thx for the report .. headed down there next weekend. got a question for you .. how was the driving on the beach?? was it 4 wheel only? or did you guys see cars out there too on mutang island ? reason asking we're taking a mini van but heard the beach was too soft to drive on unless you had 4x4 or high clearance . nice catch too !!
BS, we have a beach parking permit, $12. All kinds of vehicles on the maintained beaches so driving is good for vans, compacts, etc.
The free beach areas are unmaintained and soft sand, folks drive close to the surf line to get down the beach.
Not sure if this was for Walleye or me but hope this helps:
1) What topwater bait were you fishing? I've got some old chrome and also white colored Super Spooks, do those tend to work or are there better options?
I use a topwater not made anymore, bought up a supply of them I found a while back, so my stash is set for a long time.
A SS or SS jr should work just fine, as will a skitterwalk, topdogs series, and just about any other topwater that walks the dog, IMO.
The top I throw rides rear lower than most and seems to make hook ups a bit easier, 'course you'd not think that the other day, had several fish come unbuttoned and had a bunch of blowups.
Something that worked pretty good was letting the topwater lay when the small breakers came off the sandbar into the gut then start working it again as soon as the breaker went by, got some good action that way.
2) Regarding the cow nose rays. I know sting rays can put a nasty hit on you that by all accounts hurts really bad. Do the cow nose rays pose very little or no problems? I read that they also have a stinger but according to Wiki, it is similar to a bee sting. Does that sound right? When we were at the surf last summer, I saw a couple of groups swimming by (4 to a group each time) and I assumed they were stingrays. But after looking it up, I believe they were probably cow nose rays, I'm not 100% sure.
All the cow nose rays we saw were swimming, and spooked from us when they got near, don't see them as a problem. Those little sting rays laying on the sandbar were a different story, still can put the hurt on you.
Was half hoping the shark swimming 5 feet from me would hit, but no luck.
Was more concerned about those little bugger sting rays than the shark.