Saturday, August 28, 2010

August 2010

"The fishing was great. The catching - not so much."

The month of August provided several opportunities for the Second Honeymoon Fishing Team but we like most other Matagorda anglers found this to be one of the most challenging months in recent history. The weather continues to be hotter than normal and all the rain we missed last summer has found us this summer. For the most part we were doing good to catch enough for a good meal for two however one member of the team was able to catch her first SLAM which of course deserves its own post.

August 7

This is one of the best sunsets I have been able to capture at the McNab launch. This was taken on Friday night after a delicious meal at Spoonbills. Edie had a new special - grilled quail!

Saturday morning found us greeted by this beautiful sunrise on the Colorado River on our way to our spot opposite Maree and Rick's place. We fished for over an hour with no luck.

Leaving Selkirk we headed down the Diversion Channel to try some of our spots. We finally ended up near the ICW catching small stuff and no keepers when this nasty little storm came blowing across West Matagorda Bay. It chased all the considerable boat traffic off the bay and eventually sent us packing as well. No fish for supper!

August 14

Another Saturday full of hope. We started out with a baitwell of live shrimp and high expectations. I took this hole-in-the-cloud picture early which should have been a sign of the times.

You never know what kind of boat you might see sailing down the ICW. This yacht was in full sail going through the locks.

I was able to box one lonesome red which will have to be enough for this trip.

August 21

Sometimes we do other things in Matagorda other than fish.... After supper we went to Jetty Park and ended up at the little Nature Trail that the LCRA built out into the marsh. The evening sun provided some nice light for a wild sunflower to really show off against the deep blue sky.

A nearby cattle working pen provided another nice shot of the close of the day.

With just enough light remaining I was able to shoot this bleached out exoskeleton of a fiddler crab.

Our fishing on Saturday morning did not yield many fish pics or other photos for that matter. I did catch this shot of the Texas Fish and Game officers after they checked us out. They were checking all boats near the ICW for PFDs and fire extinguishers - both required by the Coast Guard for fishing in the inshore waters of the Matagorda Bay system.

August 28

Ahhhh Fish at last! The day started out with bluebird skies and high barometric pressure which generally is a bad combination for a strong bite.

We hit them in a short window though and managed to catch these two keepers.

Tracy's was just shy of legal but if there was a prize for the prettiest red she would have won hands down with this multi-spotted beauty.

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