Saturday, March 27, 2010

New Species

It's Saturday and the riverside rampage continues. We have caught a lot of different kinds of fish on the bank of the Colorado. Drum, redfish, trout, and snapper - ladyfish, eels, sharks, and jacks were all caught in the past year. There was still one fish that had not yet made the list.

Tracy was still catching the reds.

I managed to redeem myself somewhat with this bigger black drum.

The "Red killer" continued her run on the reds.

I finally added my own to the total.

This carp became the newest in the list of interesting species.

Tracy managed this brute which was in the neighborhood of 10 lbs and a full 24" long.

Friday, March 26, 2010

Reds on the Riverbank

It's been a long fishless winter for my fishing partner. Tracy has not been in the fish for several months but that came to a close this weekend.

Give the girl a rod and some fresh-dead shrimp and look out!

These little reds were just the thing to help get the kinks out.

I was catching croaker and an occational yellowtail or baby black drum but Tracy was hot on the reds.

She wasn't satisfied with the run of the mill red. Soon she started targeting triple spots!

The river is coming back into its own after being too fresh all winter.

Soon we'll be seeing trout!

Low Water

I tried to take a day off to get out and enjoy some nice spring weather, but got roped into a conference call that took up most of the morning. Tracy and I headed down to Matty so after lunch I took the yak out for a quick paddle.

The water was low once again and though I didn't catch any keepers I did manage to locate a couple of willing reds.

Kicking back on the yak.

Do you think the water was a little low?

Undersized red near a mud flat.

Portrait of a tough fighting fish.

Friday, March 19, 2010

Lady Bird Park

This weekend we took a trip to Abilene to watch Fort Worth Christian compete in the One Act Play competition. It was great to see Robyn and her team.

We decided to stay in Fredericksburg, so on Friday evening I took out the sticks and checked out the creek at Lady Bird Park.

I started with a crayfish pattern on the fly rod and fished below the dam.

There were a lot of Spring Breakers wandering around the park and some kids were throwing rocks into the pool - not the best conditions.

Persistence finally paid off and I had a fish on. Lucky for me my photographer was near by!

I think I may be the first to catch a white crappie on a fly rod using a crayfish pattern!

I also found some willing baby bass with the same crayfish up near the golf course.

I switched over to the WRT on a spinning rig and found a few bigger bass.

The coloration of this one leads me to believe that it has some Guadalupe Bass in him.

Remember - it's not the size of the dog in the fight - it's the size of the fight in the dog!

I finally found some sunnies. They are not yet on their beds but were willing to hit the WRT.

It was a short lived fishing trip but well worth the time.