by Capt Mullet
I have gotten a lot of requests from 2coolers to begin a report style blog similar to the reports I used to compile here on 2cool that seemed so popular in years past. So here it goes.
This last week of January had a few ups and downs. I started out last Sunday (29th) on the water as a scouting mission. A good friend of mine and myself were chunking lures all day long while drifting. Didn't seem to matter what we threw because they didnt want to eat. Conditions were not good with blue bird skies and light winds. We fished all up and down the San Jacinto river and just couldnt get a bite. We ended up the day with 1 keeper trout and a few sandies and that was it.
Monday was a different story. SE winds that picked up along with a lot of cloud cover changed the attitude of those fish. Hitting the same exact areas we starting catching fish on the first drift. I had an 80 year old retiree who still has the energy to fish and golf every week. I hope I can do that when I am his age!! Fishing in 3 - 3.5 ft of water over heavy shell was the preferred target area. All of our trout were in the 18-21 inch range with no undersize fish mixed in at all. Just solid trout and 1 black drum. All of our fish were caught on a popping cork with live shrimp. We didn't have a lot of time on the water since we launched at 2 pm but we ended up with 9 solid trout and 1 black drum.
On Tuesday I decided to launch late morning and that was a mistake. After about 2 hours of fishing in the rain and no bites my guys were soaking wet and ready to go in to try it again another day. This was a good lesson for them to come prepared on their next fishing trip. They had no rain gear and 1 guy didn't even have a jacket. To say the least they were miserable and I got them back to their cars quickly so they could dry out and warm up. After I dropped them off I called Capt Robert Liebert and he jumped in with me. We had a great afternoon catching easy limits of trout. We weren't keeping any so I am not sure of the total. Unfortunately I didn't have any clients on the boat. I wish I did because it was the best fishing of the week.
My guys on Thursday wanted a full day so we launched at 10 AM. I had warned them about the afternoon bite but they just wanted to be on the boat and have fun. Luckily the rain stopped at 10 AM about the time we hit the water. It wasn't until noon or 1 PM until we started getting bites. And bites seemed to be the norm without fish. I can't tell you how many times our corks were pulled under and nothing would stick. Finally started hooking a few trout but they were all undersize and then the big ugly struck. I forgot to mention that these guys were all young doctors and they obviously work hard because they were a lot of fun and definitely were blowing off steam. Every time a fish was on they were yelling and screaming like schoolgirls. They were having such a good time I didn't have the heart to tell them that this loud yelling might be detrimental to our fishing. As this big black drum ran one of the young Dr's around the boat about 5-6 times he was constantly harrassed by his buddies. It finally got within netting range and I stuck it with the net but the net pulled the hook out and he swam away without us getting a picture. The harrassment soon went from the angler to the captain. I didn't live that one down all day long. Every time I grabbed the net to snag a fish I was met with some type of hilarious and degrading comment. This was one of the funnest trips I have had in a long time. All they did was laugh and cut up all day long. We grinded it out until our last piece of shrimp at 5:45 and then we ended up back at the launch. We ended up catching aproximately 12 trout, 2 reds, 1 flounder and a big ugly. We didnt kill'em but this is the kind of trip that reminds you that having fun on the water is what it is really all about. And a lot of fun is what we had.
Hope you enjoy the reports and I will keep them coming!!