Fishing ends with a bang in Port Mansfield
The Getaway Adventures Lodge hosted Lone Star Outdoor News’ Steve Schwartz, along with other members of the outdoor industry, for a day on the water with guide Paul Johnson. At 6:00 a.m. the boat cruised out to the bay, with some early success on the shallows — but all of the speckled trout were small.
The topwater lures weren’t producing, and neither would the next three hours.
Perfect conditions yielded a few fish, including a good-sized redfish. But Johnson had a few aces up his sleeve, and took the crew to the inter-coastal canal in the Laguna Madre. Keeper trout almost immediately started responding to the action. The shallow, grassy beds produced the best specimens, on soft-plastic swim baits.
Day one on the water proved to be a success in the end, even if it did start slow. Clear conditions and warm water were perfect for wading throughout Laguna Madre and the persistence paid off.
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