- THE FISHING IS AWESOME!!
By Capts. Kevin & Lori Sims
USCG Licensed ~ TPWD Certified
Spring is here early and
the fishing is fantastic. Play Hooky from work! Get out of the
house!! Put away that to do list and go fishing with us!!!
Life happens outside and the time to fish is now. The air and
water temperatures are on the rise and fishing just gets
better and better. March can be a windy month so be sure to
check the forecast before heading out. We have found the
hourly weather graph from NOAA to be the most accurate. It is
very reliable out to 48 hours. Forget about those weather apps
you have on your phone. They are very unreliable especially on
the 10 to 15 day forecast. Don't let a 10 - 15 mph wind scare
you away. That is common here for this time of year. If you
don’t have one already invest in a drift sock. You can
purchase one right here in Rockport at Tackle Town. Check them
The drift sock will allow you to control your drift speed as
you drift the flats and along the reefs. If your unfamiliar
with the wind and wave patterns for our bay systems consult
your maps so you can plan your trip accordingly. We use an app
called My Radar. It is a free app and if you turn on the wind
notification in the app settings it will show the wind
direction relevant to the bay system you wish to fish. This
will let you have a much more pleasant boat ride and make
fishing more productive. Using the radar function can save you
if a squall is approaching. One thing to be aware of on the My
Radar app is the radar updates every fifteen minutes. So the
picture your looking at may be 15 minutes or 5 minutes old.
This is important to note as the storm your seeing on your
screen may already be upon you. To paraphrase an old saying.
"Plan your fishing trip and fish your Plan".
This is the time of year that many of you are heading out for
your first day of fishing. Is your gear ready? How about that
fishing line? Is it old and frail? If it has been on the reel
since the beginning of last fishing season it is most likely
time to replace it. Fishing line can take a memory of the
shape of the spool when sitting for a long time on the reel
and not being used. This creates a lot of frustration when it
comes to casting. You will at the least experience short cast
and at the worst backlashes that must be cut out. We use Power
Pro super slick. You can get this at Tackle Town as well. They
can remove that old line and replace with new in no time.
Power pro comes in multiple colors so you can pick your
favorite or one you can see better to tie those knots. How are
your reels? Are they casting and reeling smoothly? A little
maintenance can vastly improve your day on the water. There is
not much that is more frustrating than watching your buddy
catch fish while you are dealing with bad line or a broken
reel. Is your rod in good condition? Check the guides to be
sure they are free of nicks and burs. It really is as shame
when that 25 inch trout gets away because of a cut line. Are
there nicks or crushed spots on those graphite rods? Either of
these can cause your rod to snap sending that nice Red you
were going to have for dinner back to the depths. We use Red
Tail Republic 7 foot 6 inch custom Rods. These are in my
humble opinion the best Popping cork as well as croaker rods
we have ever used. You can find them at
reels are Peen Fierce II's. We have found these to be
solid and reliable. We also use Shimano Stradics. The Stradics
are simply amazing they stand up to the abuse of surf fishing
like no other. Nino at Red Tail also has some awesome
sunglasses. A good pair of sunglasses is key to an outstanding
day on the water. Good sunglasses will show you the reefs,
depth changes and most importantly the fish. Locating the bait
fish is key to successful fishing.
Your ready, get out on the water and have
some fun. When your out enjoying your day please be mindful of
others. A little courtesy will go along ways in earning you
some respect on the water. You never know when your are going
to need a helping hand. We all have troubles on the water from
time to time. Whether it is help finding the fish or getting
pulled off a reef or towed in because of a mechanical issue.
Your respect and kindness to others will really pay off in
times of need. There is plenty of water for us all to fish, so
try not to move in on someone else's spot, remember they have
worked just as hard as you to find some fish. Watch out for
your wake - in Texas you are responsible for your wake damage.
When you are approaching other fishermen slow down- slow down
well in advance when approaching anchored boats, wade
fisherman, drifting boats and kayaks as your wake doesn’t stop
when you power down - it travels on. We often see people who
think they are doing the right thing by slowing down a little
bit; However, this only increases the size of your wake. Come
off plane and idle by. Take a moment to observe the other
boats in your path. Some are drifting. You may disturb the
fish they are drifting to or interrupt their fishing pattern.
Please be especially mindful of wade fisherman and kayakers.
Try not to take short cuts across flats. Just because you are
not going to fish it doesn’t mean someone else isn't going to
later on in the day. These simple acts will greatly improve
your standing in the fishing community.
Now it is time to fish. Get off the couch.
Hide that honey do list. Put away those lawn and garden tools.
You will have other days for all that non- essential stuff. A
rod and reel will fit your hand much better than a hammer or
paint brush. Reeling in a limit of trout for dinner is much
better than mowing the lawn or busing a broom. Coming home
with a nice mess of trout and redfish for the fryer or grill
is much more rewarding than a day of sweat and turmoil. Take
the day off and fish. You deserve it. If you need a guide we
are at your service. Our boats are ready and waiting to go.
Captain Lori has a 22 foot Sea Hunt center console and can
fish you and four of your friends. Captain Kevin had a 24 foot
Carolina Skiff DLX that can handle 6 people fishing. We
specialize in bay and surf fishing. If you need your kayaks
transported to a back bay or lake we can do that for you as
well. Don't have a kayak but always wanted to try it? Your
welcome to use one of ours. How about a day of surf fishing at
Cedar Bayou? There isn't much better than getting into the
slot redfish on every cast. Sometimes you will tie into
oversized reds. These monsters can really put up a fight. You
never know what you are going to catch in the surf. Every
thing is there from Sand Trout to Sand Sharks. Each cast is an
adventure in the waiting. We are looking forward to meeting
you and providing an awesome adventure on the water.
do, we wish you many days of Tight Lines and Following Seas,
Capts. Kevin and Lori Sims – USCG Licensed Fishing
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