A good weather day on land might not be such a good fishing day

A good weather day on land might not be such a good fishing day

Fishing and Hunting Southeast Texas By Capt. Bill Watkins

A good weather day on land might not be such a good fishing day

We launched the boat at 7:00 am on the Louisiana side of the Causeway Bridge. It was going to be a bright sunny day with hardly any clouds but the predicted southwest wind was actually straight west and chilly. The tide had been blown down by a northwest cold front and was so low that we had to climb down to get in the boat. For an old man like me that was a little bit tough. It would have been better to have a ladder but where would you get one at a public launching ramp. Besides, I’ve always said that when I get to old to step in and out of the boat, I will know that I am too old to fish. So, man up and take that long step from the pier down into the boat and hope I don’t fall and break something. Once in the boat I started the 250 hp. Yamaha out board engine and began to bring up all of my electric slaves; depth finder, trolling motor, trolling motor remote, drop the hydraulic jack plate, and trim the out board all the way down drop the trim tabs, and we were ready to make the run to the first fishing location.

As a guide, there are always going to be a few days that will present challenges. Some of which are going to downright difficult. Most of the time I recognize what those challenges will be from the get-go. This day was going to be one of those. With the exceptionally low tides, high pressure that would remain in place for the rest of the day, and that contrary west wind that promised to be stronger than predicted, I just knew.

 

 

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