By Capt. Russ
USCG Licensed ~ TPWD Certified
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The weather doesn't wait when you
want to go fishing. It brings the cold and the wind with it.
Wading is the only way to go this time of year. This is the
season of the big trout and you can't catch them sitting on
Recently we decided on a day we were going to wade the reefs
in Nueces Bay and we were determined to go one way or the
other. After watching the weather forecast for several days ,
we found the temperature was going to be around 65 but the
wind was gonna be kicking.
We met at the boat ramp around 6 that morning and after
getting geared up, we dumped the Haynie in the water, fired
the Mercury up and headed towards the back Bay. The wind was
kicking around 13 by then and getting worse. It was getting
light by time we arrived at the area we had chosen and bait
was flipping everywhere.
Excited at the prospect of the trout and a potential redfish,
we jumped out of the boat and moved to our target reef. After
8 or 9 casts apiece no one had even had a bump on their lure
yet. With all the bait around we knew they had to be there. I
decided to move a little deeper while the other guys went
closer to the reef. It was a great move as I found the trout
moving around on the edge of the bait with the only downfall
the waves were splashing the water over the top of my waders.
That water was cold going down the front of the waders but
that was soon forgotten as I pulled in a nice 21in trout. Soon
the other guys headed my way as they had seen me hooking up
and then it became a contest of who was gonna catch their
limit and of course the biggest.
After a couple hours or so we had most of our trout and no
reds. Biggest for the day was at 27in. Everyone was wet from
water getting into our waders and decided to call it a day.
On the safe side, always let someone know where you're going
wading at and have a partner or two. Don't get to deep where
it'll cause you problems. Move slow and and know your limits.
time, tight lines and rod tips up,
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