Re: Navigation Check out www.southpadremaps.com. There are continual arial photographs of the bays from South Padre all the way to Galveston. There are also maps and hybrid maps/photos. The maps are not terribly helpful but if you zoom the photos to max, you can see explicit bottom detail revealing grass lines, pot holes, old oil […]
Texas Saltwater Fishing News
Re: Cold Front Approaching Hey ChasinTail..what kinda boat did ya get?? something new?? ;D
Still TOO OLD to post reports after fishing all day – Feb. 18th 2010 Folks, I know this is a broken record, BUT, I’m just too old to fish all day and sit down and write fishing reports that night. As a solution if I don’t post reports in a timely manner and you are […]
The Story Behind the Mansfield Mauler here is an old saying that necessity is the mother of all invention. In the case of Captain Bob and the Marvelous Mansfield Mauler, it cannot be truer. In the late 1983, the year of the great freeze, Captain Bob had a 92-year-old gentleman fish with him two days […]
What’s in a Word? Sustainability: what's in a word? We hear in the news sustainable economy. We hear conservationist and environmental NGOs (eNGOs) asking if wildlife and flora can sustain current human impact. And the one we all hear and choose to fear or embrace-depending on our conservation ethic-is if fishing populations are sustainable at […]
Cabins for rent? Does anyone know if any of the cabins at the south end of the land cut are for rent? I know there are some around 9 mile hole and north of there, but I would prefer to fish the LLM.
Condolences to the Family of Captain Wayne Stark There are few times I’ve heard Dad’s voice break. To claim the old man comes from stolid, ascetic German stock is simply stating the obvious. I’ve heard his voice break only three other times in my life. He cried volumes when my eighth grade best friend, Byron […]
February 14th Through 21st 2005 — Belizean Adventures What do you get when you add one fly fisherman and five bait casters, divide them into three groups, and stir in three of the best guides in southern Belize? We got skunked. Each year, the guide staff, Captains Bruce and Brandon Shuler, Captain Teddy Springer, Captain […]
December 5, 2003 — Transition!!!! When was the last time you played with a Yo-Yo? That little toy from years gone by best sums up the pattern lately. With cool fronts making weekly visits to the Lower Laguna Madre, the fish have become cold-blooded Yo-Yo’s. The fish are acting as confused as some anglers. If […]
April 6, 2006 — Wind-ing Up! This weekend marks the true start of the lodge season. No more weekends off until the built in break sometime in July. What does that mean? Offshore season flies into my dreams, fish start their late spring and early summer patterns, and birds begin giving away schools of fish. […]
May 8, 2005 — WIND, WIND, BUT!!! We Have Water!!!!! We found the fish along the edge of the I.C.W. in about 5 to 6 foot of water. The trout are feeding on small baitfish and shrimp, the birds pinpointed them for us. If you notice a current cast up current and let your bait […]
June 30, 2003 — Twenty One Feet of Reds Sorry for the delay in keeping our fishing reports page up to date, but June was a very trying month with the loss of my Mother and Shirley’s Mom’s broken hip one week later. This coupled with a busy schedule left precious little computer time for […]
August 29, 2005 — Snakes, Sharks, and other Things that Bite Raising parents is hard! Working and living with them is harder. Luckily this week, we are taking a few days off to start preparations for the long hard Cast & Blast season and mom and dad have headed north to their grand baby and […]
January 31, 2007 — Cold Wind + Cold Rain = Big Trout Alright, admittedly, I am a stuck up skinny water fly fisherman who would prefer to chase sheephead on fly in ankle deep water than mess around with deep water trout in freezing (for a south Texas boy) weather. Well, the last month or […]
Re: any news on the fishing as the fishing report said….the winds were crazy all day sunday and monday but we walked right into the reds and caught a few limits…mostly on topp water! As for the trout…3 of us caught a few between 16-19 inches….again mostly on top water….! winds kicked our butts all […]
Re: Pop Gets Wake Up Call! Brandon, Please tell your dad that we are very relieved to hear that his heart procedure was a success and that he will be back in his element next week. My dad says to tell him to lose some weight–we all could stand to, I know I can. We […]
Re: Tarpon in the Bay. That is awesome!Kudos to you..Would be a dream come true for me to get one in the bay.I haven't jumped a tarpon since 2002 and that was about a mile off the jetties. Took a Mirrorlure under a small log and made my Penn spinner smell like a bad set […]
hows the bite……. going to be down for a few days staying out in Arroyo city and was wondering how the bite was and if the fish are still real scattered cause of all the traffic!?
