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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 you too!! 

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

WITH THE SCHNEIDER'S!

by Capt. Slick Appel - Click to Visit Website Call: 361-356-0569

 

 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 Adrenaline"! 

 

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 DAILY DOUBLE...

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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