Monday, January 01, 2007

Happy New Year

What better way to bring in the New Year.

An opportunity to fish with your brother should never be overlooked - or underestimated.

Paul & I made a plan to meet in Palacios and do some wading on our last day off before returning to the work a day world.

I woke up early (imagine that) and decided to test the waters before Paul was to arrive later in the morning.


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Moon over Palacios Bay

It was still dark when I arrived and I immediately got into some small specks.

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I ended up catching 10 in all including this double.

They quit biting as the predawn light began to show along the eastern horizon.

I still had a couple hours before Paul was to join me so I made my way over to the Bulkhead to see if I could find any action.

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Several locals showed up right at daylight and everyone seemed expectant but not one fish was caught. After everyone left except me and my old buddy Shane from Bay City we decided to wade out and see if we could locate the fish. It was chilly and breezy and we waded for about 30 minutes before we were both chilled.

My compadre was able to reach about 20 yards further with his baitcaster than I was using my spincaster and he caught two 12" specks. We were both using Norton Sand Eel Jrs in Root Beer and chartreuse tail.

We finally gave up and I decided to go warm up with a cup of coffee. Shane had talked about fishing in Oyster Lake and I thought I might use the remaing time to do a little scouting.

Tracy and I had made an attempt at finding our way to Oyster Lake one Sunday afternoon but we found out that without a map or directions it wasn't an easy place to find.

This time I had a map and directions from Shane and I headed out. Oyster Lake is a pretty good sized inland lake off the west end of Matagorda Island. It is a pretty good drive including 10 miles of gravel road but worth the drive.

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Shell Beach

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Flats

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Palacios Bayou Bridge

I cast a few times but this is a place that needs to be wade fished at daylight or in a kayak. I'll definetly be back!

An added bonus to the trip was that all along the way I saw birds of prey - hawks, falcons, osprey, and kestrel. I must have seen 50 birds and many of them were close to the road. I took a few pictures of them and of the local color.

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On the Wing

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The Sentinel

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Windmill

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Mexican Falcon (Cara Cara)


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Future-Burgers


This final sequence is of a hawk that had a roadside meal. I could tell as I drove by that he would not be easily frightened and decided to stop and try to get closer.

He was protective and even tried to hide what he was eating from me as I approached.

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"I ain't Skeered"

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Protecting the Prey

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Red Tail

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The Cover-up



And what was the tasty meal he was so reluctant to leave?

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Racoon Parfait


I did finally rendevous with Paul Sr. Paul Jr. and Scott but not in Palacios.

We met at Evans lake and tried a bit of bass fishing but nobody hooked up.

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Big Daddy

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Paul on the Wall

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Scott - Showing us how it's done

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"Yo - Pop"




Paul Jr. would love for me to expound on his "one that got away" but I have enough trouble keeping my own fishing stories straight!

2 comments:

eatmorefish said...

So you are down to taking pictures of dead animals along side the road eh boy! Nice red tail shots

Bawana said...

Nice post really like the bird's of prey series of pictures.