Join Date: Mar 2003
Location: steelhead country
Comments from Corpus Christi, Texas...
...it's so much fun being a fervent wet fly swinging, Skagit casting steelheader in south Texas (visiting family a few weeks). Its friggen HOT, HUMID as hell, the wind is SERIOUS, and there's NO MOVING WATER!!! AAAAARGH! The only place I can "swing" is a channel that's been cut to connect Corpus Christi bay with the Gulf of Mexico, and only when the tide is incoming, producing about .000003 mph of "current". When the tide is outgoing, there's so much "grass" flowing out towards the Gulf that it is IMPOSSIBLE to get a "clean" swing. And did I mention the WIND - 25 to 40 mph far more days than not!
Flats fishing for reds and specks? Haven't been able to figure out ANYTHING about it so far because it all looks the SAME to me - miles and miles and MILES of the same-looking stuff! Have caught a few fish in the channel "swinging" - lots of small bluegill-ish, sort of looking things, a couple of flounder (from 1 to 3 pounds), a ray, some 12" to 16" "trout", some very small (8" to 12") drum type fish, and some very weird bottom-dwelling looking stuff with big heads and spiny poisonous? looking fins (bought heavy duty long nose pliers to deal with these!). I have also caught a pompano - looks like a permit, and fights really good. It was about 2 1/2 pounds and very cool to catch! Other cool stuff - lots of interesting bird life such as pelicans, roseate spoonbills, white crane looking stuff, some sort of crested eagle looking things, sea turtles, hermit crabs...