GOYEN: Fishing along Texas coast still rough
June 24, 2012 at 1:24 a.m.
Hello Anglers! Fishing along the Texas coast the past two weeks continues to be a roller coaster ride. Unfortunately the ride has been downhill more than being on the top.
Being at the right place at the right time has still been crucial when targeting "solid" sized speckled trout. (See related photo). It continues to be more and more "When will they eat?" instead of "Where are the fish?"
There have been several good reports of anglers taking limits of trout but they have been the minority.
Those who know me and have been on my boat know that I am an optimist and that I will not sugarcoat the truth.
Numerous people ask me the same question each week, "How's the fishing?" My response will be the truth based on my days on the water that week.
June fishing has been extremely tough, but after looking at logs of trout fishing in June over the past several years, trout fishing has been tough in June.
The final fronts come through in June causing all kinds of problems that interfere with normal feeding patterns. The biggest problem is the barometric pressure usually goes through the roof when the fronts move through. That's why late afternoons and night time feeding is more prevalent.
Super high barometer readings seem to give the fish lockjaw. As you read this article we will have had three straight days of winds blowing out of the north.
When July comes around we should see the best fishing of the summer. July and the first part of August are usually the best times to fish and is fast approaching.
The fronts are over by then and the trout are easier to pattern. Plus, calmer weather makes all the bay systems fishable instead of just protected overcrowded shorelines.
EMAIL TO CCA MEMBERS
This news release was sent to all the Texas CCA members on June 4 via email. It is awesome news and will give everyone who hasn't read this a chance to know what is currently happening with the Cedar Bayou dredging project:
On June 4, Progress continues on Cedar Bayou project County approves engineering work, maintenance fund for restoration of pass Work continues on the restoration of Cedar Bayou as a series of recent significant steps clears the way for sand to fly at the earliest possible moment. Aransas County has approved funding to complete final engineering and surveys for initial restoration of the pass and has also announced that it will annually allocate at least $50,000 to a Cedar Bayou Maintenance Fund, a critical component to keeping the pass open in the future.
"The County is clearly committed to doing the project right and making sure that it succeeds over the long term," said Robby Byers, executive director of CCA Texas. "This has not been an easy road, but the pieces are really starting to fall into place. It is a major undertaking, but we have faith that the partnership between the County, CCA Texas and the recreational angling community will get it done."
Aransas County has pledged $948,000 towards the cost of opening the pass, while CCA Texas has pledged an additional $500,000. The County and CCA Texas have partnered to hire a professional fundraiser to secure the remaining $5.5 million and applications to several federal grant programs have already been made. Additionally, a website dedicated to the project has been launched to provide up-to-date information about the project as well as an opportunity for individuals to make contributions online at restorecedarbayou.org.
"We have been very pleased with the pace of progress," said Aransas County Judge C.H. "Burt" Mills. "There is a considerable amount of momentum building towards the successful conclusion of this project, and it is good to be able to say that after so many years of frustration with the permit application and approval process. The private/public partnership has worked beautifully so far and it has been the key to moving this project to reality so quickly."
Coastal Harbor Engineering has been tasked with proceeding with final engineering and surveys for the project, which are expected to take four to five months to complete. When those plans are complete and full funding is in place, the project could start to move sand as early as April 2013.
This is great news to all fishermen that fish from Port O'Connor to Port Aransas. Please visit the website that is underlined above for videos, the plan, etc. This website will educate you and keep you up to date on this project.
Captain Danny Goyen
Danny Goyen is an outdoor writer and has been guiding on the Texas Coast for over 25 years