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.
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.
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.
Been a weather battle this week in Port Mansfield so far. Monday we had favorable winds early and had a couple big trout slip away. The cold front seemed to halt everything but the redfish bite for a couple days. Throwing soft plastics rigged weedless seemed to be the best. DSL’s dirty tequila, white ice, and magic grass were the top baits.
Today has been a slow warm up in water and air temps. The bite was on at sunrise and throwing Softdine XL’s in green/black and Texas chicken we had trout to 22” and one 5 pounder showed up to play. More redfish than you could shake a stick at.
With our weather pattern gradually getting warmer over the next few days, we are hopeful that the big trout we have seen will start to eat. Nothin’ to complain about being in Mansfield, and we know the bigs will start to become aggressive.
Starting off with thick fog each morning and calm winds each day, the bite started slow. By mid day the skies would start to clear off and SE wind picked up to 10-20mph turning water color to a sandy green and concentrating bait fish. It seemed like each day from 1pm until 5:45pm the big trout bite really fired off with fish from 6.5-8.25# landed. Because the water temperatures started in the mornings around 70 degrees and reached 74-75 in the afternoon, most of the Corky bites died off. Our best baits were DSL super models color x, strawberry wine and topwaters.
Sunday morning we were able to get in one wade before the front reached us. Hoping for a good pre front bite, we were able to get on some great fish. Good reds mixed in with big trout. We had several good blow ups, but not many connected. I was the lucky one who got to land a trophy of a fish at 9# and 30.25”, with a 7.25# just a few cast later before calling it quits.
All of our Port Mansfield fish are released to fight another day!
Just about everybody knows this year’s fishery on the Middle Texas Coast was probably the best we’ve seen in years. And, most folks know it takes a cold winter like the one we are experiencing to get the Trophy trout to really start to feed in big numbers. I believe this winter is going to be epic up and down the coast.
Whether you would like to book in Seadrift or Port Mansfield with me, here are my open dates for the next few months. Our Winter Discount ends February 28th, and the Port Mansfield Trophy Trout Package ends March 31st.