- WANT REDS? by Chester Moore, Jr.
- Just Follow the Mullet
- The stretch of surf between Louisiana Point and Constance Beach in
Cameron Parish, La. is a pretty desolate place. If it weren't for the recently
constructed LNG plant in the background you would think you were in some
remote corner of the world complete with alligators sunning on the beach
and hordes of blood-sucking insects.
- This area is totally inaccessible by bank and requires a run from nearby
Sabine Pass to reach. During the summer, this stretch of shoreline has
become known as one of the top spots on the Gulf Coast to catch big speckled
trout and draws tournament anglers from as far away as Galveston hoping
to get a few hours of time in this speck rich area.
- It's not the specks however that interests me there, but the redfish
Breton Island by Al Rogers
- This Place is Made to Wade!
- Speckled trout enthusiasts generally fall into
two categories. There are those who search out schools where they have
the best chances of catching greater numbers. The action can be fast and
furious on soft plastics in various colors and live shrimp under popping
corks. A goal for many in this
group is limits, or the maximum allowable catch.
- There is another kind of angler who avoids schools,
sacrificing numbers and action in a relentless hunt for the fish of a lifetime
- a trophy speckled trout. These fish are generally loners, spending their
final years in isolation. At seven pounds or heavier, these trout are rare
when compared to the vast numbers of schooling fish. We often hear of double-digit
specks caught in estuaries across the Gulf States. But you'll rarely hear
about the old timers who have never caught a five-pound trout after trying
for nearly 50 years.
- Trophy trout fishermen are somewhat of an exclusive
group. They know spawning patterns. They closely watch moon phases, water
temperatures, tides, and salinities. They move into prime areas with the
stealth of a cat and typically use bigger baits. They are extremely patient,
sometimes fishing all day for two or three strikes.
- They know that out of more than 150 trout estuaries
in the Gulf of Mexico, only a few select regions have historically produced
trophy specks. Some of these areas include the Lower Laguna Madre and Baffin
Bay in Texas, or lakes Calcasieu and Pontchartrain in Louisiana. One of
these big trout areas is Breton Island, just off the coast of southeast
- Light Tackle Tactics - by Capt. Fred Everson
- How to Handle Big Bay Fish on Light Tackle
- My guess is that most flats fishermen employ longer than average rods,
with relatively small reels spooled with something like 10 or 12 pound
test monofilament line, or 15-pound microfilament. The reason for this
range of choice has to do with casting distance. In clear, shallow water,
the farther you can cast, the more fish you are going to catch. Avid flats
fishermen know this. To cast low impact lures and baits a long distance,
requires some flex in the rod. If you are throwing a _ ounce plug in two
feet of clear water, you might as well throw dynamite both will have
the same effect on surviving fish. Short plug rods have their place, but
it's certainly not in skinny, gin clear water.
- Most fishermen tailor their equipment to meet average fish in regular
conditions. But there are times in the shallow water situation where an
outsized fish takes the lure or bait. When your equipment is carefully
tailored to land slot sized fish on the flats, would you be able to land
a 15 pound jack crevalle, a 20 pound snook, a 40 pound black drum, a 90
pound tarpon or a 30 pound cobia? The answer should "Of course,"
but your rod handling and fish fighting skills need to be up to snuff,
and your tackle has to be in perfect condition fresh line and leader,
carefully tied knots, a super smooth drag, and a well cared for rod.
- Gulf Coast Closeup - by Vernon Summerlin
- Panama City Beach Florida - "Best Bay
Fishing in the South"
- Looking for an opportunity to experience fishing Panama City Beach's
bountiful bay and coastal waters?
- I had the pleasure of fishing with Captain Greg Burnett, a Panama City
native. Greg has more than 20 years experience fishing and exploring these
waters. His guide service is located at Bay Point Marina, and his 22-foot
Osprey is designed for working the shallowest flats but still capable of
fishing open bay waters and coastal beaches.
- I was on a tight schedule that allowed only a short time on the water
but it was impressive...
- OUR DEPARTMENTS...
- Paddling Out - Summer
Trout - Deep, Green & Pink -
by Jeff Herman
- What I think I know about summer trout fishing
is constantly changing. I am always refining my opinion of "can't
miss" predictions, patterns, and half-truths (a.k.a. half-lies) when
it comes to figuring out speckled trout. I have finally distilled all my
personal thoughts, consulted with my trout chasing buddies, and tried to
pin down some experts on hooking specks in the warm months. It all
comes down to three words: Green. Deep. Pink.
- Rod & Reel'n Offshore - Egg Weight Makeover
- by Patrick Lemire
- Equipment Notebook
Profile Cleats - by David Ayers
- The Bay Naturalist
- Paying Attention
- by John Hook
- The Fly Guy -
The Challenge of Tripletail - by
Pete Cooper, Jr.
- Tackle Time
- The Saltwater Spinners - by Colby Sorrells
- Bait Hook
- Minefield Flounder - 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. Also, don't forget
about the Advance Planning Calendars in each issue that takes you out three
months past the current issue. This will provide what you need to intelligently
plan your fishing trips - hours, weeks, and up to six 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