by Robert Sloan
Anglers don't need big boats for nearshore fun...
- Mention the words "offshore
fishing" and I'll guarantee that 99.9 percent of whoever hears you
say that will automatically assume that you are referring to angling anywhere
from 30 to 100 miles out. But, that is not always the case when fishermen
talk offshore angling. In fact, there are quite a few of us that fish offshore
and never get any farther than 10 miles out.
Some of the best nearshore fishing I've ever encountered was out of Sabine
Pass. That's where you can find a group of rigs that are no more than a
few miles off the beach. Actually they are off the southwest corner of Louisiana...
Hot Weather Flounder by Mike Thompson
Top spots for summer flounder around Mobile,
- During a typical Gulf Coast summer the weather can make staying out
in the glaring heat quite an obstacle. In fact, a lot of anglers start
to confine their fishing efforts to early morning or late afternoons. While
this tactic can pay off with good success in these short windows, sometimes
you have to figure out another way to beat the heat.
- A blistering hot Gulf Coast day can challenge even the most dedicated
angler. Those who chase the flatfish know that the fish will eat at various
times of the day regardless of the heat. Finding places that offer both
shade and current will up your chance for success.
- Places to Target
- Scores of fishermen ply the waters around Dauphin Island and Mobile
Bay. During the heat of a Gulf Coast summer, anglers are looking for places
to catch fish in comfort. Many of these fishermen have found that big flounder
are looking for comfort, too...
- SOUTHERN FRIED SPECKS by Danno Wise
- Hot water tactics for summer specks
Spotted seatrout, or speckled trout, are one
of the most popular saltwater species across the South-eastern United States.
However, many anglers believe these fish are hard to catch during the dog
days of summer. Nothing could be further from the truth. Speckled trout
can be targeted and caught even on the hottest days of summer, but anglers
do need to alter their game plan in order to be successful.
- Typically, inshore anglers can think of a summer pattern for specks
being the same as a winter pattern, only in reverse. During both summer
and winter, speckled trout spend the majority of their time in relatively
deep water. However, the times they are shallow and deep are different.
- From June through September, speckled trout will spend the overnight
and lowlight hours on the shallow flats...
- Gulf Coast Closeup - by Kyle Tomek
- Lake Austin - Fishing off the beaten path
Redfish are notorious inhabitants
of the countless lakes that tie into the Intracoastal Waterway. Matagorda,
Texas area back lakes such as Crab Lake, Oyster Lake, and Little Boggy Bayou
all contain very similar formations of scattered oyster patches, soppy mud,
and salt grass shores. As tides funnel schools of baitfish in and out of
the estuary, a remarkably large following of redfish tend to hang everywhere
from their far reaching shallows to the mouths. One body of water in particular,
Lake Austin, is a unique coastal fishing destination that offers itself
as an option to anglers that frequent Matagorda Bay.
Lake Austin is not small, but also not large enough to draw much attention
from fishing crowds. It is a natural lake that combines the fresh water
of Peyton Creek and the salty waters of the northeast edge of East Matagorda
Bay and the Intracoastal Waterway. The lake sits north of Big Boggy National
Wildlife Refuge. Hawkins Ranch, one of the oldest ranches on the upper Gulf
Coast, lies on the north shore of the lake.
Access to Lake Austin is rather primitive. A gravel road lasting ten
miles is the only motor vehicle route to reach Lake Austin's village called
Chinquapin that contains few cabins and even fewer permanent residents...
- This issue in OUR DEPARTMENTS...
- Paddling Out - New
Texas Kayak Guide's License - by Jeff Herman
- Rod & Reel'n Offshore
- It's Pectacular! - by
- Equipment Notebook
a VHF Radio - by David Ayers
- The Bay Naturalist
- Take a Pass
- by John Hook
- The Fly Guy -
Fishign by the Golden Rule - by
Pete Cooper, Jr.
- Tackle Time
- Fishing High or Low - Which Way to Go?
- by Colby Sorrells
- Bait Hook
- Just One More Cast!
- 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
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