Why is it just the "soakers" that keep the big fish? I soak bait and I don't keep any big fish. I hardly keep any fish, unless I plan on eating them soon.Wish I knew.. The fishing was very bad in POC last year and worse this year. I know a lot of the big egg layers get pulled out by the soakers and I know the pressure has greatly been increased in general but can such a decline really be caused by fisherman? I was told by someone that the drought brought the salinity levels high enough in the back lakes that the fish were uncomfortable and moved out into the gulf. I can't see that happening either. I release all fish unless I eating them that night and I do not keep anything over 25" including redfish. Take a camera while you wade if you need bragging rights because the jack asses at the cleaning table will forget about you in a day or two. Is it really worth the kill? Dead fish don't take very good pictures anyway.
Why don't you just come out and say you don't like guides? Kind of a backdoor cheap shot. I know that the guys at Bayflats contribute a pretty good chunk of change to the hatcheries every year. Can you say that?Wanted see what you guys thought was the reason for the severe downturn in Trout population on the Mid Texas Coast?
he did,,,Why don't you just come out and say you don't like guides? Kind of a backdoor cheap shot. I know that the guys at Bayflats contribute a pretty good chunk of change to the hatcheries every year. Can you say that?
Wow, not saying it's the guides faults by any means but 50% decrease in trips over the last 18 months times how many guides is a lot of dang fish.I have seen a decline in the numbers of keeper trout I have caught in the past 24 months in the area as well but tend to think that is influenced more by natural causes, ie heavy run off in 07, drought 08-09, fewer shrimp hatches, etc. Lots and lots of dinks though, so the future is bright.
As for the guides, it's a tough business. I am sure most up and down the coast have seen their business decline by atleast 50% during the past 18 months. Successful ones must work very hard at keeping customers happy. Fish are much better at hiding than we or guides are at finding them, with or without croaker.
A good estuary will easily be able to replenish a reasonable amount of bounty guides and rec anglers can take out with a rod and reel. Go fish somewhere else and I will let you know when it's right again :smile: