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#11610467 - 05/18/16 12:38 PM Need Advice, I'm renting a bay boat in Port Aransas June 3rd
Waco28 Crappie Offline
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Registered: 06/06/13
Posts: 212
Loc: Waco TX
So me and my brothers and some friends are renting 2 bay boats from South Bay Marina in Port Aransas on June 3rd. Can anyone provide some advice as to where we should go fishing or what fish to target and what baits/rigs to use. I mainly fish fresh water and my saltwater knowledge sucks. Last few attempts at fishing on the coast haven't produced any fish, which is why we are renting our own boats this time. We will be fishing from 7:30AM to 5PM unless we decide to return the boats sooner. $120 for an all day rental isn't bad and I couldn't pass it up this time.
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#11610667 - 05/18/16 02:01 PM Re: Need Advice, I'm renting a bay boat in Port Aransas June 3rd [Re: Waco28 Crappie]
Pat Goff Offline
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Registered: 01/29/05
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Get a hook setter map.
It will show known gaming areas.
Read your reports and match the conditions to the map.

Giving out specific spots on the Internet ain't gonna happen.
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#11610779 - 05/18/16 02:56 PM Re: Need Advice, I'm renting a bay boat in Port Aransas June 3rd [Re: Pat Goff]
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Your post piqued my curiousity, so I went to their website. Those little skiffs look like they'd be fun & $120 a day seems pretty reasonable. But, they probably don't run very fast - I would guess the motor is 15 or 20hp. So you'll want to figure out decent fishing not too far from the dock.

Also noted their warning about not crossing the Corpus Christi ship channel. Even with that restriction, you'll have plenty of good fishing area to try. Only specific 'spot' I can think of is public information anyways - the SS John Worthington shipwreck in the Lydia Ann channel.

Originally Posted By: Pat Goff
Giving out specific spots on the Internet ain't gonna happen.


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#11610885 - 05/18/16 03:38 PM Re: Need Advice, I'm renting a bay boat in Port Aransas June 3rd [Re: Waco28 Crappie]
Waco28 Crappie Offline
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Registered: 06/06/13
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Loc: Waco TX
Thanks for the advice guys, Yeah I don't expect specific locations but I wasn't sure on depth of water to target or general areas which are good. I didn't know about the SS John Worthington so I'll have to check that out.
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#11611473 - 05/18/16 08:35 PM Re: Need Advice, I'm renting a bay boat in Port Aransas June 3rd [Re: Waco28 Crappie]
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Registered: 07/25/11
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Loc: Dallas,Texas
if i were you get your spinning rods loaded with 15 pound power pro (yellow),medium size reels 200 to 300 size shimano or similar.tie on some cajun thunder round popping corks with about 18 to 24 inch leaders of green 30 lb,
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. big game, tie a one eighth oz. jig with a new penny gulp 3 inch shrimp!!!then drift some flats with scattered grass in about2 to 4 ft. of water. YOU WILL catch trout and redfish,just grind it out and be confident!!
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#11612216 - 05/19/16 09:36 AM Re: Need Advice, I'm renting a bay boat in Port Aransas June 3rd [Re: Fish Art Texas]
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Originally Posted By: Fish Art Texas
if i were you get your spinning rods loaded with 15 pound power pro (yellow),medium size reels 200 to 300 size shimano or similar.tie on some cajun thunder round popping corks with about 18 to 24 inch leaders of green 30 lb,
.
. big game, tie a one eighth oz. jig with a new penny gulp 3 inch shrimp!!!then drift some flats with scattered grass in about2 to 4 ft. of water. YOU WILL catch trout and redfish,just grind it out and be confident!!


I TOTALLY DISAGREE!!! he should use 'molting'! ;-)
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#11612284 - 05/19/16 10:07 AM Re: Need Advice, I'm renting a bay boat in Port Aransas June 3rd [Re: Waco28 Crappie]
Waco28 Crappie Offline
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Registered: 06/06/13
Posts: 212
Loc: Waco TX
What the heck is molting?

Thanks for the info Fish Art, I plan on trying this technique for trout and redfish. I never have tried it before so we will see. Should I make sure Im in a grassy area?
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#11612610 - 05/19/16 12:27 PM Re: Need Advice, I'm renting a bay boat in Port Aransas June 3rd [Re: Waco28 Crappie]
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Maps show grass and potholes. Your prime trout water will be broken up grass with green to stained water not crystal clear. When you see that combo stop and be thorough.
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#11612831 - 05/19/16 02:09 PM Re: Need Advice, I'm renting a bay boat in Port Aransas June 3rd [Re: Pat Goff]
Fish Art Texas Offline
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Registered: 07/25/11
Posts: 150
Loc: Dallas,Texas
what mr. Goff said is very true but sometimes fish can be caught in dirtier water. high winds make for dirtier water.grassy with pothoes is preferred. chug corks to potholes and pause for a few seconds and hang on!
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#11612835 - 05/19/16 02:11 PM Re: Need Advice, I'm renting a bay boat in Port Aransas June 3rd [Re: TroutSupport.com]
Fish Art Texas Offline
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Registered: 07/25/11
Posts: 150
Loc: Dallas,Texas
molting is a color of gulp_ stick with new penny or electric chicken!
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#11613736 - 05/19/16 09:23 PM Re: Need Advice, I'm renting a bay boat in Port Aransas June 3rd [Re: Waco28 Crappie]
Grinder55 Offline
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Registered: 08/21/13
Posts: 761
Loc: Rockport, Texas
Molting represents or mimicks the color that we get when the "white shrimp" migration takes place.

Buy enough of those tasty bay shrimp year round when they are fresh daily and you will notice the 'brown shrimp' runs vs. the 'white shrimp' runs.

Adjust your lure colors accordingly.


Edited by Grinder55 (05/19/16 09:24 PM)
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#11621658 - 05/23/16 09:49 PM Re: Need Advice, I'm renting a bay boat in Port Aransas June 3rd [Re: Waco28 Crappie]
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Registered: 03/14/08
Posts: 199
Loc: Arlington,Tx by way of CC
1st off...understand the rules of the road and navigating around other boats... and 2nd ..been there...done that with those boats. Unless things have changed..Bring your own anchor and rode, nothing big is needed its a small boat, also plan on your own cushions cause your butt will be sore after sitting on hard fiberglass all day, stay in the channels or deeper water where you can, its illegal to uproot seagrass and there is a lot of shallow areas and oyster reefs. Plastic PVC pipes mark reefs and shallow areas..dont go to close to them..look for the pattern of the pipes and you will see how to get around them..Light Green water is usually deeper, dark brown is oyster or shallow grass, light sandy spots are the potholes and probably shallow as well...The SS Worthington is to far away and you cannot cross the channel safely in that little boat..dont even try it..Get a hook n line map of the area, stay around Stedmans Island, Sailboat Channel, Hog island, Corpus Christi Bayou, all are within sight of South Bay marina............ha ha..marina, that's a good one..makes me laugh...if you want more info pm me
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#11630662 - 05/27/16 01:44 PM Re: Need Advice, I'm renting a bay boat in Port Aransas June 3rd [Re: Waco28 Crappie]
Lure_Chunker Offline
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Registered: 03/07/10
Posts: 216
Loc: San Antonio, TX
Happy to help you with some tips. I have a place down there and fish several times a month in that area. Send me a PM with your cell number and I will take some pics of Google map locations of my favorite spots while I'm there this weekend and then text the pics to you. Good luck!

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