Let's Talk Spring Fishing!
by Capt. Joe Clouse - Capt. Joe's Flounder Ventures
Call to Reserve: 361-463-3217
First and foremost I would like to thank
everyone who fished with me last year... and what a year it was!
There were many limits and lots of smiling faces as evident in the
pictures in this article.
Now lets talk
fishing! I get a lot of calls asking many different questions
and here are some answers that I typically give - I hope they help
1. Flounder fishing is a year-round
sport (except for the month of November, when the flounder fishing
takes a break for replenishing purposes. As long as the
weather's good, we're good to go!
2. Mid - to -late spring tides are
extremely productive but some years they start a little later - May
to June time period. The high tides bring in lots of bait,
game fish and definitely a lot of flounder.
The night time winds typically lay-low as well!
3. As spring weather moves into the
summer season of flounder gigging, the flounder eat a lot more
because the high temperatures make them do so. eat more and
more because of high temperatures they have to eat more.
Flounder range in size from 2 to 4 lbs and sometimes larger!
4. Your fresh catch is cleaned and
filleted with fillets averaging the size of a dinner plate - they
are big, flat fish and perfect table fare - either broiled, baked,
fried and grilled.
5. Generally speaking... the months of
May, June and July (with June and July being peak months) are
perfect for flounder fishing yes...but October and December (with
December being the peak month) means trophy-size flounder! There is
a spring and fall run - the flounder move out into the deeper water
in the fall season and then come back to the bays into more shallow
water in the springtime!
6. Other fish that we catch sometimes
include Sheepshead and Drum (red or black). Since this is a
year-round fishing opportunity - you'll need to reserve early for
that special trip date. Weekends of course, fill-up fast but I
do have some trips dates open this month and thru Memorial Day!
And I fish regularly on week days too!
Remember - Flounder
Love the Night Life...and When You're Ready
Call Me -
361-463-3217. Thanks for Reading my Article too!!!
Capt. Joe Clouse is a USCG Licensed/TPWD
Certified Fishing Guide.
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A FISHING ADVENTURE
by Capt. Slick Appel -
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James and Laurie Schneider joined me
for some red fishing action late last month!
We left the dock at Cove Harbor around
7:30 in the morning and headed into a beautiful sunrise as we
cruised over the water to the "flats" of Aransas Bay! I set
the anchors in about a foot of water and they began throwing-out
live mullet and fresh blue crab for bait on a "Carolina rig". It was
only minutes before James jumped-up, pulled up his rod and
set the hood on a very nice Redfish!
And then all hell broke loose!
The large red, circled the
boat, then started heading-out to some adjacent deeper water giving
James a tug a war and some really fantastic fishing. The light
drag was zzz-inging which is every fishing enthusiast's favorite
song and after I helped get the fish in the boat - it measured a
whopping 26 inches! This was what we refer to as "Pure Fishing
Then, as soon as we got all the lines
reset, we had another big strike on Laurie's rod that also became a
fun and fantastic "fish on" experience with an upper-size slot
redfish. It was a tremendous battle to bring that fish in too
- but that's the kind of thrill we all live for, when you love to
fish! She was able to bring the Redfish in fairly
quickly though and it was a 28-incher - an extraordinary fish that
left her smiling from ear to ear - it was such an awesome catch!
Since the water is already starting to
warm up - the fish seemed hungry and loving the warmer water
temps as well. They get very sluggish when the water
temperatures are cold/cooler, so this made for the perfect set-up
for their fishing trip! Since fishing battles like these put
some strain on the equipment - we checked it all out, reset the
drags and leaders and they were ready to get back at it - throwing
more bait in the "fish pool" that we were on top of that day.
Seconds later - after casting - the rod
tips went down again - giant fish on the line for sure!! The
reels were stripping line fast but both Laurie and James were
able to get their catches tuned-around and landed them both.
I CALL THIS THE
WHEN 2 FISH ARE
FLOPPING AROUND IN THE BOAT.
Days on the water like this one,
make anyone happy to be alive.
Then - low and behold, James had
another one hooked!
With 2 fish flopping around in the boat
and James calling out that another one is one the line, I called out
and said "What a perfect day on the water this has been!" They
both agreed. James brought in his fish and it turned out to be
the ultimate trophy at 29-1/2 inches long - an absolutely
price-winning fish in anybody's book. He had to brag to Laurie
that his was bigger - fishermen and fisherwomen love to brag - just
comes with the territory I guess!
After about 3 hours or fast and furious
fishing action - we headed-back in with a full ice chest of freshly
caught fish. They were so happy and I was happy too! If
you want to experience a day like this fishing for trophy redfish,
call me and let's get your date on the books. Weekends fill-up
fast, so reserve and let's go catch 'em!!!
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