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.
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.
Capt. Nathan Beabout catches Trophy Trout at Port Mansfield!
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.
Started before sun up wading for trout with DSL’s chicken of the c, on the oyster shell. The trout weren’t wanting to play nice today.
So as the winds slicked off we decided to go chase pods of reds. The first shoreline we pulled up to had reds in small groups, and singles crawling down the bank. But wouldn’t you know it, they didn’t wanna play either. Making some really good casts on single fish swimming right at us, and nothing. It took a few hours and a couple of moves to finally stick a few fish.
You would have thought with the perfect conditions, the outcome would have had a perfect ending. But, sometimes this is how it goes. We were in the right zip code, and tomorrow is a different day.
Great start to our Port Mansfield, TX Trophy Trout Season. Although the weather did not cooperate, we managed to find some solid trout mixed in with some heavy redfish.
Under the calm conditions we worked One Knocker topwaters and weedless DSL white ice in knee to thigh deep gin clear water. Spreading out and barely walking, fan casting all around and especially at small rafts of bait proved to be most effective.
We saw several larger trout in the area, and I know that with even just a little wind it could have been possible. Folks if you haven’t been to the Lower Laguna, you are missing the trip of a lifetime.
Group #2 of days 3 and 4 had a pretty good go at wade fishing.
Yesterday we started in the dark fishing over sand/grass hoping the moon would bring us a couple of big fish. Biggest fish we had was 23”. We left that and found solid trout and redfish on oyster reefs in SA bay. The bait of choice was DSL’s blue moon. Fish were holding in 2-3ft of water under a raft of mullet.
Today we were met with a 3 hour rain delay. After watching the lightning crack over the bay, we knew it could be tough, but had to go try. We walked knee to thigh deep sand pockets throwing chicken of the c, plum, and blue moon. Ended up with a handful of dink trout, one solid trout that thumped it on the end of my cast, but had some nice keeper reds for our effort.
Over to the POC jetties the next couple days to battle big reds.
Fun day sight cast with Bobby Sullivan. Perfect wind and sunny conditions. Redfish were aggressive early up on the flats, then around 11am they fell out to deeper water. DSL super models victorious secret, color x, and hogie lures did the trick.
Plenty of dates open for August and September if anybody wants to get in on this Middle Coast action. Whether it’s wading or sight casting, give us a call to book your trip.
Grinded it out in a bit today through some morning fog and rain. But, it’s always a lot of fun to take a first time wader. Mrs. Noel did a great job, first out of the boat, and managed to catch a few throwing DSL pumpkinseed and chicken of the c. Other fish fell for a Mirro-dine.
Hopefully the fronts are behind us, and we can move into some great Spring action. Give us a shout to get your trip booked, plenty of April-June dates available.