Saturday, April 11, 2009

Weekend Warriors

We had a short weekend at Matty due to a wedding but still managed to squeeze in a few more activities than you might expect.

We arrived to find a fresh hatch of mosquitoes and they were hungry!

After applying enough DEET to hold them off I tried a few casts being careful not to fall in off the rocks (that much bug spray can make you tipsy!)

We didn't find any hungry fish and it seemed the same for others we could see in nearby boats so we headed to the beach for some beaning.

Tracy found several keepers and I found a few... but we had fun just spending some time in the sand near the sounds of the Gulf. The weather was pleasantly warm and the beach wasn't too crowded. We were expecting the biggest crowds on Saturday.

After a quick supper we tried fishing under the light and were greeted by a tremendous bug hatch. In addition to the skeeters there were several other flying and buzzing critters willing to land on us or crawl into our shirts and under our hats.

Tracy once again had the hot hand and caught the biggest fish of the night. It turned out to be the biggest mullet we had seen in a while and she snagged it so it felt like a real bruiser.

How about a kiss?

I managed one small trout later but he did a self-release before I could get a picture. We fished some more in the morning with no success and finally gave up and went to Spoonbills for a chicken sandwich.

Edie and Tommy introduced us to one of the local guides and we talked about taking a ride out to West Matagorda bay with him next month. We need to get a tour before heading out or we will most surely find every sand bar and oyster reef there is.

After lunch we headed over to the storage building to install the lettering on the boat. It was quite a bit more tricky than the instructions led us to believe but we were both happy with the final results.

We made it home in time to get ready for the wedding.

It was a beautiful thing to see two young people make a lifetime commitment to each other. May God bless their marriage.

Saturday, April 04, 2009

Three Day Weekend

The weatherman was predicting great weather for Friday and I was fortunate enough to be able to take advantage by taking the day off work.

We made the trip to Matagorda on Thursday evening and once again confirmed that this is the place for us.

You never know what you will see in the Colorado River. Check out these dolphins that came swimming by:

Tracy got busy and and caught two nice trout.

This 21 incher was the biggest of the night and her personal best.

After setting up the light it was obvious that the river was full of bait as evidenced on the following video clip:

This beauty and the 18 incher she caught a little earlier made my two look like skinny underfed weaklings.

On Friday we launched the Second Honeymoon for the maiden voyage. We had a nice ride up the river and spotted several osprey including this big guy.

I didn't take many pics as I was getting used to the controls and navigation.

We didn't get into any fish from the boat but managed some more keeper trout under the lights.

We also took a ride on the beach and found some fresh beans. Click here to see for yourself.

On Saturday morning I caught some more on top. Note the guide in the background.

Here is the most fashionable fisherwoman on the river.

Another river traveler that we see from time to time.

Here is the same guide and his customer displaying a 30lb jack crevalle. It was a big fight (at least an hour) but he hung in there and the guide finally got it in the net. Click on the picture to see a larger version.

Another favorite past time at PPRV.

One evening we got to experience a beautiful sunset. This is my new desktop.

You could say it was a spectacular weekend at Matagorda!