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Old 08-04-2019, 11:19 PM   #1
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Wade fishing tips....

I grew up in Freeport but have lived away from the coast my adult life (25+ years) I recently moved back and am getting back into fishing. My brother and I went out Saturday. We usually use live bait, but there was none to be had when we got to Surfside. We ended up in West Bay around SLP.

We typically have fished out of the boat, but decided to get out and wade a little and loved it. The water felt great. That being said, we'll probably do more of it. We only caught one flounder, but still it was better than being dragged to Austin for my neice's wedding.

The point of all this is I'm looking for general tips on wading. Gear, lures, etc. Not looking for you to give up you're honey hole, but general areas around the Pass would be appreciated.

thanks in advance!!
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Old 08-05-2019, 05:30 AM   #2
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Might try a kayak for better access of the Pass and all the waters and bays back to Freeport.



You can paddle out to more water than you can ever fish and wade if you need or want to.

Try TKF if you are interested in Kayaking.


About the only thing you cannot do is drag a full stringer or bait bucket off the side of a kayak and plan to do a lot of paddling but there are a lot of ways to do it.
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Might try a kayak for better access of the Pass and all the waters and bays back to Freeport.



You can paddle out to more water than you can ever fish and wade if you need or want to.

Try TKF if you are interested in Kayaking.


About the only thing you cannot do is drag a full stringer or bait bucket off the side of a kayak and plan to do a lot of paddling but there are a lot of ways to do it.
Thanks, but we actually have a boat to use. My brother has a little 17' Exlporer. I'm just talking about taking the boat to different spots and getting out of the boat and wading.
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Careful wading the pass the bottom can fall out on a hard tide.


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Wade fishing tips....

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If you think you are going to get it into more often, buy some gear that will make comfortable. I wade fish 90% of the time out of the boat. It will make you a better fisherman.

Buy some quality wade boots. This is the most important in my opinion. They are pricey but you are not going to beat the comfort and quality of Simms. Personally, I think the ray guard boots are too heavy and bulky but lots of other options. I prefer the lace up. Simms also makes a neoprene wade sock that folds down over the boot. It’s awesome at keeping the mud/rocks out of your boot. It also allows you to use the same boot when wade fishing in waders during the winter.

Get a quality wade belt with good back support. I have used the velcro Fish n Hunt or Forevelast wade belts you can buy at Academy and liked them. I use the Hookset and prefer it now, especially since you can get it with a pouch for small tackle box/tray.

Personal preference on using a donut net, stringer, or fish bag. I don’t like the donut net. Stringer is easiest but will often get run up around your legs and is an easy target for sharks. I prefer the Foreverlast fish bag. It has been great for me. Fish stay alive and it is somewhat of a deterrent for sharks. Disadvantage is it a bulkier dragging around but makes a great bag to throw your wet gear in at the end of the day.

Fish gripper is a must in my opinion. Boga obviously the best but lots of cheaper options.

Using a floating Wade net is personal preference. Some love them others hate em. Nice for flounder and if not confident in hand grabbing trout. Mostly a matter of your tolerance on how much you want to lug around.

Rod/reel isn’t much different. I would just use your most versatile rod. You may start out the morning with tops and be using a 1/16 jig head an hour later. I prefer a shorter rod in the 6’ 6” - 6’ 9” range when wading.

GENERAL TIPS

Shuffle your feet!!! Don’t walk back through your mud trail or follow in your buddies. Stingrays like to follow you and grab the stuff you kick up.

Move slower than you think. One of the big advantages of wading is you can move slowly and stay on a group of fish. Fan cast as you walk. Concentrate on where you are casting just not randomly tossing. Another advantage of wading is you really understand the bottom. Sand, shell, grass, small pockets, temperature gradients. Take advantage of this.

Avoid white shirts. Grey or blue is better. Fish have been running from white things above the water their whole life. Now that your not in a big white boat, take advantage of being quieter and stealthier.

Don’t feel like you need to bring your entire tackle box.

That’s it off the top of my head. I love it. I can fish from sunrise to sunset if I’m wading. If I’m fishing from the boat in the summer, I’m soaked in sweat and done by early afternoon.

Hope that helps.

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GEAR

If you think you are going to get it into more often, buy some gear that will make comfortable. I wade fish 90% of the time out of the boat. It will make you a better fisherman.

Buy some quality wade boots. This is the most important in my opinion. They are pricey but you are not going to beat the comfort and quality of Simms. Personally, I think the ray guard boots are too heavy and bulky but lots of other options. I prefer the lace up. Simms also makes a neoprene wade sock that folds down over the boot. It’s awesome at keeping the mud/rocks out of your boot. It also allows you to use the same boot when wade fishing in waders during the winter.

