PORT ARTHUR — Mistakes are avoidable, especially when it comes to fishing.
That is the reason in the previous column we began a three-part series on mistakes anglers make.
My goal when it comes to writing on fishing is to help you avoid mistakes and maximize your time on the water. Very few of us have nearly as much time as we would like to dedicate to fishing so this year let us begin a journey together to make what time we do have far more productive.
Today we tackle mistakes saltwater anglers make.
Windy Retreat: I hate wind. It seems to blow so hard throughout the spring in Southeast Texas that fishing is seemingly impossible and in fact, there are days when that is so.
Anglers however make a huge mistake in assuming the fish will not bite on windy days. On the contrary, that is when some of the most aggressive bites occur.
Much of this has to do with barometric pressure and when you have strong winds generally, you have lower pressure, which often translates to feeding fish. This is especially true before fronts arrive.
The key is to learn to use techniques that are doable in strong winds and find areas where you will have some protection.
I have had incredible days at the jetties on the Texas side when the southeast wind was pushing waves three feet over the Louisiana side. Think safety first of course and then consider spots that offer some kind of viable opportunity.
Fluorocarbon: In my opinion the use or lack of using fluorocarbon in saltwater is one of the biggest mistakes anglers make. When water conditions are clear enough for a fish to see two feet or greater fluorocarbon can make the difference.
It has the same refractive properties as water and is virtually invisible below the surface. Big trout and flounder in particular can be line shy in clear conditions which is why when I am seeking either those species in clear water; fluorocarbon is always on the end of my line. It makes great leader material and works fine spooled on a spinning reel.