Took advantage of the calm winds at the beginning of the week and had a lot of fun sight casting with repeat clients. We found fish holding in the same area as the previous week, but a little more scattered out as the water started coming up with the East winds. With the water coming up 4-5 inches a day we started seeing some reds pull up into small ponds that are generally just 8-10 inches deep. These fish were chasing small baits, almost like new hatch mullet and also crabs.
If you’re looking to fish the most beautiful rivers in America, grab your gear and get out of your comfort zone by checking out these destinations.
There’s nothing quite like getting out on the river for a day of fishing. Many enthusiasts consider river fishing a relaxing and enjoyable outdoor activity. As you plan your next nature-bound vacation, read up on some of the best destinations for river fishing in the United States.
Alaska: Soldotna River Walk
Have you ever been night fishing? Many enthusiasts make Soldotna their destination when looking for sockeye. After dark, sockeye salmon tend to swim closer to the shore, so you won’t need to wade in too deep. Pack your hip waders and prepare for an ethereal night of fishing in the dark.
Idaho: Snake River
The boisterous twists of the Snake River run through Hells Canyon, the deepest canyon gorge on the North American continent. Plenty of fish, from trout to crappie to chinook salmon, call this river home. Enjoy the biodiversity of the river and the majestic nature views all around you.
Florida: Suwannee River
This delightful blackwater stream in Florida runs through a variety of marshes and wetlands, flowing more than 200 miles from Georgia all the way to the Gulf of Mexico. Bass, both largemouth and smallmouth, abound here—you may even catch one that’s trophy-sized!
Montana: Yellowstone River
The Yellowstone River is the longest undammed river in the continental United States. Whether you prefer to wade in or take a boat out, you’ll see for yourself why it’s renowned for its trout fishing. For an unforgettable fly-fishing experience, head out to the mighty Yellowstone.
Texas: Brazos River
Don’t feel like traveling far? There are plenty of incredible rivers for fishing right here in Texas. The Brazos River, while muddy in many parts, boasts some of the best angling around right below Possum Kingdom Lake. Catch a wide variety of bass and channel catfish in these copper-tinted waters.
The best river fishing destinations in the United States aren’t always crowded tourist traps. Often, they’re tucked away in the wilderness or only famous among anglers. Grab your rod, reel, and tackle box and head out to one of these rivers for a productive day—or night—of fishing!
Fishing isn’t about luck; it’s about strategy. Upgrading your fishing boat ensures success with every cast. Add these improvements to increase your odds.
Every fisher needs a dependable boat. Whether you prefer bowfishing, flounder gigging, or using a rod and reel, your boat could be the difference between a successful catch and a dead end. With so many options available, deciding between boating updates can feel exhausting.
Your enhancements will largely depend on the types of fishing you do. However, there are some upgrades you should make for your fishing boat regardless of your angling preferences. Reel in the big ones by making these helpful renovations.
Optimize Your Motor
If you’ve been fishing for a while, your boat has probably seen better days. Old engines require more effort to travel a short distance and are costly to maintain. Optimizing your motor will get you from point A to point B in record time.
Replace outdated outboard motors with newer models for maximum efficiency. Add an on-boat battery charger to ensure you always have enough power. For trolling motors, learn how to bond a portable generator for bowfishing to enhance performance and prevent electrical malfunctions.
Build a Live-Bait Tank
Every budding angler remembers using worms and minnows for bait. While some veterans believe that lure fishing is the mark of an expert, there are still several advantages to fishing with live bait. If this is how you choose to fish, you’ll need a live-bait tank to keep your options fresh.
There’s nothing worse than realizing you’re out of bait in the middle of a trip. Installing your own live-bait tank will help you avoid that problem. Crafty anglers can build their own tanks; however, there are plenty of 20+ gallon tanks on the market that will keep your bait alive.
Install an LED Light System
Another upgrade you should make for your fishing boat is adding an LED light system. This is especially helpful for night-fishers who need to illuminate dark waters. LED lights last longer and are more energy-efficient, making them the perfect addition to your setup.
Apply LED light strips to interior railings and steering areas to help your vision. These lights are low enough that they won’t disturb any potential catches. Gone are the days of juggling flashlights, rods, and bait!
