South Texas Fishing Guide Service
Have you ever been on a fishing trip, the fish are biting, everything is going great, and suddenly they stop? Surprisingly, this can be due to your boat moving off of the juicy spots in the water without you even realizing it. When you are on the water, it can be difficult to discern just how much your boat is moving, how far it has altered course and in which direction it has gone. What to do? Set a buoy marker near (not on top of) the feeding frenzy and use this as a location spotter. If the current is so strong that you keep drifting away from your prime fishing area, idle your boat upwind or up-current and drift slowly over the area of your choice, using a way point marker on your GPS unit and using that to return when you need to idle upstream again.
While many fishermen believe strongly in fishing only during incoming tide or only during outgoing tide, both tides can be used to your advantage to avoid those “bad days” where you catch little to nothing. Fish maneuver themselves to receive the best food in the easiest manner possible, using both tides. Pay attention to your locations and whether they are prime spots for outgoing or incoming tides. Keep all of this information in mind when you are planning a fishing trip for a certain day and throughout the day.
Again, fish need to eat and they will simply not inhabit a place that does not have their favorite fishy morsels. Be able to recognize and keep an eye out for schools of baitfish and live oyster beds. These are the locations where your fish are most likely to congregate. Avoid beds of empty shells and waters which are essentially empty of baitfish.
Beginning fishermen often believe that when a fish bites, it will create a huge, noticeable tug on the line. However, fish do not necessarily behave in this fashion and small fish certainly do not have the capability to give your rod a good heavy pull. Instead, you should watch the visible line carefully, noticing any little short tugs or pulls, even slight ones. You may have a fish and not even know it. Watch your line where it enters the water and also notice if the line seems to be moving across the water faster than the current or against it.