Fishing ends with a bang in Port Mansfield

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It took a while for them to warm up, but one they did, the fish were eager and ready down 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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