- EAST MATAGORDA SPECKS by Kyle Tomek
- Where to find the big 'uns this winter.
- A cool December wind puffed at our backs. In the distance, gulls were
dive-bombing ambushed baitfish like fighter jets. Void of a cloud, the
blue sky was empty except for the sea gulls and waking sun. Mother Nature
couldn't have painted a more beautiful morning.
- Tucked in between an exposed reef and bay shore, this south shoreline
locale provided a bottom contour rich with heat containing mud and shell.
- "Shouldn't we go wade up to those birds," I said to Captain
Lee Warmke, a fishing guide in Matagorda.
- "Those birds are just a distraction compared to what we are after,"
Chester Moore, Jr.
- World-class wahoo await anglers in the cold Gulf
- For a second I did not know if my buddy Chris
was shouting his approval at fighting the big dolphin on his line or if
indeed one of the fast-moving toothy creatures with the funny name had
moved in on the weed line we were fishing.
- Just as I reached the back of the boat to take
a look, my rod doubled over and a silver flash exploded out of the water
with a big, chrome Rapala in its mouth. I do not know how many of you have
ever had two anglers battling a bull dolphin and a 50-pound wahoo in the
back of a 26-foot boat, but you should not be surprised when I say it was
a miracle we landed the fish. They zig-zagged all over the place and only
by the Grace of God, they did not tangle up.
- Continue reading...
- Jack Attack - by
Capt. Fred Everson
- Winter is prime time for jacks on Tampa Bay.
- It is a cool winter afternoon and we are coming across the flats from
Tampa Bay into the mouth of the Little Manatee River. The water is literally
beaten to froth covering an area that has to be acres.
- "Can that really be fish?" asks my buddy John.
- "Yeah man, that's one massive Jack attack. Let's get 'em!"
- We storm to the edge of the school on plane, just within casting distance
and I shut the engine down. I have a long, limber flats rod rigged for
redfish with weighted jerk bait, but you could put a hook in a two by four
and toss it into this melee and catch fish with it.
- Gulf Coast Closeup -
- Capt. Brandon Carter - An Angler Driven by Change
- by Al Rogers
- In mid-October Capt. Brandon Carter was slaying speckled
trout, redfish and flounder in a coastal bay just south of Venice, Louisiana.
The lower estuaries across the Mississippi River Delta were teeming with
life and it seemed like fishing could not get any better. Fish fed voraciously,
crashing schools of baitfish and shrimp at every opportunity.
- The frenzied conditions continued over the next two weeks but in early
November Carter didn't return to Blind Bay. He didn't even consider it,
opting instead to move north to concentrate on the interior river system,
middle bays and vast marshes. Most anglers would have returned to Blind
Bay but not Carter. Experience told him it was time. Time to move
on; time to make adjustments; time to change the game plan.
- OUR DEPARTMENTS...
- Equipment Notebook
Plug Know-How" - by David Ayers
- Rod & Reel'n Offshore - "Try a Copper
Wire Bridled Hook" - by Patrick
- The Bay Naturalist
- "Jacks of all Trades" - by
- The Fly Guy-
"No-Brainer Reds" - by
Pete Cooper, Jr.
- Tackle Time
- "Travel Tackle" - by Colby Sorrells
- Bait Hook
- "Ice Fishing Tips..." - by Jim Martin
- From the Publisher...
- Besides all these great articles and departments, Gulf Coast Fisherman
is the only source for the Wells Daily Fishing Forecast.
Each issue carries three months of the Wells Daily
Fishing Forecast - with Monthly Fishing Calendars. This will provide
what you need to intelligently plan your fishing trips - hours, weeks,
and months in advance!
- Top saltwater guides and fishermen use the Wells Daily Fishing Forecast - shouldn't you be using it ,too?...
- "The fisherman that knows what the currents
are doing has the advantage - over fish and fishermen!"
- And remember - "Fish feed everyday, somewhere
" - Harold Wells
- Gary Ralston