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#11497661 - 03/24/16 06:04 AM looking for suggestions?
fisherman doug Offline

Registered: 06/28/09
Posts: 24
Loc: fredericksburg tx
finally making the jump from fresh to salt. we are planning our first trip in new boat in mid april launching out of conn brown harbor. any advice on where we should go to get into some fish. not looking for anything particular me and my son just want to catch some fish. we have been fishing the pier for the last 3 years and taken a guide once. thanks for any advice.

#11497722 - 03/24/16 07:11 AM Re: looking for suggestions? [Re: fisherman doug]
BODA Offline

Registered: 06/10/14
Posts: 219
Loc: Eagle Mountain Lake
hire a guide, he/she will show you the area and you will have tracks to use on your GPS and save waypoints to use in the future, go hop on 2cool and see if there is anybody who is willing to drink your beer and show you around

#11498220 - 03/24/16 10:06 AM Re: looking for suggestions? [Re: fisherman doug]
malibu6501 Offline

Registered: 03/19/16
Posts: 154
Loc: Aransas Pass
Steadman reef is close by. You can try drifting that area. Also, the Dagger area if you feel like making the trip down the ICW. Also, the old Navy pier goes deep up to a close flat with a short drift that works at times. You can also make the trip to Shamrock, but I'd consider putting in at the Ingleside ramp if I was making that trip.

#11499168 - 03/24/16 05:13 PM Re: looking for suggestions? [Re: fisherman doug]
Grinder55 Offline
Pro Angler

Registered: 08/21/13
Posts: 750
Loc: Rockport, Texas
Cost of hiring a guide vs. the cost of replacing a lower unit if you cruise the flats.

Copano Bay or Aransas Bay are both holding good fish - and a variety of'em !!!

#11505741 - 03/28/16 09:41 AM Re: looking for suggestions? [Re: fisherman doug] Offline
Extreme Angler

Registered: 08/10/10
Posts: 1299
Loc: Entire Gulf and Atlantic Coast...
It's really worth it.. you'll learn tons too. You might book a trip with Clint Smith who just posted up a special, Clint does well. See his post for contact info. Others are Levi Price and Kevin Shaw. Cant Jay Watkins is also a great teaching guide.

If you are above average freshwater fisherman there will be a lot of information that you'll be able to bring with you and apply, there will be some things that will take a learning curve and some tweaking. Learn what structure is and isn't in the bays, and learn to read the water or signs of fish presence and where they should be seasonally within your bay system and then you'll be on the right track. In the end you'll need to learn these things and have first hand information in addition to also going with guides and seasoned fishermen. There will be a learning curve.

email me at if you need anything or have any questions,

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