You could also consider using radar technology or fish-finding software and upgrading your anchor to improve your experience. Customizing your boat to fit your needs will increase your odds and make you a more successful angler.
Are you interested in tying your own flies but unsure where to begin? Let us help with our guide on the essential equipment every fly-tying workshop needs!
If you love to fly fish but get your flies from a fly fishing outfitter, you should consider making your flies yourself! In our guide, we’ll explain why you should start tying and get you started with the equipment you need to tie your own flies.
Why You Should Tie Your Own Flies
What’s the benefit of making your own flies in the first place? Well, if you ask any angler who ties their own flies, they’ll tell you that it may be a hassle at first, but the reward is definitely worth the effort.
Making your own flies allows for customization, so you can experiment and tinker to find the ideal fly for your favorite fishing spot. Once you catch fish using a fly crafted with your two hands, the satisfaction is double what you’d feel with a store-bought fly!
Pro Tip: Tying your own flies also saves you money long-term over buying new flies from fly fishing outfitters.
Essential Fly-Tying Equipment:
Ready to get tying? First, there’s some equipment you’ll need to start tying your own flies!
The first and most essential tool for your fly-tying hobby is a vise. The vise holds the hook of your fly in place while you’re tying and constructing it—you can’t make your own fly without one!
Your first decision will be to choose between a rotary and stationary vise. Both vises have their advantages, so it’ll come down to your individual preferences.
A bobbin supports the thread while the angler wraps the fly and gives them better aim and control of the line. Some intricate and high-quality (and high-priced) bobbins are available for experienced fly-tyers. For a beginner, it’s best to go with a simple and minimalist bobbin.
Speaking of thread, you won’t be able to make a fly without some! Anglers use many thread types, so you’ll want an assortment of sizes, colors, and strengths for your new fly-tying workshop.
Flies often feature feathers or some other long, delicate material to attract fish. These airy and light materials can be difficult to secure with bare hands, which is where hackle pliers come in!
After creating a few flies for yourself, you may be able to make one without using hackle pliers—but for beginners, we recommend using pliers.
A fly isn’t finished until it’s neatly wrapped and the thread is tied. The final knot of a fly is difficult, especially for those new to fly-tying. This is where the whip finisher comes in hand.
A whip finisher keeps the thread and materials in place while tying, making the finishing knot and step of fly-tying a breeze for even new fly-tyers.
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.
Captain Nathan Beabout
N&M Sportsman’s Adventures
The popularity of high-end fishing rods has continued to evolve through the years. In the past, you were forced to choose mostly between mass-produced rods and custom-built rods. My Dad had a nice workbench where he built up custom rods on Fenwick blanks with decorative thread wraps. Now, the serious angler on the Gulf Coast has a number of great options. Today, we take a look at Laguna Custom Rods.
We were looking for new rods to be used primarily wade-fishing for trout. I am familiar with a number of professional guides who use Laguna so I decided to visit their shop in Katy to check them out.
Laguna Custom Rods is a cool shop founded by two hard-core professional tournament fishermen who wanted the best. The blanks are manufactured in a separate facility but the final production work is all done at this location. The showroom is through the front door with the shop on the right. You can see for yourself first-hand how the rods are assembled.Continue reading “Laguna Custom Rods”
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.
Captain Nathan Beabout
N&M Sportsman’s Adventures
Texas is a big state with plenty of fantastic fishing opportunities. Check out one of these great fishing spots on your next weekend angling trip.
Few things are better than an afternoon of fishing. Casting your line out and enjoying the serenity of nature by yourself or with a few friends is one of the most incredible sensations on earth. When planning your next fishing trip, consider some of the best fishing spots in Texas when visiting over the summer.
Falcon Lake is one of the best bigmouth bass fishing spots in the entire Lone Star State. This reservoir is situated off of the Rio Grande. The secluded location makes it a great spot to get away from the city, if you’re up for the challenge of getting there. Falcon Lake is a good source of three-pound bass, making it worth planning a fishing trip here.
Lake Travis is the place for you if you’re seeking a livelier experience enjoying a little partying alongside your fishing. Lake Travis is famous for summertime festivals, party boats, and a more festive atmosphere. Aside from hosting white bass, largemouth bass, and Guadalupe bass, Lake Travis offers plenty of sights to see when you put your rod away for the day.
