stacking up every 5-6 days the water temperature is holding which is more conducive to trigger bigger trout to feed. We lost a few days because of the strong north winds, but the pre front and post front bites were spot on. We watched fish change their feed pattern from topwaters and plastics to Corkys during periods of cold and again to plastics on warm up days. Any bait in a natural selection was the ticket. Unfortunately we all lost an opportunity at a Lower Laguna monster, but that’s what keeps you coming back.port mansfield trout

We had a lot of fun, and with the weather continuing to roll in. I know the next round of trips will be even better. Hopefully this time with we can stay connected with the fish we are seeking.

All our trout and reds were released to fight another day in good condition.

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Port Mansfield Report 12/27/21-1/2/22

The past week in Mansfield was a very different kind of winter fishing. In fact it was more like late spring, with air temperature near 88 degrees, and water temps from 72-82 degrees. The water level however was about 6 inches to a foot low which helped. We didn’t not find any true Lower Laguna monsters, but had several nice trout between 5-7 pounds, and more redfish than you could shake a stick at.

With the warming trend we found most of our bites on Down South Lures pure chicken of the c, white ice, and strawberry wine in the super model. They were rigged with weedless 1/16-1/8oz. jig heads. During the early morning and again during feed periods we saw an explosive topwater bite. We fished many different zones and bottoms finding fish in each, but the best was over thigh deep sand pockets. Two days before the front arrived, we figured fish would be ramping up their intake with the approaching artic front, and found a very hard hitting Corky bite. Like all our Port Mansfield trips, all trout and reds were released to fight another day.

It was a fun week in Mansfield, and we’ll be back tomorrow, with hopes that the fall in water temperature and tides will provide a more aggressive trout bite and have some of our next PB’s waiting for us. If you have never experienced what the Lower Laguna has to offer give us a call for an experience of a lifetime.

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Jan 23-25

Feb 22-24

I have to describe one picture. third one down was a baby seahorse found alive in on of our wading nets upon hoping in the boat after a wade. We placed him back in the water and he hurried off to the grass and wrapped around a long blade of turtle grass.

Cedar Bayou Report

Just can’t stay away from the saltwater. When dad called and said he was heading to Cedar Bayou in the morning, I couldn’t help myself.

We met at a foggy boat ramp and eased across the bay. Once we got in the bayou and parked the boat, it was a short 500 yard walk to the surf. And, until 1pm we caught reds at a steady pace. Never had more than about 10 minutes to sit down. We caught reds up to 41”, several in the 30-34” range.

The best part was standing in shin deep water throwing out to the fir Cedar Bayou Redfishst cut. Can’t wait to see how lower SA bay and Mesquite get in the Spring, once I get back from Port Mansfield.

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