Dave invited Roy and me to go out in his boat and even though the fishing has been poor, we gladly accepted his offer and headed to St Charles Bay to look at areas that we can’t get to in our kayaks. If nothing else we hoped to see if the whoopers had left yet and perhaps catch some reds or black drum.
Soon after we left the boat launch we passed a pair of whooping cranes and as we headed across the bay we saw two different pairs with nearly full grown chicks. So the day was already a success as any time you get to see a whooper is a treat and eight is a great day!
We crossed to the east side of the bay and fished an old dock. We had caught some reds there last year but it wasn’t meant to be and nothing bothered our offerings of live shrimp. Fishing several other spots produced the same results and so we ran the bay and hit some of our other favorite spots.
Dave soon was fighting a nice eating size black drum and Roy scooped it up and deposited it in the ice cooler. It turned out to be the only bite of the day and we were all surprised that there was only one nice drum as they usually run in schools.
The wind died down and the water became almost glassy which is pretty unusual here on the Coastal Bend of Texas. While it made the going easier it seems like the fish bite better when there are some waves washing the shoreline and moving water and bait.
So it was nothing out of the ordinary, fishing wise. We did later talk with an angler who said the trout fishing was turning on down south and that in a tournament in Baffin Bay, fisherman had caught two speckled trout that were forty inches long. That’s huge but it really didn’t help us as we were forty miles north.
Another day on St Charles Bay and even though the catching was terrible it’s still better than being up north in the snow. Clear skies
We are watching the news about the oil spill in Galveston Bay and are alarmed that the spill is moving down the coast towards the whooping crane refuge. Let’s hope they fly north soon and that none of the flock is affected.