"Man cannot discover new oceans unless he has the courage to lose sight of the shore."
-André Gide

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Heading South

I'm headed to the Coastal Bend (Corpus Christi - Rockport) area for two weeks of non-stop fishing. Check out my new blog at www.castingtales.wordpress.com for updates.

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Changing Locations

After today my blog will be moving to http://castingtales.wordpress.com/. WordPress offers a lot more freedom when it comes to designing and uploading content. I have almost completed the design and upload process, and I wanted to give everyone that follows my blog a heads up before I start switching my posts over there.

I've been working on setting up a blog on WordPress for a few weeks, and I wanted to have at least a basic understanding of how things work before I moved all of my content. I am still learning, so it may take some time before everything is running smoothly. I hope you enjoy my efforts.

Also, I have been on the water lately, but fishing has been slow to say the least. I plan on going out again at least a couple times before the week is over, so look forward to some blog posts very soon. Thanks for your support and I hope you continue to follow my adventures.

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Returning the Favor

Who would have thought getting skunked could feel so rewarding?

This morning I hit the water with an old friend, Raymond, the person responsible for my addiction and passion for the great sport of fishing. He introduced me fishing over a decade ago and I have been hooked, excuse the pun, ever since. We went fishing nearly every weekend from spring through the fall. I still remember when we used to soak bait together at one of the local piers or popular wading destinations on those hot summer days growing up. When reeling in fish no matter what the species brought a smile to our faces, and bringing fresh fish home was a rare but extremely satisfying accomplishment.

I learned a great deal about life spending all that time out on the water as an adolescent enjoying the outdoors and talking about life’s nuances, idiosyncrasies, and mysteries (usually women). I enjoyed being one of the “guys”, and hanging out with the grown-ups helped me become the mature young man that I am today. Times have changed since those early days, but one thing still rings true we both still enjoy to fish together.

This morning Chris, Raymond, and myself went out in search of bronze bruisers. Before this morning Raymond had never caught a redfish on an artificial lure or from a kayak. I have taken him out two previous trips recently without much success. I was really starting to doubt my skills as a “guide” as I’m sure he was starting to doubt my tales of all the redfish I’ve caught and seen lately. With the tides still running between 1’ – 1.5’ above normal and the amount of rain we’ve had recently locally here in the Galveston area I knew it might be a little tough to locate redfish in the marsh.

After discussing a few different options with Chris the night before we decided on a marsh that receives a lot of freshwater run-off. We chose this particular spot for a variety of reasons, but two stuck out. First, we wanted to fish an area that we knew was very skinny even on a normal high tide. This would make finding redfish somewhat easier because they would have less cover to conceal themselves. Next, our second criteria we looked for when choosing our spot was an area with plenty of freshwater run-off that receives good tidal flow.

When most people think of places to fish post-downpour they tend to focus on areas as far away from creek or river run-off areas because they think these areas are “too fresh” for fish to want to call home. This is usually true but the mouths of these areas are frequently good targets. Both baitfish and game fish alike both inhabit creeks and rivers during dry periods or periods of moderate rain when salinity levels are fairly stable.

When we get heavy showers like we’ve been experiencing lately the fish that populate these brackish areas tend to move only as far away from the run-off as they must to feed and retreat from the backwash. That place is usually near the mouth of these areas where bait tends to congregate. The success of this pattern relies heavily on finding an abundant amount of baitfish.

We, when I say we I mean everyone excluding myself, managed to catch a few redfish this morning very early on soft plastics and topwaters. Most bites came within the first couple of hours of fishing. We concentrated our efforts 2’ of water in an area with lots of scattered shell and plenty of baitfish. The particulars are not all that important. Me and Chris were both outfished by complete amateur when it comes to throwing artificial lures. And, I’m glad I was finally able to repay the goodwill Raymond sent my way all those years. There’s no sight much more rewarding than seeing a good friend with a smile on his face and fish on the end of his line.

Raymond's First Redfish On a Lure and in a Kayak

Beautiful Morning

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Understanding Tides (Two-Part Video)

Well, they say a picture is worth a thousand words, so what is a video worth? Time. It took a lot longer than I had anticipated to make and post these videos (was originally only supposed to be one video, but who knew YouTube has a length upload limit?) after shooting the footage, editing, and then finally uploading them.

I tried to keep the video as short as possible while still including all the information that I wanted to include, and I failed miserably at making it short and including everything I wanted to talk about. So, when you have some time to burn at work or while waiting for this weather to clear up take a look at these videos. Be forewarned that you may be bored to death, but hopefully you will take a thing or two out of this tirade that will help you become a better angler or at least catch more fish.

Furthermore, if you have any tide links that you like to use that are not mentioned feel free to share them.

I use this tidal site the most when I'm trying to decide when and where I want to fish. It gives both predicted and observed/actual tide levels.

I use this site when I want to get a more detailed picture of what the tides are doing throughout the day. I also use this website to see tidal trends over longer periods of time.

This website has a great animation of how the tides move in and out of our bay system.

Although I didn't mention it in the video I also use this tide cam to see what the tide is doing, especially if I'm going to be fishing anywhere around this area.

Here's another site I have saved that has tables for many places along the Texas Coast.


Friday, June 25, 2010

Fly Tying

Here's a video I made on how to tie an East Cut Grass Shrimp. I'm a novice fly-tyer, so any pointers on what I can improve on will be greatly appreciated.

White Grass Shrimp

Some old pictures of flies I tied in the past...

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Random Summer Fishing Pics

A few pictures from the last few weeks of fishing. All the photos of me are courtesy of my teammate Chris McCleod.