Caddo Lake stands out as one of the natural lakes of Texas, and is one of the best fishing spots to visit this summer. Between the hanging Spanish moss and lily pads out on the water, Caddo Lake is a gorgeous spot for those looking to spend some time in nature. This lake offers bass, crappie, and sunfish; if you’re a fishing enthusiast, this is a spot you have to experience at least once.
The Guadalupe River is only a short drive from Austin and an excellent location for a weekend camping trip. Thanks to the Texas parks department, this iconic river remains full of trout—Brown and Rainbow trout fill these waters. And when you’re done fishing and want to explore the lush Texas forests, this is a great place to set up camp.
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
Captain Nathan Beabout
N&M Sportsman’s Adventures
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.
|Big Low Tide Schools; Seadrift, TX. – YouTube
Captain Nathan Beabout
N&M Sportsman’s Adventures
We added a pair of Bennett self-leveling 10″ trim tabs to our Gulf Coast Classic 18 and could not be more pleased with the performance! One of the best investments ever at only $123. They have made a dramatic improvement in our hole shot while fishing the flats.
Like most boats, our Gulf Coast will run on plane shallower than its draft. That frequently leads to a bit of apprehension as we slow to a stop – will we still be floating? Kind of tough to gauge the depth at speed when you can clearly see the bottom is only about a foot deep. The follow up question is, can we get out of here?
Our Gulf Coast tends to squat quite a bit as it takes off. We raise the jack plate all the way up, trim the motor in tight, and punch it. This immediately causes the bow to rise, the stern to sink, and the motor digs into the bottom. Sometimes we can get out by easing off the throttle, and then trying to surf the follow up wave. That extra 2″ of lift can make all the difference. Other times, we can “spin” or “snake” our way onto plane. Sadly, other times we are forced to idle out a ways before we can get up.
Amazingly, the Bennett tabs have proven to be a revelation. It took a while to mount the starboard tab because we debated endlessly where to place it. In reality, there was only one good spot but it is crazy how you go down the rabbit hole of moving it 1/8″ one way or another. Probably spent an hour on the starboard tab and five minutes on the port tab. A cordless drill, screwdriver, and 3M 4200 is all you need.
First trip out we were coming out of the marina and I goosed it. I wasn’t entirely impressed by any improvement to be honest but I chalked it up to being in the deeper water. Second test, we were in about knee deep water, and again I wasn’t that impressed. It seemed like the prop was catching lots of air and the hole shot was so-so. Jack plate all the way up, motor trimmed in tight, same as always. To be fair, the bow rise was greatly reduced but we were kind of sluggish taking off.
Third test, knee deep water or shallower, but this time I bumped the jack plate down just slightly. Like a half-second bump, maybe lowered the motor less than an inch. Hit WOT and wow! The boat jumped up and forward like out of a slingshot! Stayed flat, bow flat, stern didn’t squat, and it just leaped onto plane. Amazing difference. I found the sweet spot for our rig.
My brother took the wheel and experienced the same sensation. Night and day improvement in hole shot performance.
The Bennett SLT10 Self-Leveling Tab System is highly approved!
Free Fishing Day Arrives in Texas June 4
AUSTIN – Anglers across Texas are marking their calendars and packing their tackle boxes for Free Fishing Day June 4. Each year on the first Saturday in June, Texans can fish on any public waterbody in the state without a fishing license.
“Free Fishing Day is a wonderful opportunity for anglers to share their knowledge, skills, equipment, and love for fishing with a new participant, yet it’s also more than that,” said Craig Bonds, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) Inland Fisheries Director. “We hope those trying fishing on this special day will also learn that purchasing a license is an act of conservation. A fishing license purchase is one of the simplest and most effective way people can support fisheries science and management.”
Anglers help the conservation effort with their license purchase with 100 percent of fishing license fees going to TPWD. The fees fund on-the-ground conservation efforts such as fish stocking that help make Texas one of the best places in the country to fish. For more information on licensing, visit the TPWD license page.
To help celebrate Free Fishing Day, TPWD offers multiple resources to provide fun, high-quality fishing opportunities to anglers of all skill levels and all ages. Continue reading “Free Fishing Day Arrives in Texas June 4”