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Padre Island National Seashore Fishing Report

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  • Pompano
    Description:  
    Looked like rain all day, didn't get a drop. Glad we headed out. Our nicest of 4 pompano and some whiting. Seaweeds getting bad tho.
    Bait:  
    Fishbites and squid
  • Red (redfish) Drum
    Description:  
    That was My First Time Fishing Salt Water at Bob Hall pier. my fist bull red at 39"
    Bait:  
    cut bait
  • Spanish Mackerel
    Description:  
    Joo wanna play rough?! Okay! Shay ello to my lil frien! JK, the chamber is empty and the safety is on.
    Bait:  
    Cut mullet in the second gut
  • Red (redfish) Drum
    Description:  
    My daughter caught a few multi-spot reds on the trip, which she thought was pretty cool. She was not too impressed when I dropped her upper slot, many spotted red. 😬 The majority of reds caught were slot size with only a few rats and no bulls. When mullet were around, reds were feeding actively during all surf conditions and tide phases. After the mullet moved, red bite was mostly noon to sunset
    Bait:  
    Cut mullet. Double drop rig with 1/0 circle hooks and 5oz spider weight. Top shot of 20lb fluoro, Power pro 40lb braid spooled on Shimano bait runner 8000D. Tallus bluewater series 7'2" med fast rod.
  • Blacktip Shark
    Description:  
    Lost at sea (a GoPro, not my son 😉) Long story short, while shooting with the kayak in the surf I got nailed by a very nasty jelly and dropped a Hero 4. If anyone finds it, I'll happily pay a finder's fee. Is in a waterproof housing and attached to a black headband. Went into the water around mile 19 on PINS.
    Bait:  
    Cut mullet. Double drop rig with 1/0 circle hooks and 3oz spider weight. Top shot of 20lb fluoro, Power pro 40lb braid spooled on Shimano bait runner 8000D. Tallus bluewater series 7'2" med fast rod.
  • Spanish Mackerel
    Description:  
    Last session before breaking camp and heading back to civilization. Got to leave on a high note - had a number of drag screaming runs over 90 minutes. Mixed bag of smacks, reds and sharks to keep me smiling for the drive home. Incoming tide, strong east winds, rough surf and green water.
    Bait:  
    Cut mullet on double drop w 1/0 circle hooks and 2oz pyramid weight. Revo Toro NaCl with 15lb Seaguar Kanzen fluorocarbon and a 25lb leader on a Shimano Crucial 7'11" med heavy fast rod.
  • Spotted (Speckled) Trout
    Description:  
    My wife was the spec master for the trip. She landed more trout than the rest of us combined. She also landed the largest, a chunky 26" specimen. I earned an unfavorable nickname because I accidentally performed some early releases; while washing sand off to make them more photogenic I dropped them 😖. Did that to my daughter 3 times in a row. Got some looks for that spree... Spec in pic 22".
    Bait:  
    Live finger mullet on 1/0 circle hook & 2oz sliding sinker. Revo Toro NaCl with 15lb Seaguar Kanzen fluorocarbon and a 25lb leader on a Shimano Crucial 7'11" med heavy fast rod.
  • Yellow Jack
    Description:  
    Schools of juvenile yellow and crevalle jacks moved through the area a number of times during the week. Without fail and true to form, the kiddos always thought they had a much larger fish on the line when the jacks hit the bait. Managed to catch 1 grown crevalle, but I lost it at my feet. Was an exhilarating battle on my fly rod. Maybe next time I'll get to check it off my fly bucket list.
    Bait:  
    Cut mullet on double drop rig, 1/0 circle hooks, 3oz spider weight. 20lb flouro top shot,Power pro 40lb braid spooled on Shimano bait runner 8000D. Tallus bluewater series 7'2" med fast rod.
  • Spinner Shark
    Description:  
    Daughter releasing her first solo shark. She was tending the rods while the rest of us were off doing other stuff. I looked up when I heard "Daddy I'm going to need some help with this one!" and saw this spinner leaping out of the surf. She got him in and I untangled it for her; it straightened the hook & wrapped itself up in line during its last jump. Released strong.
    Bait:  
    Cut mullet on a double drop rig, 1/0 circle hooks and a 3oz spider weight. 20lb flouro top shot,Power pro 40lb braid spooled on Shimano bait runner 8000D. Tallus bluewater series 7'2" med fast rod.
  • Red (redfish) Drum
    Description:  
    When the surf was full of mullet, fishing was outstanding from before sunrise through to after sunset. Specs, drum, blues, jacks, smacks and sharks were active & hardheads were rarely caught. Once the mullet dispersed, morning fishing turned into a cat fest. For the last 2 days of the trip fishing didn't pick up until after 1100.
    Bait:  
    Cut mullet on a double drop rig with 1/0 circle hooks and a 2oz pyramid weight. Revo Toro NaCl with 15lb Seaguar Kanzen fluorocarbon on a Shimano Crucial 7'11" med heavy fast rod.
  • Blacktip Shark
    Description:  
    Casted the bait out, walked to shore and handed the rod to my son so I could set the other rod out. Turned my back and heard him shout. The fight was on! He played the drag and shark well. Surprised that he didn't get bit off - that drop rig only had 15lb mono hook stringers on it. 95*, light east winds, clear water to surf.
    Bait:  
    Cut mullet on a double drop rig with 1/0 circle hooks and a 2oz pyramid weight. Revo Toro NaCl with 15lb Seaguar Kanzen fluorocarbon on a Shimano Crucial 7'11" med heavy fast rod.