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   JANUARY 2017 FEATURED ARTICLE 

 

 

Wading The Weather

By Capt. Russ Wheeler

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 the couch.

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.

Until next time, tight lines and rod tips up,
Capt Russ Wheeler

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