Monday, September 01, 2008


Hurricane Gustav was in the Gulf and we were concerned about our family in Louisiana but after several phone calls everybody decided to stay put to see which way the storm would go.

Since it was a holiday we decided to get out of the house and take the familiar drive to the coast. The beach access was limited as the surf was up and the tide high enough to attract several surfers. We decided not to try to go too far in the soft sand and turned back after less than a mile.

We decided to paddle Rawlings Cut out to East Matagorda bay. The temps were pleasant as there was a good cloud cover keeping the sun at bay.

I was able to pick up this pretty red on a topwater. He wasn't big enough for the stringer but was possibly the most colorful red I've ever caught. He sure liked the bone Spit'n Image dancing across the top.

Once the clouds parted it was time to get off the water as the temperature shot up to the mid 90's immediately. We grabbed some lunch and headed over to McNab for some bank fishing. Tracy threw the Flounder Pounder and caught this nice trout.

Just under 15", this speckled beauty was still fun to catch.

We decided to walk in to the first corner and throw some lures. It seemed that it might just be too hot to fish when I hooked into a big redfish.

The upper slot is 28" and this bad boy was pretty close so back he went to be caught another day.

The idea of returning fish is foreign to some - they don't feel like the trip was a success unless they end up at the cleaning table. I got some great pictures and had some quality time with my best fishing buddy.

What's not to like about that?


Bawana said...

Hard to belive that fish didnt make the slot. You need to talk to Bruce about his fish stretching secrets.

Paul Batchelder said...

I think there is more to the story...
Freezer full of fish....
Prying eyes watching as you return to the truck with a keeper red!
Nice fish I bet he put on a great show!