Re: TARPON TARPON EVERYWHERE! I look forward to seeing the pics–what size are these “herrings”?
Traveling to Mansfield tomorrow, any help is appreciated! Hello there, I'm new here and don't get to do much saltwater fishing, but we are leaving early Thursday morning from Tyler,Tx to spend a few days in Port Mansfield. We are going off shore during the days on Friday and Saturday as long as the conditions […]
Re: 1st time 🙁 Rey, I think your fishing too deep. In the morning try a foot or two of water. After 9:00 am or so start going a little deeper. The reds love mud as do drum and stingrays :o. If its trout your looking for try the cleaner water. Don't spend too much […]
New to Mission I recently moved here from Dallas, and was hoping to try doing some wade fishing, I really have no idea where to start. I don't have a boat, and would like to try wading in an area where I can get to with a pickup. Any assistance would be greatly appreciated!
Re: New Fly Record Red Snapper-Pending Certification It was an IGFA legal catch but it would have been 16lb tippet and I didn't think it would be close to the IGFA record….turns out it's only 8lbs or something I think. There's always next time. I've got the record Mangrove Snapper as well, it would have […]
Snowbird heading south Great looking site, Bruce. We have a 5th wheel trailer and a 14' cartop boat.. Will be down your way from Jan to April and would like some recomandations as to where to stay. Also, what do you consider as “cold” weather during that time period and what ocean water temp should […]
Re: GAME ON!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Up Date Short up date. Will get photos and report posted ASAP. Thursday and Friday were red letter days. Mitch from Bay City and Dewain from Houston came down and fished Friday, we had limits before 9:00AM. Lucky for me a catch and release trip. NO FISH CLEANING!!!!!Mitch set the bar high […]
Prayers for Capt. Dan Coley and Family We ask all of our friends to PLEASE remember Capt. Dan Coley and his family in your prayers. He is in the battle of his life, as the Cancer has returned. He is at home with the best possible care he can get. Joyce and the family. We […]
Getting Windy…Going Deep — March 12, 2008 With Teddy, dad, and the rest of the old farts out of town and trying to commit international incidents in Brazil, I was left in charge of the guiding duties and to keep our crew on the fish. My charters and I all think I accomplished said goal….at […]
Re: catch 2000 catch non for me!?? First thing people have to understand the salinity level in the lower Laguna Madre is higher than the Gulf! With that being said most times a Catch 2000 right out of the box will float or sink extremely slow., this due to the high salinity. A trick I […]
Re: Fisheries Improvement or Rose Colored Glasses??? WesThe event will only be for ladies. If you and your dad want to come down the same time no problem we'll put you up in another location close by and fish you. Give me a call and we can get you guys set up. That is also […]
Re: Action, Sound, Get Wet — May 12, 2008 Bruce/Brandon, Thanks for sharing your secrets to success–my experience has been that the details are the key to successful catching. I guess I am surprised to hear that you do not use shock leaders at all–especially for trophy trout time. Do you prefer a particular type […]
Electrical Fires, Wind, Offline, Trout, Wind — June 5, 2008 Thank goodness, server rooms are airtight. If not, the winds this week would have created a spreading forest fire larger than the mind can imagine. We are sorry we have been offline since Monday. I know I have missed a number of important emails and […]
Stormy tournament? Looks like I'm missing tournament for the second year in a row.Be interesting to see how the bay and offshore fishing will be affected with this storm blowing by the day before.Funny, Seems like the minute I put my money down at sign in the wind starts blowing like a hurricane anyway. >:(
Re: Slightly optimistic- East cut putawaywetYep!! So are we, but I do have the complete bid package with plans and profiles. If anyone wants to see them let me know and I will e-mail them to you. We got the package just a day after Dolly torn us a new one, I just didn't have […]
Re: catch 2000 catch non for me!?? Danny, Happy birthday man. Have you graduated yet? How's the game warden appointment coming? Have faith. They are a Winter/Early spring bait. I started out with very little confidence but Dad and Teddy were tearing the sows up. I MADE myself fish them for a week. Once I […]
Re: East cut sweeties! where's the fish?
