DECEMBER 2013 FEATURED ARTICLE
By Capt. Lanny Phillips
Tigernet Fishing Guide Service
USCG Licensed ~ TPWD Certified Fishing Captain
2013: A STRANGE YEAR
Christmas and Happy New Year!!! I have written the following line
before in one form, or fashion, "2013 has proved to be one on the strangest
years for fishing and hunting that I have ever experienced", and I am still
saying that. For instance, we have had more late Fronts come through the
Rockport area than I have ever experienced. In other words we have had a
front, or fronts blow through even into the Summer. This again is my
opinion, but I believe these weather patterns caused drastic changes in the
habits of the fish, the birds, etc., and, thus, altering our fishing and
These are excellent reasons
for hiring a Guide who
knows "today's patterns"..."TigerNet
Fish Guide Service!
Now please do not get me wrong... my clients
had numerous good-to-excellent boxes of fish, but things just seemed
different. For example, many times a party of 4 would catch 90 to 100 Trout
just to have 20 to 25 keepers. Of course this can and does happen, but
seemingly not as much, or as often as this year.
Now to get to my point. Everything, as far as
the seasons are concerned, has been pushed forward. Usually the best Redfish
catching starts the middle of September and runs to the end of Thanksgiving.
But this year the really good, consistent Fall/Winter action for my clients,
did not occur till the middle of October and is still happening...FANTASTIC
REALLY!!! Please check out the photos that accompany this Article and notice
not only the great stringers of fish, but the clients that are wearing
It was cold
and wet yet the fishing was HOT - on fire!!!
I believe heavy Redfish stringers will continue
to grow into early next year - January and February - with even greater
numbers of large Trout to be caught. The bait of choice for them is
typically Piggies (piggy perch) which are long gone for purchase by this
time of year, but fingerling mullet are still available and getting the
bites. If you can not find them to purchase, use a throw net and catch them
When it comes to the Duck Hunting season,
which is December 14th thru January 26th, the tides are usually low. A lot
of water in the bays should have been pushed out by the repeated hard north
winds, but actually its just the opposite, the tide is still extremely high
for this time of year. This affect makes the "puddle jumpers" (certain
ducks) stay back in the marshes. I am hoping that by the time this December
2013 Article is published the water level is down where it should be and the
ducks are spread out all over the bays.
Why am I
informing you of the strangest
year I have
Because with all of the abnormalities as I
have previously mentioned, and the seasons being pushed forward, the fishing
now is phenomenal with great Duck Hunting right around the corner. PRIME
TIME RED FISHING TIME AND CAST AND BLAST!!! WHAT A DUO!!! You should
experience it! Duck Hunting in the morning and Fishing after your Hunt!!!
Wow!!! Please contact me and "lets go catch you a memory"!
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Have a Safe Holiday Season
and a Very Happy New Year!
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