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Old 03-12-2012, 10:53 AM   #1
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Ok so this past Saturday I'm landlocked with honey-do's on the only nice weekend of the month so far! I notice three older gentlemen in a tiller-steer Carolina Skiff who appeared to be trolling up and down the docks on Old River.

I learned at an early age to notice when older guys are fishing "different". My initial thought was they were snow-birds trying to avoid their honey-do list by dragging lures around.

Nay nay! Right off our dock one of the guys ties into something nice. I watch him play a nice trout up to the boat but it spit the hook. They said they had caught "a few" but I watched them pass by a few more times, so they must have been getting bit.

It looked like they were using Rapala shallow divers, looked to be about 5 inches.

I went to WalMart and bought a handful of similar plugs and tried my luck yesterday. No luck except for one brief hookup.

But, it was an interesting and relaxing way to not catch fish, and defeats the harsh East wind that makes casting and boat control such a pain.

Anyone else fish like this? Hints?
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Old 03-12-2012, 11:14 AM   #2
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Apparently it's a really popular tactic over in lousianna.
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Old 03-12-2012, 12:03 PM   #3
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We use to do it all the time....works great and if you can find a school you an stop and they will eat just about everything you throw at them....the way we use to do it was we would have one hard bait and on grub and if it wasnt blowing to hard we would have another one shorter in the middle...but we would have the ones on the sides way back so it they would move very slowly but would adjust the distance to keep out of grass or just above it. I have caught plenty of big trout doing this in the early morning and late evenings also works in the winter
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Old 03-12-2012, 12:29 PM   #4
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Ok so this past Saturday I'm landlocked with honey-do's on the only nice weekend of the month so far! I notice three older gentlemen in a tiller-steer Carolina Skiff who appeared to be trolling up and down the docks on Old River.

I learned at an early age to notice when older guys are fishing "different". My initial thought was they were snow-birds trying to avoid their honey-do list by dragging lures around.

Nay nay! Right off our dock one of the guys ties into something nice. I watch him play a nice trout up to the boat but it spit the hook. They said they had caught "a few" but I watched them pass by a few more times, so they must have been getting bit.

It looked like they were using Rapala shallow divers, looked to be about 5 inches.

I went to WalMart and bought a handful of similar plugs and tried my luck yesterday. No luck except for one brief hookup.

But, it was an interesting and relaxing way to not catch fish, and defeats the harsh East wind that makes casting and boat control such a pain.

Anyone else fish like this? Hints?



Where is the Old River? I'm not familiar with that area.
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Old 03-12-2012, 12:36 PM   #5
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grew up doing it in bayou grande. we used a shallow running plug with a white bucktail tied about 18" behind it.
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grew up doing it in bayou grande. we used a shallow running plug with a white bucktail tied about 18" behind it.
thats my stompping grounds....where at on the bayou??
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sounds like a good time to try out my new "alabama rig"
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thats my stompping grounds....where at on the bayou??
i grew up on gibbs rd down near the point. fished and skied all over that bayou. wasn't many days that we didn't have the boat in the water. that was back when navy point ramp was still red clay dirt.
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i grew up on gibbs rd down near the point. fished and skied all over that bayou. wasn't many days that we didn't have the boat in the water. that was back when navy point ramp was still red clay dirt.
oh ok...i was on the far west end and fished alot off the runway on those flats
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Old 03-12-2012, 11:44 PM   #10
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Fisheye: Where in TX. are you now? I'm on a hunting lease in S.E. TX. that has some great fishing on Laguna Madre/ Baffin. Any tips for that area?
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