Monday, August 14, 2006
Port O'Connor Fishing Report, August 14, 2006
With the wind pop late last week, soft fishing took on a whole new meaning for many. Winds gusting into the middle 20’s have gutted most bay systems leaving even Redfishing a “dicey proposition”. The pattern and technique I’ve been on for a couple of weeks continues to produce both numbers and size of both Trout and Redfish in some “virtually unfishable conditions”. Interestingly, the Redfish are more present at times than others while the Trout are “ever present”. The technique requires diligence and persistence on the part of the client and it’s “really up to them” where results are concerned. Dealing with any new technique requires getting past the learning curve quickly and then sticking to it. Saturday would be a good example as my crew of four grinders managed 22 Trout and 5 Redfish with the Reds being middle slot and the Trout pushing to 24”. The guys picked up the technique quickly and then stayed with it through thick and thin. We have been seeing fish to 28” inches periodically but, they have been very tough to get a hook in. Spitting, slashing, and hook pulling are a plague that typically rears it’s head on the lower end of the tide spectrum. As far as I can tell, there really isn’t anything you can do about it except fish through it and “listen to your guide”.
When hooking a big fish, I’ve noticed many anglers want to get in an equipment test with the fish right from the initial hook-set. I don’t recommend maxing the line, rod, to see whether it’s going to break or whether you are going to turn that fish’s head right off the bat. Rather, “when hooking into a brick wall”, back off initially until the fish has made it’s initial “startled surge” and then becomes more manageable. Only then should you start applying more pressure to that potential “wall hanger”. This would avoid the heart break associated with “hook pulls”.
Capt. Kris Kelley
Tuesday, August 08, 2006
Port O'Connor Fishing Report, August 8, 2006
Fishing continues spotty with narrow bands of success oriented structure and locations. Last week we ran into the first full day out going tide combination of the season. For months, we have been seeing incoming tide and/or tides early to mid-day and have patterned our catching accordingly. With things getting soft over a variety of structures and locations, the last thing anyone needed was to throw a peaking high tide at break light followed by an all day falling tide into the mix. In May and June, I’d say we had Trout on 7 out of 10 shell reefs in San Antonio Bay. Since the Full Moon in July, I’d say that number has plummeted to 2 out of 20. “Knowing the 2 has been the key for me”.
“Always the Bridesmaid” would describe any number of tournaments I fished this year placing from 2nd to 4th consistently. I fished the Swan Point Marina Lures and Leaders tournament Saturday. With a team of four first time fishing gals we managed to conquer the learning curve quickly. The weigh in was 10 best Trout and 3 Redfish. We caught our Trout with plenty of time to spare and then managed to haul a bunch of water when it came to catching Redfish. I knew if someone caught three Redfish, our Trout wouldn’t hold up. Sure enough, we ended up 2nd with 18.2 Oz. behind Pete Grey with 19.6 Oz. consisting of three Redfish and a 28” Trout.
Capt. Kris Kelley