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Old 07-25-2010, 10:33 PM   #1
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Are you guys seeing any big schools in bayou texara? (I can't remeber how to spell it.)
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Old 07-25-2010, 11:43 PM   #2
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Texar, but pronounced Tehar. Haven't noticed.
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Old 07-26-2010, 12:01 AM   #3
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If anybody wants to go look I'm willing to launch at 17th Street early one morning and drive my boat while you cast. I've cast from the tressel before and filled a 120 gallon ice chest in 45 minutes or so. Just blind casting. Is there a chum (oatmeal?) to raise 'em up?

I have a 60 gallon release well we can fill a time or two.

I hear EARLY is better. Say a 5:00 am meet up.

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I would be interested, However I work and could not do it untill afternoon or on the weekend. Should not matter if it is morning or afternoon for menhaden, although the heat is less.
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there tends to be alot of them around the 17th street trestle, some mornings it will be 2am when there will be lots, some mornings cast after cast just a few fish, then right after sunrise there will be big bubbling dark spots at the surface with small spanish and nice specks popping through them, lately i havent seen quite as many but a few weeks ago we were getting 20 to 30 every cast from the shore with a 4' net, if on a boat with a larger net and there would have been hundreds from 4 to 8 inches every cast

theres been a handful off the end of the 3mb pier, not really schooling up into big schools but sometimes theyll get up into schools and tangle into lines or run face first into hooks, anywhere from 6 inches to a foot or maybe even a tiny bit longer, some fat ones
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Put the boat in the water at 8:30 at the bayou. Made 3 casts and filled the cooler with 200 lbs. Out of the water at 9:15. Garage freezer is officially full.
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try alabamas little lagoon inthe morning around 7.
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Old 08-02-2010, 05:19 PM   #8
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still all over texar, they didnt seem to come in as close today i had to get on the train bridge to make a cast onto some, but im sure with a boat if you get on em when theyre in a frenzy at high tide, you could get tons and tons, there are so many popping everywhere it sounds like boulders are raining from the sky last few mornings
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Old 08-02-2010, 05:36 PM   #9
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the bayou texar is loaded with 3-5" today I got a 5 gallon bucket full at the pensacola pass by old fishing pier.
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i guess they were smaller today, a few days ago when i was getting buckets full they were solid 6 to 10 inches, a few were about a foot, i ended up using em for bait for blacktips, theyre so bloody and oily the sharks love em

anyone seeing any in some spots where theyre coming in really close where you can net em from shore? last two days i just cant seem to catch any in close enough and throwing off the train bridge tore my net up
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