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Arroyo City, Port Mansfield, and South Padre Island Texas!!!
Specializing in Sight Casting for Redfish and Trout with Fly Rod and Spinning Gear!!!
A Fishing Experience in the Flats of the Lower Laguna Madre!!!

Like a Good Neighbor State Farm is THERE!


Sing with me…”who’dat be who gonna slay ‘dem Reds? who dat, who dat…who dat, who dat!”

I¬†will explain shortly why i had you sing that version of the the “who’dat” song from the New Orleans Saints.

For a long time now, State Farm Agent Domingo Ramos has been telling me he’s going to book a day with me. well it finally happened! He and his good friend Jaime (who by the way has one of the most amazing hunting leases i have ever seen. he showed me a video clip on his I phone and I kid you not….OVER a hundred does and Bucks around his feeder, 30-40 turkeys, and countless javalinas all over the place!!! but i digress) met early in the morning. i ask them to be at the dock a little earlier than normal due to the amount of boat traffic i was expecting from a normal Saturday and a fishing tournament taking place at the park. i my self got to the dock around 6:00am with a several boats already launched and launching!!! so how no one has managed to get my favorite parking spot so i was able to get in and out quickly.

right before the guys got there, i thought i was witnessing a bass tournament or a nascar race! boat after boat after boat just flying down the arroyo like bats trying to get out of Hell! Then it was my turn…once the guys were on board i floored it and was flying down the arroyo at a blazing speed of 35mph!!! ok….not so much a blaze, but not bad for a 90 yami.

As you can imagine and if you read my report from yesterday, there was not a question in my mind where i was going. There was no doubt today we would have similar results. what i wasn’t counting on was the early morning high winds that punched with the force of a young Mike Tyson. Still, I was confident fish would still be there.

About 5 minutes into our first drift, the first red came in. That was quickly followed by another red pulling on the line like a tractor in a mud pull. Unfortunately that red got off after about a minute fight, but at that point i was relieved the fish seemed to be still be there. the first drift produced 2 reds and a trout. Not too bad, but i was expecting a few more based on the start we had. I proceeded to make a few more drifts and had to carefully make my way back to my starting point trying not to mess any one of the other 6-8 boats that were around me.

By around 10:00, we had 5 reds and 9 trout. For the next two hours though, it seemed like the the last two fish were going to elude us. The area i was fishing slowed down almost no action in large part because of all the traffic, however, i was pleased with the amount of fish she did release to us. I moved to another area that had a little clearer water in hope of sight casting to the last fish. Shortly after a nice 26″ red cruised in front of us heading left about 50 ft away. the guys had their lures in water so i grabed one of the other rods. I sent the Killer flats minnow on a mission and as it landed i reeled quickly to keep the lure out of the grass and then dropped the lure right in front of the nose of the waiting prey. Like an gator pouncing on a fresh piece of meat, the red flared its gills and inhaled the lure.

It put up a good fight before finally realizing it was going to be table fare for the Ramos family that evening.

We caught a few more fish here and there and called it quits around 12:30. Then back the dock is where the fun began. the mayhem that goes on there on these kinds of days are eventually going to drive me insane. sometimes i laugh, but other times i just have to shake my head at it. This one guy took up one of the ramps for over 30 minutes trying to fix a problem on his engine clueless to the fact there were about 30-40 boat both waiting to launch and pull out. where is the dock police when you need them.

another good day of fishing with limits of reds and trout. It wasn’t as good as yesterday but definitely a good day. Now to answer the question of why the “who’ dat song. The lure that produced the most to day was the Hackberry Hustler Who ‘Dat!!! Take a look at the photos..anyone notice those bright pink eyes? ……its in the eyes

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