Except when there’s a hurricane blowing in, or the Spanish Armada is bearing down on the coastline, there’s never a bad time for a fishing trip to the beach.
Former Central Texas broadcaster and outdoorsman Tyler Thorsen, who now makes his home at the Texas coast, reports that saltwater anglers are finding a lot of success in the waters near Corpus Christi.
“Lots of big slot and oversized black drum being caught from JFK Causeway-area piers, Marker 37 Pier, the intra-coastal waterway at turn-arounds on Highway 361, and inside Packery Channel,” Thorsen said. Top baits are shrimp, mantis shrimp (sea lice) and Fishbites.
He added that Land Cut, and Alazan and Baffin Bays have also been good for drum using live shrimp, and crab and shrimp Fishbites tipped with a little dead shrimp.
Pier fishermen at Indian Point in Portland are being rewarded with big drum and whiting on warm days with strong southeasterly winds, a pattern that peaks in February, said Thorsen. Sheepshead have been biting at Fina Docks and the Port Aransas jetties – with the bite inside the jetty being better than the open water side.
A little further inland, Thorsen says the white bass run is currently peaking on the Nueces River, with a hot spot being the Highway 59 bridge. And as we head further into February, that trend will spread northward into our area.
Fishing is the best medicine
Lake Whitney striper guide Clay Yadon (817-219-3707) says he’s so happy to be out of the hospital and back on the water that he can hardly contain himself.
“Fishing has been good,” he said, “but some days require more persistence than others. We’re still getting limits almost every trip, though.”
The lake’s striped bass are on the move, he says, and it’s unusual to find them in the same place two days in a row. “One day we’re catching them in 14 feet of water, and the next day, they’re at 65,” he said. “They are where you find them.”
He said the birds aren’t working the schools of feeding fish right now, so locating them requires knowing promising areas and fishing them until you hit on something. He fishes channel edges and humps, and watches his graph, saying if he doesn’t catch or see anything, he doesn’t wait long before moving on.
Slow-trolling soft plastics is the best method for catching fish right now, and after catching a limit of stripers, he switches to 1-ounce jigging spoons and bounces them off the bottom to catch sand bass, which have also been elusive. “You can still catch a lot of fish, but you’ve just got to be prepared to move a lot,” Yadon said.
And as Yadon can attest, a rough day on the lake is still better than a smooth day in the hospital.
Angling event was a really big success
The 30th annual Really Big Fishing Event for Really Special People on Saturday made an indelibly positive mark on the spirits of thousands of disabled people and their caretakers.
Travis Bailey, who has been an organizer since its inception, says he couldn’t do any of it without the support of the community, organizations, businesses and agencies that volunteer time, effort and money to support the event. In addition to providing a day of food, carnival games, dancing, fishing and more, the event also gives caregivers information and networking opportunities to help them better serve those in their care.
Volunteers from Baylor, the Young Marines, Fort Hood soldiers, Texas Parks & Wildlife, MHMR, Veterans of Foreign Wars, K-12 school service clubs and a number of individuals once again pitched in to make the day memorable.
Bailey also wants to thank Buckeye Bingo for its sponsorship and the Optimist Club of Waco for supplying the thousands of trout that fill the fishing tank – the cornerstone of the event.
Waco Cabela’s hosting fly fishing seminar
Waco Cabela’s will host a introductory fly-fishing seminar on Saturday at 1 p.m. at 2700 Marketplace Drive.
In addition to the basics about equipment, gear and techniques, speakers are being lined up from the local fly fishing club to talk about specific species to target and strategies to use in our area.