Teach a Man … — October 16, 2007

There is a saying somewhere…maybe a decent book which states catch a man a fish and he eats for a day, teach him to fish and feed him for a lifetime.  Nowhere does the passage even mention teach him to fish then take him far away from the water and watch him suffer a tortuous and debilitating piscatorial withdrawal.  Welcome to the new life of Chemistry teacher Captain Brandon Shuler.

Unfortunately, I am having to live vicariously through dad and Teddy.  Alright, I am getting a little wade time but the weekends are just not enough for me.  Admittedly, though, the time off the water and not getting to get wet everyday has enlightened me on the virtues of being a guide.  For my full time clients and those yet to fish with me, expect an even more enthusiastic and appreciative fishing guide.  I know now exactly what you guys are looking for and I vow to bring it to you.

So on to the fishing.  Dad and Teddy have been knee deep in water and mud.  The fishing has been moderate with a 27 inch trout and a new All-Star Rod going to a lucky client last week.  Reds have started their migration in full earnest and as they exit one way the flounder are swimming in the other.  Teddy landed an awesome front door placemat this week.  She easily went 28 to 30 inches and every pound of 5 to 6.  Beautiful fish and a delicious stuffed flattie.

Trout are really hitting their transitional phases right now.  Mornings are affording great top water bites but quickly closing out to light colored to chartreuse soft plastics.  Look for the trout to stage on tidal flows and deep water ledges with shallow water access.  The coming full moon should be the last of the late spawners and should really start to put the trout into winter tie patterns.  Shallow early and deep in the afternoon.  The fall shrimp hatch should be coming along with this last full moon as well.  So, work the birds over and do not leave any popping shrimp unexplored.

Reds as always are reds.  The northeast flats have been successful early and late afternoon after the boat traffic has slowed.  Reds are readily taking top waters all day if you have the patience.  Tails still prevail on windward shorelines and the birds are really betraying their whereabouts.

Snook catches should be increasing around the jetties and in out of the way snook haunts.  Look for dorsaling fish early and only expect the bite to be successful through the night and 30 minutes after sunrise.  The old adage about something and a worm comes to mind.  Speaking of snook…check out my feature article in this months Shallow Water Angler.  they have also honored me with the lead feature on the website…great magazine and great guys  [url=http://www.shallowwaterangler.com] Shallow Water Angler [/url]

Bird hunting has been awesome with a couple of poor hunts thrown in.  Most hunters are being welcomed to sights like the one above and if you can shoot…well, have at it and have fun.

Until next time, tutor your kids, tire them out before you send them to the teacher, and say a prayer my patience stays intact.