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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 st cut. Can’t wait to see how lower SA bay and Mesquite get in the Spring, once I get back from Port Mansfield.
Over the last week down in the Lower Laguna we saw a lot of fish caught in a variety of zones. We caught an equal amount of trout and reds all week on a variety of baits from DSL’s, Corkys and topwaters.
While it is unseasonably warm for December and the water is high, the big fish we are down here for were tougher to come by. We did see fishing during the week from 5-8#. A lot of healthy mid to upper slot reds and some very healthy 18-21” trout. There were countless trout that were 4# and measured 20-21”. Despite what these fish have been through, and the help of some very conservation minded local guides and weekenders. This fishery is thriving.
I’m excited and hopeful that when the right weather senerios get here, I think there will be some big trout caught. Now I believe it will not be as common in years past, but those who put in the time, and are in the right zip code will have the chance at a true giant. Y’all stay tuned for some winter fishing updates.
Good day with this repeat crew catching and releasing marsh reds.
With the flooded tides, we got to push way back into the marsh where few boats go. We found fish patrolling small grass flats and using the creeks like highways between the flats. Down South Lures pure chicken of the c and magic grass were the baits of choice.
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Repeat DFW clients had a great two day trip with perfect October weather.
Day one we spent sight casting reds in the marsh. Most of the reds were hanging on shallow flats early, then by 12pm droppped out to 2-3 foot of water. But would float up to the surface making them easy targets.
Day two they opted for the big pulls at the POC jetties. For me things seemed a little off. Only catching a few big reds today. None the less, we knew the day would be short so these boys could get to Kyle Field for the Aggie game tonight.
Today we tried some areas that I haven’t fished in several months. The conditions were right with a 5-10mph ENE wind, green water, lots of mid sized mullet, and rafts of finger mullet. We decided to work the entire pocket, which would make for about a 1.5 hour wade. As soon as we got out the clients were catching 16-18″ trout along the bank throwing a variety of Gambler baits.
I walked down the drop off in crotch to waist deep water yielding no bites. As we approached 3 small shell pads I knew of down the bank, we tightened up, walking closer together. At first it was a few strikes, then a couple barely keeper reds, but then one of my cast throwing a olive green/silver Mirrodine XL sailed with the wind and to the backside of the reef. Almost instantly it got crushed. At first glance it shook like a trout, even pulled and glided like one. But then she breeched and my jaw hit to ground. I knew right away it was my PB flounder. Catching several each year I never gave it much thought. Being that the ones I usually catch are in the 15-18″ range. This girl here tipped the Boga at 6.25# and on the rod was 25″ long. After a quick picture, we released her back into the water.
After my client handed me my phone back, he turned and made a pitch on the other side of the reef, and was hooked up. We laughed in amazement, another solid flounder. This want went 4#, and once again after a quick photo she was released for another day. The clients continued down the shoreline as I made the 500 yard walk to the boat.
Once I caught up with them upon idling up, they had caught a few reds out of a school of 20-30 fish, and a few nice trout. Of which one they said measured around 24″ on the rod. Never leaving fish to go find fish, we continued on hooking into a few more solid trout and lower slot reds. It’s always a blast when a plan comes together, and knowing when to dig in and stay is also key.
It took us a little bit this morning to find our rhythm, but once we settled in redfish were coming to hand.
After a bite of lunch trout and redfish could be found throwing topwaters and Down South Lures super natural working knee deep sand pockets. All our fish were released to fight another day and were found in big rafts of finger mullet.
Each day is different, that is what I like about guiding. Today was no exception, we traveled to an area I haven’t fished in a while, but it was set up perfect for the north wind. We had good clean water, and tons of bait. But, the first 6-7 reds of the morning wanted nothing to do with the baits we were throwing at them. Usually these fish like big baits, 5-7 inches.
However today, after a few short strikes and you could see they just grabbed the tail of the bait, we downsized to the small Down South Lures burner shad and 4″ baits. This did the trick for the most part. We still had a handful of refusals after that but, they didn’t even attempt to strike. They just swam on past like it wasn’t even there. In my opinion this is one of two things. First, some of these fish might just be getting to the area, and are getting their bearings on food sources and cover. Second, it could simply have been the weak front that we got. About mid-day I checked the Barometric Pressure, it was at 30.02 and climbing. This could have been just high enough to lock some of these fish up.
Good weather just keeps rolling in, and blessing us with perfect conditions. It was a lot of fun today watching this repeat group fight fish after fish.
Just a couple trips ago the tower was a new thing to them. But now they can spot them reds like a pro. It is such a fun way to fish. If you’ve never tried it, give us a call and we’ll give you more details on how we play the weather and get you out there!