Sunday, July 30, 2006
Port O'Connor Fishing, July 30, 2006
It would be easy to say fishing is horrible right now but, that would be taking the easy way out. Perhaps a better way to describe it would be “fishing success is separated from a waterhauling fishing disaster by a very wide margin at present”. I’m not impressed with the fishing of late despite limits of Trout heavily centered in the upper end of the slot and near limits of Redfish daily. The reason for this commentary is the narrow band of success oriented structure and the amount of skill and experience that it requires to make that success happen. For recreational fishing friends with their own boats, I’m encouraging that they do something else presently. On the other hand, I’m calling certain clients encouraging near term trips for a specific “Double K” style of freelining.
I don’t have any idea how long we are going to be fishing on this narrow band of success but, I can tell you that I’m well informed and have a good handle on things from Port O to Rockport. If you are thinking about making a trip in the near term, hire a guide. Whatever you do, don’t blow what would essentially be a “guide fee” dragging that scowl down here to haul a bunch of water. If things start to straighten out, I’ll let you know.
Capt. Kris Kelley
Monday, July 10, 2006
Port O'Connor Fishing Report, July 10, 2006
Despite constant rain over the last week, we managed to enjoy great success working shell in SAB and ESB. Unbelievably, I didn’t lose a single trip due to weather and the success on the water speaks for itself. Friday, July 7th was the first day I actually left the ramp in the rain and fished in the rain. Dale S. was fishing with Tom S. in from Russia and on a tight schedule. We had to push it a bit and Dale’s wife Lana wasn’t “feeling it”. Despite the conditions, we managed to limit out at 10:30am with 30 Trout and a solid mid-slot Redfish. Way to hang in there Lana! Capt. James Cunningham and his party left mid-day after the rain and managed near limits with a less aggressive bite after the rain stopped. Tracey D. and his dad were in for another trip and managed quick Trout limits and a few Redfish. Chris Y. and his party of five fished hard during slack winds and a weather break Sunday. The guys fought hard through a big slick off in the bays. We managed to stick and move until the wind started blowing and then we rolled them up around 10:00am on a little 5 knot wind pop. The crew managed to come in a few Trout short for the effort.
The bays continue to look good despite the rain and I don’t see a blow out if we haven’t gotten it yet.
Capt. Kris Kelley
Monday, July 03, 2006
Port O'Connor Fishing Report, July 3, 2006
“Pick Your Window”
The title of this report would sum up fishing around the weather of late. We’ve got another “sit and spin” low pressure system hugging the coast and that’s made for some aggressive fishing tactics. Fortunately, the windows have been open for the dawn patrol and we are making quick work of the fishing. We have been catching full limits to near limits before the weather catches up with us around 8:30 – 9:00am. That makes for some aggressive approaches and bump and move tactics intercepting the fish as quickly as possible. We are fishing live Croaker freelined over shell among concentrations of active bait in San Antonio Bay and Espiritu Santo Bay. No bait activity, no fish.
The bays are holding up exceptionally well given the weather and the fish are definitely on a “feed” during this latest system. Give us a little break in the weather and I think July and August will go down as the two best months this year.
Capt. Kris Kelley