guys. i’ve been away on long hiatus. after a busy season in patagonia last summer (winter in the northern hemisphere), i spent a fishless winter in Buenos Aires much to my chagrin. i needed a break since i’ve pretty much done nothing but traveled and fished for the last 16+ years. i was uncreative and a little uninspired, so rather than post some half-ass junk just to fill the blog, i decided to leave it alone for a while.
anyway, i came back to the northern hemisphere around the beginning of september, did a little fishing on the coast and some in the hill country, and also took a 10-day trip to the Yucatán to chase baby tarpon. i’ll post those photos soon! i’m going to make an effort to keep the blog to date in the following months.
in the meantime, here’s a photo of my good friend Frank Butler who travels and fishes with me all over. we spent a great day on the Llano River a couple weeks ago. we fished top water all day and boated around 100 bass, mostly nice chunky Guadalupe bass and some really nice largemouth.
anyway, drop me a line if you want to chat: email@example.com….cheers!
hi, everyone. here is some footage of tailing redfish from the texas coast a few weekends ago. this is a crappy edit of some shaky footage, hard to keep small cameras still while zoomed all the way in.
you guys will need to download quicktime if you haven’t done so already. hopefully the plug-in will detect if you have quicktime, otherwise go HERE to download it (it’s free). yeah, i know that FLASH video is more standard these days, but i’m not a technician and i haven’t figured out how to make good looking compressed videos for FLASH yet, that’s my next project. so for the time being, just download QT from the Apple site (click HERE), install it, and refresh. email me if you have problems seeing the video.
so, we went to the coast the weekend before last. i was with my Argentine friend, room mate (in Buenos Aires) and business partner Sebastian Casado who was here visiting. the water had been super high from low pressure and constant north east winds that were piling up the water since Hurricane Gustav back in early September, so it made the redfishing kind of tough.
we had a good couple of days. found lots of big fish near JFK causeway on Saturday, but couldn’t get them to eat. came up on pods of hundreds of fish, mostly in the 24-28 inch range, but some 30+ inch fish. finally got a couple nice ones to eat. this is a photo of me with a 29″, 9 lb redfish.
the next day (Sunday), the wind was out of the northwest and calm, but the water dropped about a foot, to more reasonable levels. we launched out of Goose Island State Park and headed for some lakes on the backside of St. Jo Island. we found a lake with pod after pod of tailing fish, mostly smaller fish, but a couple pods had some big fish in them. we spent the next few hours catching all the fish we wanted out of those pods. i’ll post some video when i get around to it. here is Sebastian with a nice 26″ redfish. photos by Vince Wiseman and Joey Lin. cheers.
guys, really really really sorry about the lack of posts. been having computer issues, and also i’m getting ready to leave for Argentina until June, so i’m a bit busy these days.
went sunday with the lovely Celine Adams to a secret spot out in the hill country. a great float with crystal clear water to 12 feet!! the fishing was a bit tough, they weren’t eating too well. also, the water was so clear that the fish could see us coming from a mile away. it was also quite windy, so i was making noise just trying to keep the canoe in position, as we were getting blown all around. and the cypress leaves were falling in the water, so we’d get hung up on junk every other cast.
it was an enjoyable day, nevertheless. Celine caught a few nice Guadalupe bass and hooked a huge largemouth in the 4+ pound range, but it got away.
finally got to check out the San Marcos with my guide partner and buddy, Marcus Rodriguez. the river is flowing about 600 cfs, so it was cooking. we decided to go in Hobie Float Cats (kick boat), just to get the exercise, and since we hadn’t seen it since the flooding this past summer.
there’s still good fishing in the San Marcos in parts, but it’s nothing like it was in the old days when it was some of the most incredible fishing in Texas. here are some photos from today. the first one is a largemouth about 3.5 pounds, 19-20 inches. this was the first cast of the day! usually a bad sign. i hooked and lost another big one, but it was generally pretty slow. Marcus and I hooked a few guadalupe bass, but we blazed through the float since we both needed to be back in town early. oh, still plenty of catfish in the river. here’s Marcus with un ugly specimen.
oh, and here are some funky clouds. photos copyright Joey Lin.
ok, here are some photos from friday, a guide trip i did with Hans Sander of Austin. before i get into the details of the fishing day, i just want to say a few things. back in the mid 90’s when i was working at the Austin Angler, nobody was guiding in the Texas Hill Country. there was a guy by the name of Dan McGrath who did some Llano trips, and Scott Graham who did some stuff on the Guadalupe and Blanco Rivers, and moved on to do more at the coast. but essentially, nobody specialized in Hill Country streams or (guadalupe) bass fishing. i took it upon myself to learn the Hill Country rivers, inspired by the late Bud Priddy himself and my own desire to promote wild, native fishing rather than the putt-putt golf-esque, put-and-take trout fishing we have on the Guadalupe River.
anyhow, during those years, i paid my dues, setting standards for guiding on rivers like the Medina and San Marcos Rivers, to name a few. i regularly guide and fish over 500 miles of water within 2.5 hours of Austin. suddenly, now, everybody and their moms are fly fishing guides, which is cool, i supppose. but this isn’t so much to rag on anyone, just to set the record straight, and to say ‘I REALLY know what the HELL i’m doing’…. Read the rest of this entry »
hey, so this is from last week. i was out west of Austin on a 17,000 acre private ranch that has an awesome creek that are headwaters of a major river system. i’ve promised to keep it secret where i was. not really important, besides that it was a pristine piece of property. lots of deer and turkeys all over. fishing was great, lots of largemouth bass in the 2-3 pound range, i only fished briefly for an afternoon, but it was clear that there had to be much bigger bass there. they have the creek dammed up in places, otherwise there’d be no depth to the water. it’s all spring fed. the springs were so strong that they were bubbling up with turbulence in some of the pools. these are photos of mainly some cliffs. i like cliffs. oh, and that waterfall was in the main river. it’s about a 5-6 foot drop. a very few amount of people will know where this is. cheers.
here are a couple of images from a trip on the South Llano River with Wilson and Nelson Jaeggli. the river was clearing, but running fast (i estimate around 180 cfs??), so we opted to float 9 miles. fishing was decent, lots of activity, especially between 2 p.m. and 4 p.m…lots of smaller fish, as is usually the case on this river since the big floods in the last 10 years changed the river. we did have a couple 2-2.5 pound largemouth come out for a popper, but most were the average sized Guadalupe bass of 10-12 inches and some monster bull red breasted sunfish. the guy on the tractor is Curtis Thomas taking our canoes out of the river on his property. he runs South Llano River Canoes, so if you need a canoe or shuttle, give him a call at 325-446-2220. cheers.