Stephanie Vatalaro 11/30/2012 One of the great appeals of fishing is that it puts us in close connection with nature. I’ve always said that if an angler doesn’t take time to regularly soak in the views around him/her, they’re really not getting the most out […]
Month: November 2012
I’m fortunate enough to get to travel — and fish — for work (I know, it’s a tough job, but somebody has to do it). As such, I’m often asked where my favorite places to go are. I usually answer that I am fond of the Great Lakes states, because those are where I was born and raised. And I live where I do now (Colorado) with good reason. But the one place that keeps luring me back, season after season, year after year, is Texas.
The thing about fishing in the Lone Star state is that there are so many diverse angling opportunities. Sure, places like Same Rayburn Reservoir and Amistad Reservoir are arguably some of the best largemouth bass waters in the world. With literally thousands of natural and manmade warmwater lakes, Texas is definitely deep in the heart of bass country.
But did you know that the southernmost trout fishery in the continental United States — the Guadalupe River — is also in Texas. Because the Guadalupe flows from a bottom-release dam (tailwater), the waters in its upper stretches remain cool enough to sustain stocked trout.
But fly fishing on rivers in Texas certainly doesn’t revolve around one river and one species. Some of the most pristine rivers for floating and casting in the world can be found in the Texas Hill Country. Casting for bass in the clear shallows of the Rio Llano, for example, is something that any serious “destination” angler should put on his or her bucket list.
And while you’re at it, you might as well add Laguna Madre and the Texas coastline to the agenda as well. Texas is home to some of the best inshore salt water flats fishing in the world. Laguna Madre alone has more shin-deep square miles (prime redfish habitat) than any angler might hope to experience in a lifetime. The near-shore tarpon fishery was once among the most prolific in the world, and it’s on the rebound. And the sea trout fishing from Rockport to Brownsville is spectacular.
Texas may, in fact, be the best kayak angling spot in the world. Then again, it may be the best bass locale, the most interesting trout locale, and many other things. Like all fishing, it all depends on the seasons.
If you’re thinking about traveling to fish somewhere next year, and you haven’t quite dialed in your options, think about Texas. It’s a big place. You’ll have plenty to experience, whenever you go.
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Tom Keer 11/28/2012 Time on the water answers most fishing questions and that time is what helps an angler improve. Whenever I fish alone I experiment with different techniques, a variety of lures and retrieves, and I learn a lot. But, nothing beats learning from […]
Andy Whitcomb 11/26/2012 Fishing offers the possibility of a unique connection with a wild underwater creature that cannot be experienced with any other outdoor activity. That next cast could be met with a nerve-rattling strike. With a successful hook set, a connection via a barely […]
Anglers on vast, open water often look for a flock of feeding birds to indicate fish location and activity. For smaller waters, indicators might be much smaller.
In spring and summer, whirligig beetles are alone or in loose, small groups. They zig and zag so rapidly, that I cannot recall ever observing a fish try to eat them. With cooler weather, whirligig beetles congregate in large numbers. One theory is that as their metabolism rate lowers, there is added benefit of safety in numbers. These large masses of floating water beetles can provide information that may be of use to the fisherman.
A disturbance of the water’s surface from above, such as a pebble in a pond, will create waves expanding outward. A similar event can occur from underwater. Whirligig beetles have two sets of eyes: one above, and one below water. One nervous solo water beetle would be easy to miss. However, fish presence or movement that may not have been enough to create a surface ripple can be detected by this floating mass of insects and a ripple of alarmed energy activity bounces to each member of the group.
This seasonal gathering can provides a clue of fish activity in a quiet pool that might have been overlooked. Plus, kids love bugs, and water. So a massive collection of black button water bugs that act like a sonar can add to the enjoyment of a late season fishing trip.
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