Cha-Cha-Cha-Changes — October 2, 2007

I am really sorry for the long delay.  To say I have been busier than a one clawed blue crab would be an understatement.  I guess the last report was about a month ago and a few thousand fish and song birds have volunteered their tasty morsels for the benefit of mankind and solving world hunger—but I digress.  Mom, Dad, and I would like to extend a very warm thank you to Holt Cat, Texas Fly Fishers, and E.E. Reed (annual pilgrims) for their more than gracious groups. 

Once again, the drain of Cast & Blast is upon us; however, I am not getting to participate.  And, here comes the excuse for such a long overdue fishing report.  First, yours truly has become a chemistry teacher for Edinburg North High School, Go Cougars, went to Washington DC to lobby for Carbon Emissions reducing legislation that helps fund local Parks & Wildlife departments, for more info go to NWF’s www.targetglobalwarming .com or check back on our conservation pages this weekend and I will have a lodge info sheet on the legislation, and trying to move into a new place while fishing, lobbying, and generally learning how to become a teacher.  However, I will still be guiding weekends and all summer.

Now the about the teaching thing, I thought kids in the outdoors was a dying breed; however, I have a number of students that fish prodigiously and want to be guides when they graduate and marine biologist.  I can warmly say I think our Texas Wildlife traditions are safe and being taken to the next level for the coming generations.  Sadly, I do miss mom and dad and the lodge life a ton.  I know my departure is taking a toll on them but as a family we all decided it would be best for me to teach for a portion of the year so we have no more near death, pocket draining, hospital visits.

Now, away from all the catching up, how’s the fishing?  The fish have seemed to hit their transition phase and due to a horrible brown tide outbreak are not feeding as aggressively as they should this time of year.  However, we are still catching a few spotty tarpon and numbers of small bull reds to a few very large 40+.  As dad likes to say when he is looking for the big schools of bull reds, look for the red stained water.  We are also catching a number of 5 to 10 pound jacks in the bay…not for everyone but definitely fun for those that just like a tug on their line.

Trout are still holding a little deep but are choosing areas with a near by deep water escape.  Try the outside grasslines near the ICW or East Cut.  Trout are readily taking topwaters until, and yes you are not misreading this, the wind lays down.  Once the wind lays down and the mirror conditions ensue, switch over to a pearl and white plastic, or a chartreuse and white on an eighth or sixteenth ounce jig head.  Try to find the fish by working through the water column.  Once you find the depth, stay their and work it.

Offshore, well I have not had much tie to get out there.  TFF and I caught a number of great sized dorado and we lost something, straightened a five aught hook, huge but never got to see the fish.  Our suspicions were a huge ling or the 7+ foot barracuda we had buzz the boat a couple of times.  Just from the slow steady powerful run, I am leaning toward ling but as all great offshore adventures go it will always keep us guessing.  Captain Ray says the snapper, as always, are being very cooperative and 8 to 10 pounders are the average.

Well, we promise not to be strangers and will get back on the timely fishing reports…like the fish, we are going through somewhat of a transition period as well.

Until next time, fish more, hug your wife, and teach your kids something new about you.