Schedule for Public Meetings Notice of Public Meetings Texas Parks & Wildlife Department – Coastal Fisheries Division will be hosting a series of coastwide public meetings to discuss potential changes to existing fishery regulations. At the meetings TPWD will be scoping several items for the upcoming 2009 statewide hunting […]
Re: Wind this weekend Thanks guys for responding to Top waters request. I will be back in Port later today and will catch up on posting. I really hate doing the fishing shows but if it wasn’t getting to see folks I only get to see once a year it would be a real drag. […]
Re: LORD HELP ME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Correct that number it was 12. Today is going to be a tuff one, North Winds 20 MPH , high pressure and BRIGHT CLEAR SKYS!WE will have to see!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!LaterBruce
Re: The Return of Poppie’s Pink Posse! (Captain Sally’s Women’s Retreat 2/09) After 46 years, I finally found my purpose in life. Who would have thought that it was to create misery for Poppy, Bruce, and occasionally Shirley? See you next week Bruce and thanks again for a wonderful trip.michelle
Shark!!! I was wade fishing the northern shoreline today when I noticed a fin sticking out of the water in about 3 ft of water.Turned out to be a big ole' shark maybe about 5 ft. It came in too close for comfort so I high tailed it outta there.Tried to see if it would […]
Re: I FOUND CARP! Capt. Brandon I happen to be the super carp geek. As I live in the middle of far west Texas and my fishing spots are limited. I have had great success with crawfish patterns and a custom pheasant tail pattern I have developed. When fishing in super calm conditions I use […]
fishing books lately, I've been surfing the web on my free time, most often than not, to gain knowledge on catching trout and reds at the south padre/port mansfield area. Most of the great information I get is mainly from articles. I know its great info, however I know that there is many details that […]
LURES!!!!! Hey cap, What lures are curently working well please include topwaters and soft plastics thanks!
Re: TOPWATERS As always thanks for the great info Captain Shuer
Re: Under the lights!!! I have four foot long green light that we hang underneath the boat, it works great, I was just wondering about a good place to use it between Mansfield and the arroyo and what the best conditions would be? Thanks
Re: THE LURES I agree with Capt. Brandon You might want some 1/4 or 3/8 jigheads for the jetties or the ICW, I prefer the screw on jig heads You might also want throw in some corkys Red, bone, and watermelon are all good soft plastic colors
Re: Getting Back to the water Will do Capt Bruce, Thanks for your time and assistance, Dang I cant wait to retire and get back to the PM lifestyle 8)
Re: FISHING LINES I use power pro 8 lb test… always has worked great for me and the sensitivity is awesome.. once u go braided you will never go back.. IMO… that's my 2 cents worth…
Summer Time Rolls — June 30, 2009 It's been a long time, but it's for a good excuse. The fishing has continued to just rock. However, let's not limit to the bay now: the summer patterns have picked up and dad has been slamming the kings and tarpon. I've, for unknown reasons, have been fishing […]
Re: Rules? always contact a Game Warden.. with that there should be no second guessing after talkin to one.. Met a fellow in Riviera the other weekend.. said there's a FINE line in fishing/hunting properly and tresspasin and poaching on peoples private properties!! Good Luck! deucen!