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I fished with Captain Ernest Cisneros on Monday 6/12. We were targeting snook at my request. It's been a goal of mine for a while to catch a Lone Star snook, and that finally happened. We caught several that day. They ranged from 18"(mine)-30.5". My father-in-law's took top prize at 30.5". Aaron, Ernest's son, came in a close second with his going 29.5". I also had an "accidental" catch of two redfish (24" and 25") and a 17" trout. All fish were caught on topwaters. On Tuesday my FIL and I went out to the same spot to try for some more. All Ernest's charters until Thursday were in different areas, so I told him we'd keep tabs on the snook for him :D. I caught another snook at 22" and a 19" red before the wind died at about 9:30. With the wind the bite died too. Gave it another shot on Wednesday and hit it just right. My buddy Charlie who'd chartered Ernest with us on Monday joined us this time. He brought his brother and step dad. Between the five of us we landed 10 snook. None were under 24" this day. I came home the winner with my own 30.5" snook. My FIL also landed two 19" reds. Again, all fish on topwaters. Thursday we let Ernest have his shoreline back and drifted Long Bar. We picked up four trout from 20-22". This time we were using TTKII Juniors in pump/white/chart. It became a parking lot at Long Bar at about 10:00 AM and the bite died, so we headed in to get the boat ready for the trip back to Houston on Friday. Last night Ernest called me and said they caught 18 snook on Thursday! He is on them big time right now, so if you've ever wanted to catch one, give him a ring.
 

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2-kewl!!!!!!!!!
 

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Great snook catch! They fight harder than anything else in the water. We caught some last two summers at port isabell. My son hooked one under the lights at the private pier that was huge, he went all up and down the channel before breaking off. Tops must have been really fun for them.
 

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Nice going, TC. Capt Ernest has definitely got those snook dialed in. Thanks for the great report and pics.
 

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Tail Chaser,

Great report and pics. Thanks for scouting out the area on Tuesday & Wednesday. I'm the one who fished with Ernest on Thursday. Treated my dad to an early Father's Day gift. What a day it was. That trip in fact went down in history as the most entertaining day I have ever had fishing!! Yes we landed 18 snook, my dad landed 10 of those! Still waiting on my pics from Ernest. Here's a teaser shot in the meantime........
 

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Nice Snook!!! I was down there last week, Thursday afternoon thru Sunday. The wind never managed to get below 22 mph. My luck!! Original plans were to go offshore, but that plan was shot so we were looking for snook, but only managed to catch trout, plenty of them, but a few of them were pretty nice though. Enjoyed fishing the different water.
 

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sounds like a great time with ernest----------he's a great guy and good friend------you won't ever fish with a guy that works harder=======and=====he loves it. i need to sneek down that way soon and get on the snook myself.
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quackersmacker said:
The wind never managed to get below 22 mph.
I know what you mean, by the time we got off the water Thursday morning the wind was honking out of the south and the bay was white capping pretty bad. I hope Napolean there in that picture caught you a delicious trout, LOL!
 

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That was actually my first trip down there in like 7 years. I had been once with a guide but he took us to South Bay last time. On this trip i talked to the owner of hook, line, and sinker, the only nice people i found down there to talk fishing to and he sent me to the spoil banks on the west side of the intercoastal waterway (between markers 116 and 120). I went and tried to talk to some guys at Jim's and they just kind of gave the the run around. I guess i should of tried to contact some 2coolers before i went down there. Well they sure were asking questions when i threw atleast 3 fish over 25" on the cleaning table each day. LOL. I normally never keep anything over 25" unless it is going on the wall, but i just wanted to **** some of those guys off, and boy did I. All on arties to boot and Napolean even caught a few hawgs himself.
 

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Sweet catch.
I know of a bunch of good spots down there. I grew up in PI.
It's all hit and miss though. Sometimes they are there and most of the time their not. If your a guide, or like me growing up, and can fish every day. You can stay on um all year round. It's tough to find the fish. I lucked out last 4th of july and found fish the first day out. We stayed on um that whole weekend.
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The trout have been hit and miss down here this year. Numbers have been low, but the qaulity of fish is better than last year. The reds have been abundant so far this year. Some nice flounder are being caught as well.
 

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I'm pretty conservative when it comes to my beloved trout but it is great to that line about them boys at Jim's.

I used to fish out of their once in while about two years ago til I got tired of some(no make that most) of their antics.

Happy your trip was a sucess.
 
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