Get a quality wade belt with good back support. I have used the velcro Fish n Hunt or Forevelast wade belts you can buy at Academy and liked them. I use the Hookset and prefer it now, especially since you can get it with a pouch for small tackle box/tray.

Personal preference on using a donut net, stringer, or fish bag. I don’t like the donut net. Stringer is easiest but will often get run up around your legs and is an easy target for sharks. I prefer the Foreverlast fish bag. It has been great for me. Fish stay alive and it is somewhat of a deterrent for sharks. Disadvantage is it a bulkier dragging around but makes a great bag to throw your wet gear in at the end of the day.

Fish gripper is a must in my opinion. Boga obviously the best but lots of cheaper options.

Using a floating Wade net is personal preference. Some love them others hate em. Nice for flounder and if not confident in hand grabbing trout. Mostly a matter of your tolerance on how much you want to lug around.

Rod/reel isn’t much different. I would just use your most versatile rod. You may start out the morning with tops and be using a 1/16 jig head an hour later. I prefer a shorter rod in the 6’ 6” - 6’ 9” range when wading.

GENERAL TIPS

Shuffle your feet!!! Don’t walk back through your mud trail or follow in your buddies. Stingrays like to follow you and grab the stuff you kick up.

Move slower than you think. One of the big advantages of wading is you can move slowly and stay on a group of fish. Fan cast as you walk. Concentrate on where you are casting just not randomly tossing. Another advantage of wading is you really understand the bottom. Sand, shell, grass, small pockets, temperature gradients. Take advantage of this.

Avoid white shirts. Grey or blue is better. Fish have been running from white things above the water their whole life. Now that your not in a big white boat, take advantage of being quieter and stealthier.

Don’t feel like you need to bring your entire tackle box.

That’s it off the top of my head. I love it. I can fish from sunrise to sunset if I’m wading. If I’m fishing from the boat in the summer, I’m soaked in sweat and done by early afternoon.

Hope that helps.
Absolutely!! Thanks for the great post, Exactly the kind of info I was looking for...
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Old 08-05-2019, 02:26 PM   #7
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I’ll add a tip.. while I don’t post much here anymore I’ll say if you see someone fishing give them room. This Sunday I had a boat watching me (hooked up) while they shut down and anchored close to 150 yards away that’s fine but, to bale out of the boat and make a beeline to me is a problem. I like stealthy wades, heading towards me talking loud not cool. The one that got within casting range of me loudly belching.. come on man. I had a friend with me and we were working separate areas if I wanted a friend beside me I would have preferred the one I brought l, not your inconsiderate self. Wow that may be my 1st rant here.
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get stingray shin guards!!!!!
speaking as one who's been hit (along with 3 other family members)
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Travel light. Figure out or ask around for confidence lures for the season, area, depth, weather etc. Develop your A-Team of baits. Example. One small top water. and one large. Same for paddle and rat tail plastics. Same for suspending and a gold and a silver spoon. Use your intuition and whatever sign nature is offering. Then ask yourself these question; Do I need to locate fish or unlock the bite of the fish in front of me? Are the fish here but not feeding? Do I need to stand my ground and switch baits, colors, and/or presentation or do I need to put on a paddle tail or top and keep moving till I find the fish and then stand my ground??? Point is, A lot time can be wasted by fishing unproductive water and lock jawed fish or a lot of nice fish might be waded through because you weren't slow, observant, and patient enough to catch them. These are the techniques and lessons I've learned and still have to remind myself of. Lastly and this one is me giving myself advice lol. Dont get married to any location, technique, or bait....keep an open mind and explore the previously mentioned every chance you get as time and conditions allow.
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Old 08-06-2019, 09:15 AM   #10
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I’ll add a tip.. while I don’t post much here anymore I’ll say if you see someone fishing give them room. This Sunday I had a boat watching me (hooked up) while they shut down and anchored close to 150 yards away that’s fine but, to bale out of the boat and make a beeline to me is a problem. I like stealthy wades, heading towards me talking loud not cool. The one that got within casting range of me loudly belching.. come on man. I had a friend with me and we were working separate areas if I wanted a friend beside me I would have preferred the one I brought l, not your inconsiderate self. Wow that may be my 1st rant here.
Man, I get that. We were in the area and watched one guy bring in about 4 or five fish in about 10 minutes... and us nothing. Tempting to move closer, but we aren't about the potlicking....
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