Getting back to the business of fishing
DANNY GOYEN :: GOYEN FISHIN'
It's good to be back talking about what I like to do most, and that's fishing on the Texas Coast!
My family and I have just returned from a two-week vacation in the cool mountains of South Fork, Colo., to the sauna of South Texas.
With mid-40's temperatures in the morning hours, we caught cutthroat, rainbow, and brown trout up to 16" on our favorite mountain lake.
How awesome is that!
We stayed in my dad's house by the Rio Grande River, which runs through South Fork. Even though we had a great time, there is still "no place like home."
A monumental moment on the Texas coast happened this past Wednesday.
The actual permit for the opening of Cedar Bayou and Vincent Slough was finally sent and is in the hands of Judge ... Mills to sign.
I wish I could have been in the Aransas County courthouse to see the look on Judge Mills' face as he signed this document.
Lynn Edwards, who has been the leader of this battle, called me as soon as she heard the news. I could hear the excitement in her voice as she told me about the arrival of this permit.
The following is a quote from Lynn Edwards' letter on this subject:
"Nothing is inevitable except death and taxes. I can not say that we won't have any more problems, I can only hope that everything goes smoothly from here on out. We are ready for anything.
"As for the funding, we have applied for a CEPRA grant and, if we get it, we can get started this year. The CEPRA grant is through the GLO.
"We have applied for the BP Gulf Restoration grant which will go through GLO and, if I understand it correctly, TPWD.
"After hearing from several people about making donations, the County set up a tax deductible account for the Cedar Bayou Vinson Slough project. One can make a donation to the county payable to Aransas County and write Memo Cedar Bayou Project on the check.
"We are working on another possible funding path. We need about $380,000 to get started, which I am hoping the GLO will once again grant us that money through CEPRA. There is about $24 million in that pot right now for the CEPRA grant program.
"This will take some work and time. This is nothing new to us. The money is out there, even in these hard times, we just have to go get it.
"As always, I will keep you posted on our progress. Once we get started dredging, it will not take too long to complete the job. I would say 2 or 3 months.
"The work has to be done between April 15 and Oct. 15. The cranes will be here beginning Oct. 15 and leave around April 15."
The benefits to Rockport's economy and thousands of fishermen once this cut is opened will be immediate.
Thanks again to Lynn and Judge Mills for your victorious efforts.
Speckled trout fishing from Rockport to Baffin Bay was still way above average a few days before we left to go to Colorado.
I always like to keep anglers current on what the fish are doing within 3-14 days of my column. I will have a full report in my next column on what and how the trout are biting after spending several days on the water.
The NRA banquet will be held at the Victoria Community Center on the evening of Sept. 8. Tickets are available at Victoria All Sports. For additional information, contact Daryl Hester at 361-575-0655. Continue to pray for rain!
Good Fishing,Capt. Danny