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Old 02-15-2007, 10:17 AM   #1
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Creaky Bones, Fog, and Stolen Property - Mansfield Day 2

Well day 2 began a bit earlier. After the weatherman missed the mark by a hunerd miles we decided to start a littler earlier on Day 2 and take advantage of all that early morning glass calm water. So when the lights came on an hour earlier we quickly saw the devastation of Day One. Bones creaked, moans echoed, and joints popped. We looked like a bunch of old men trying to crawl out of the bed, I swear them sheets felt 20lbs heavier than the day before. So instead of flying out the door like a boy on prom night we waited for the coffe pot, and rubbed our eyes a bit more. After some caffeine and the feel of cold waders that didnt dry over night we were once again bright eyed and bushy tailed ready for another go at it. First thing we noticed as we walked out the door was someone had turned on the fog machine overnight. We couldnt see the end of the driveway from the doorstep and I believe I wasnt the only one who had thoughts of one more hour of sleep, my back begged for it actually. But not to be deterred by little things like pain we marched over to the dock, convincing our bodies we could go another 12 rounds with all that Port Mansfield had to offer. Our Capt. met us and he was even a bit concerned. Probably more so when we supposedly passed El Jefe's, yea it was THAT foggy. But none the less we eased out and poked and prodded our way to our first destination.

As we eased in and recieved our initial morning briefing I couldnt help but just stare out into the area we were going. It was about as fishy as it gets, so much so that I was actually suprised they didnt just swim up to the boat and hop right in. We eased out and again our bodies reminded us they were still there. That trip from the gunnel to the water seemed just a bit farther this morning. But who cared, no one was getting any sympathy, nor asked for it. As we spread out it was almost eary. Each member of the 5 man formation slowy dissappeared into the fog from one another and all that was heard was the occasional swoosh of a mullet, the expletives of a profesional override, or the whine of a missed strike. In an almost scary fashion you could hear the hardcores, out of sight lost in the sea of fog prodding around looking for their first destination of the day. I prayed no shoreline burners graced our presence, as we'd have been a nothing more than a speed bump before they could have even thought of slowing down. We fished for a good hour or two, a few catches, a few misses, and a few hundred almosts. But this spot was to be nothing more than an "almost" this morning as no pigs were awake just yet, proven by the noticably calm and lazy mullet milling around. So back to the boat we went, miffed by the results, but now lubed for a full day of twitchin and poppin.

As we headed out for the next spot the fog seemed to get even worse, I mean real bad stuff. Capt. Mike finally decided on a closer location for our next wade and it was not gonna be judged by results but by how long it took for the fog to burn off. We couldnt see past the end of the boat and for safety reasons our next stop was put on hold till we could safely navigate. So out we jumped again, this time sticking in a tighter pattern just in case a burner did come running through. He was either gonna bowl a strike or a gutter ball but nothing in between. lol We fished there for about 45 minutes but it just wasnt happening, we all knew it but grinded it anyway. Just in case some crazy rubberhead or yellowmouth got lost and decided to grace us with its presence. But it didnt happen and in a prophetic moment straight from the famous McTrout's mouth he said it was about to happen. And it was as if he had the big JC on line 1 cause the sky opened up and within 30 minutes we had blue skies and clear sailing.

We loaded up and were now on a mission to get to our destination before everyone made a run for it. We got there first luckily and again it was familiar to me. Matter of fact I seem to remember catching a pretty nice flounder there a few years ago. We bailed out and were instantly in fish. Unfortunately they looked like trinity bay bird trout in early september. We were catching bait. lol None were even close to being legal much less what we were looking for. But since we had failed to properly discuss the parameters of the rules for the wearer of the blue hat Wishin4fishin in his determination to never don it again stood there and busted out a few dozen dinks. Just to make sure he had some distance on the rest of the crew. We all caught many before we moved on down the road looking for the ancestors of these young pesky finned pencils. We clogged along in the mud waiting for someone to have the mother of all mothers show up but it just never happened. A few of the guys strung a few fryers for the ride home and we were once again on the move again. But our South Gale from the day before was no longer there. Either our compass went womper jawed on us or our South at 25 the day before was now North at 20. We gave the compass a reprieve as the crispness of this wind gave no doubt as to its origin.

We made one last run as it was now mid day and the long drive back to H-town was creeping into the back of everyone's minds. I was comforted in the fact that I knew I wasnt driving and didnt have to worry about any rumble strips on the side of the road, I would not be finding any from the back seat for sure. We bailed out on one more spot that as usual for down there, looked fishy. By now the water had chopped up and had them foamy grass streaks in it that "run off the weak faster than Raid on a cockroach" fashion. After a lesson in windy fishin by my buddy Capt Black last year I am no longer deterred by wind, as long as Im not riding aboard the Andrea Gail. So off we went, assured by our guide that there were fish here. But again it was our job to make them eat. Isnt that his job? lol j/k Anyway it wasnt long and Senor Fishnut rocked into a good trout that inhaled a corky. She was a beautiful fat 22-23"er. He did his best to revive her and let her swim but after swallowing all but the wire line tie on the front of that corky she was no longer gonna be cruising the flats of this spot. So after he regretably strung her up I turned my back to all so as no one would see and in my box I went. Yes, Ill admit I potlicked his approach. I had been throwing my trusty plum/chart tail but decided a pearl/chart corky made better sense. lol After about five casts I was awarded with a nice trout myself. Nice porky 20"er that managed to find my Costas with its tail flip as it scurried off to go hide in the grass. As I turned to bask in my glory of such great lure selection I see Wishin4fishin rockin back. He had been over there steady at it for a few minutes and was pickin off some nice trout and reds with something. So just in case I wanted to make another great lure selection I checked him out with the excuse of getting close to see how big the trout was. Pffttttttt, yea right. He was throwing the new corky jr and was wearing em out. That little bait is gonna soon be, if not already, a mainstay in every serious fisherman's box. Thats a fact. Anyway, comfortable my corky was just as good as his corky niblet I stayed with what brung me and kept going. I managed a few more fish with it and actually took it off because it was working too well. I didnt go to mansfield for fillets, and I was having a problem with them inhaling the corky. I didnt wanna kill anymore after I had to leave a 13"er for porpoise food as it took that thing all the way down. Poor little fella was crazy anyway, he wasnt much bigger than the bait but hit it as if he was 10 feet tall and bullet proof. Pffttttt, youngsters. lol Anyway back to tails I went but didnt catch much. We regrouped and decided to move down the shoreline about a mile. So we loaded up and made the quick run, giving us time take care of some administrative duties like a sammich, a drink, and a minute with the waders down. lol

