Fishing and Hunting Southeast Texas

Fishing and Hunting Southeast Texas

We had fished for the first hour in what I in my infinite wisdom thought was the el primo spot and had not had so much as a nibble. My two guests were probably beginning to wonder if I knew anything about fishing. Then came that inevitable question, “What do you think Bill”? That is the polite way of saying, “Hey man are you going to put us on fish or not”? Of course, I am keenly aware of my position in such a situation but I have to maintain a certain air of confidence or the whole day will fall apart. “Let’s move our position a little”, I said. I lowered the electric motor over the bow and began to troll over to a spot about fifty feet distant. Just then I felt the boat pitch over to the port side and one of my guests grunted, “red fish”! I turned to see his rod bent over double and a large boil about thirty feet from the boat. Line buzzed from his spinning reel as the upper slot red churned up the shallow water of the flat. “Success”, I thought to myself! Then, the rod sprang upward and my guest groaned loudly, “He’s gone”! What a let-down. After all that time and then a good fish gets hooked up and then just as suddenly as it started it was over. “What the heck happened”, I questioned; probably louder than I should? “I don’t know”, he said. As I examined the end of his line it became obvious what had happened.

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