April 15th, 2019 fishing report from the Sam Houston national forest. Short but sweet write up...
Did a little urban perch jerking and beltway 8 baby bassing last week. I am experimenting with some of the features on my Samsung Galaxy s9 and think the slow-motion footage of a release is pretty sweet. The little buck bass was caught on a Fabio Baitfish in chartreuse & white; the feisty green sunfish ate an olive Bastrop Bugger.
Written by Cody Craig
Here is a call to informed anglers: Identify what you catch! There is a growing trend amongst the fly-fishing community to bring to hand as many different species of fish as a possible, all on the fly. Not everyone wants to take it to this extreme, BUT getting an accurate ID of every fish you catch can give you a better understanding of the ecosystem you are operating in and ultimately help you catch more fish.
Gordy and Sons, a primo Houston based outfitter, stuffed a big wad of cash where their mouth is and funded BTT's first year of groundbreaking tarpon research in Texas. In a move that could pay major dividends down the road, Bonefish & Tarpon Trust is expanding the scope of acoustic tagging research, already underway in Florida, by working with anglers in Texas to learn more about these fish. Tarpon are a bit of a mystery in terms of migration routes, spawning behavior and even diet. Targeted conservation is not possible without a baseline understanding of habitat utilization and seasonal migration. Read on for a brief history of tarpon in Texas, and a conversation with Bonefish & Tarpon Trust's Dr. Adams in which we discuss tarpon tagging research in Texas.
Been thinking of getting into fly fishing? You wouldn't want to drop 50K on a truck before you ever got it on the road, and I don't advise wifing up that sexy girl before taking her for a spin either. Same should apply to fly fishing... Before making a costly commitment to an entire fly fishing outfit, I recommend taking a test run on a local pond. You don't need an expensive fly setup, a lot of time or a boat. And neighborhood ponds are often surprisingly rich in opportunity.
Anybody looking for a chance to put the kiddos on some slot reds or big ugly black drum ought to circle, star and underline Kidfish on their calendar next year. The annual event, hosted by Sea Center Texas, went off without a hitch last weekend as hundreds came out to enjoy the beautiful, mild weather. All around us people's rods were doubled over, and although a few noted the catch rate wasn't as high as expected, everyone seemed to have a great time.
Fly fishing has developed a rap as being one of the most challenging methods of wetting a line; some impenetrable sport that is only for people living near world class trout rivers in Alaska or who can afford fifty thousand dollar poling skiffs. But this is a stereotype that simply is not true. Standing in a river waiving a stick; buggy whipping; long-rod athlete; what do these all have in common? They all represent a sport that I find extremely rewarding, sometimes challenging but often times easier than you might think. Here are five reasons that everybody should give fly fishing a try.
Beautiful video by the good people over at Yeti, featuring two incredible fisherman in an unbelievable landscape. Texas features some amazing fly fishing opportunities, this being one of them. And although I found this noted large and small mouth fishery more challenging than expected, the best part is it remains remote, unspoiled and totally available for us to fish again and again. Let's keep it that way.
The land of ice and fire? The land of salmon? I don't know what to call this place. The love of my beautiful big booty wife and two sweet princesses keeps me coming back to H-town....but damn. A little piece of my heart is forever in those mountains. Hard to imagine I won't be back in Alaska at some point.....
Chris Fowler gazes across Decker Lake, bracing for a fierce battle over the imperiled fishery. Photo cred: Chris Fowler
Walter E Long Lake faces sweeping changes, leading to questions surrounding management of a vital resource as well as the fate of an outstanding Texas fishery...
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