One thing I have learned when fishing with guys of the caliber of Capt. McBride are to always, and I mean always listen to everything they say. And as we unloaded I heard him say he was gonna see if he could scare up a reaction with a she dog in this rough water. Since I was trying to load my stringer up, oh wait I didnt have one. If anyone finds a new FishSlick floating in PM please contact me for mailing info. I had had it for a long time but never used it, well now I never will as it becomes the second stringer I have lost that never held a fish. Anyway, I took the Capt's advice and tied on the only she dog I have ever had confidence in, a chrome/chart/orange model with one side of the chrome missing from lots of use. I used to never be a believer in rough seas topwater action but my previous trip to PM in 2005 remedied that. That loud banger of a she dog will cut through a wave like no other. And within a 100yds of the boat my choice paid off with a nice lower slot red. Everyone fished along and continued catching fish. Again we were so far apart Im ashamed to admit I dont have many details of the other guys, they can certainly chime in and give their version. I can only speak for myself since he was the only fisherman close enough for me to chronicle accurately. lol We waded on in a few hundred yards and came upon a bit of a shelf where the water went from belly button to thighs. Or knees to shins on Sasquatch errrr I mean Scott. My first cast up onto that flat and all you know what broke loose. What Im assuming to be a well above slot red absolutley crush my she dog. Now I dont know how many people have done it, Im sure many but this was a first for me. I have never hooked at least 3 feet of redfish in knee deep water before on a topwater but it is the stuff dreams are made of. One of the most heart stopping moments I have ever had on the water. But my giddiness was soon disrupted by a gut wrenching moment. It was an instant hookup, instant eruption in the water like someone had just dropped a VW Beetle from 30,000 feet, a 5 second drag screamer, and then nothing. Line went limp. I couldnt believe such a hard hit could possible come unbuttoned. I was fully expecting that girl to have it digested and passed by the time I got her in she hit so hard. But it wasnt meant to be, and to make matters worse as I reeled in I found my line to be void of device on the end. Not only did she steal my heart, but my lure too. One of my favs is now attached to some bruiser cruising the flats of Mansfield. Even worse no one saw it happen and it was so windy nobody even heard it. Luckily McTrout was heading to the boat nearby and was scared to death by a raging lunatic of a fish that exploded just behind him when it reached his mud boil at mach 3. Im assuming it was the same fish or one from the same school cause he said it was every bit of three feet of bronze bully when he turned and looked. I asked if it had some chrome and chart hanging from her face when she went by but he didnt see any. Anyway if you find my fav she dog either contact me for mailing info or the guy with my stringer. lol

The rest of the day was a blur for me as I never did recover from that moment, Ill hear and see it in my sleep for a long time Im sure. We did try one more spot on the way in that seemed to be Scotts hole as he had the mark there and caught several nice slot reds before we loaded up for home. It was a great trip and I cant wait to go back. Couldnt have asked for a finer crew, finer Capt, or better hospitality. Mike and Trisha have an unbeleivable operation going on down there and he WILL put you on fish. Winner of the Day 2 blue Hat was Harry aka lunchkit who unfortunatley due to timing had to wear that bad boy home. And Im not sure he was as comfortable as Scott was wearing it, proven by its removal and safe hiding as we pulled into the check point in Sarita. lol Made it home at 0100 and we were suprised to jump out of the 'burban in Sugarland in find the thermometer on the vehicle was not malfunctioning. It had dropped almost 30 degrees tween PM and Houston. Made for a quick unload in shorts, t-shirts, and flip flops.

I really enjoyed this trip guys, I needed it for many reasons, and I will be forever grateful for yall including me in it. Capt McBride is one of my favorite full timers to fish with and I hope to do it again soon. With the same crew would be just fine as well. It means much to be with such a good group of guys and make so many memories in such a short time. Quality my friends, quality. Thanks for everything fellas, it was a pleasure.

Zac
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Old 02-15-2007, 10:19 AM   #2
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Old 02-15-2007, 10:32 AM   #4
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What a read... great stuff guys!!!

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Old 02-15-2007, 11:29 AM   #6
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part 1 & 2 are the best two reads I've had in a while, thanks and keep 'em coming
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Old 02-15-2007, 12:11 PM   #7
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Awesomex2! Z it sounds like y'all had a great trip, WTG.
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Old 02-15-2007, 12:34 PM   #8
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2Cool Zac, felt like I was there.... I wanna fish with Mike so bad I can taste it.... Killin me, just killin me......
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You spin a great yarn GB. I thoroughly enjoyed the read.

I almost felt like I was there.
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Now that was a report! Honestly Zac, I thoroughly enjoyed both posts, and the pics. Pretty soon you could be writing for that prestigious magazine out of Charlies Bait Camp!
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