Relocated St Bernard guy in Texas - I hunted this past weekend in Harper Texas just to the west of fredricksburg. As you can see by the pics I did pretty well. Saturday alone I passed on (12) - 8 points before I shot. This is not a high fence area. This is open country where the deer are like rabbits. I cannot understand why Louisiana has less deer than Texas. I live in The Woodlands Texas now, just north of Houston. I see more deer on the way to work than most people see all deer season. I even see deer on the interstate hwy in Houston. I sure miss the fishing but the Hunting is great. I will be back on the 18th to wack some more. Just in case you are wondering I was on a powerline not at the feeders. People hunt the feeders and knowone hunts the powerline. The Rut was on and knew where the deer would be crossing. Imagine that, a fantastic powerline and knowone hunts it. Thanksgiving weekend I will be back home fishing in Delacroix.
For those who don't know the Reggio launch is closed. This means the Delacroix launches are the only ones open in this area. This is going to be a real mess come opening day of Teal and Duck seasons. I guess no more arriving 10min before sunrise and still making it to the blind. This will be a bad situation. Hope there's ducks!
I would like to fish lake Robin out of Hopedale this coming Monday evening. I will be launching at PIPS. What is the best way thru hopedale Lagoon to lake Robin. I have an 18ft alum. boat with small V. I have been in this area twice but have heard of shallow areas. Maybe I am thinking of reports from the winter when the tides are low. I am from the area but never use this route. Any help would be appreciated. Regards
Fished Hopedale Sunday morning with the Kids. Went to my KID SPOT right away. Fished at the end of the channel near bay Eloi. We caught White trout, croakers and channel mullet. Constant action for the kids. Almost all the time everyone was hooked up with a fish. Mostly white trout. A few big specs. My Daughter who is 8 enjoyed every minute. The kids were so tired they slept the whole way back up the channel. Fished for about 4 hrs. White trout are good to eat but must be fried fresh. That's what we had for dinner. It sure is great watching the kids catch one after another. One cried uncle after about three hours.
Fished Sunday out of Hopedale Had our limit of 50 nice specs by 9am. We caught the fish by looking for the 10-15 white shrimp jumping out of the water under the birds. At one point, we had shrimp and large specs jumping all around the boat. It's incredible seeing 2lb specs flying in the air. Wish we had a video camera. The shrimp were so big the birds had a hard time carrying them. We filled the floor of the boat and the wind changed to the WEST and the tide changed. This killed the bite. A west wind is terrible on the east side of the river. At this Point we started hitting the lagoons with spoons for the reds. Went a few hours without catching anything. Kinda strange since the reds were everywhere and would not bite. At about 12 noon the weather was looking cloudy and the reds turned on. We were catching them 2 at a time. Headed in loaded with fish. The porposes were amazing. They were everywhere we went. I thought they were going to climb in the boat. We are going to have to start eating these things soon to control the population. I will be back at em next Saturday! This is my favorite time of the year - or is December my favorite?
Looks like trawling season will be set today. It's not looking good with all the cool weather and water Salinities so low. I have trawled all my life and would like to share a true story from last year. Sorry no pictures, just memories and a freezer full of shrimp. On opening morning first drag after about 10min. I thought I hit a crab trap. The boat stopped and then started again. At about 12 min. my boards closed. The trawl was a 16ft. Started to pick up the net and it was real heavy. I cursed since I just knew I picked up a load of crab traps. When I got the tail near the boat it was completly full of shrimp. Took about 15min to get the tail in. It filled 1.5-70lb baskets of pure 40-50 count shrimp. Ran back dropped again. After 15min the same thing happened. This time 2-70lb baskets. After 15min had the pocket in the boat. My buddy said, 'we are not going to drop again'. I said, 'yep'. Another 15min. drag and 2-70lb baskets again. Each basket had about 2-5 lbs of fish to pick out. Otherwise clean as I have ever seen it. The pockets were heavy but years ago I developed a way to get big pockets into the boat. I was home for 10am with everything full and no ice. Picked heads from 11am-7pm. Gave shrimp away to just about everyone. The next Saturday 240lbs, same place. Looking forward to this year. Maybe I can find some a little bigger.
I will be fishing East Bay near Venice this Saturday. I have never fished there but have seen good reports. Trying to fill the boxes with a little of everything. We will be bottom fishing around the platforms. Can anyone offer some tips about the area and what platforms are best. If the platforms don't work out what would be plan B. Thanks!