Gulf Coast Fisherman Magazine Vol 39 No. 1 - Page 14

Gulf Coast Closeup (Continued from page 11.) early on a bull followed mine to boatside where it made a rather rowdy but slightly errant pass at it just as I was about to lift it from the water for another cast. Talk about getting a guy’s attention! The disappointment of missing the fish, however, was short-lived, as an hour or so later another one struck – this time a bit more accurately. After the ensuing confrontation, we were able to get it aboard for some quick pictures with Weeks Island in the background and a safe release. A crude estimate of its length was 40 inches. Three months later, again in the Rockefeller Refuge but a different canal from the one that gave up Durel’s fish, I got another. While working the righthand corner of the canal, I noticed a nicesized red make an attack on some small mullet in the left-hand corner. So I crossed the canal, gently set the anchor within casting range of where the fish had struck, and then made my offering – this time with a fly. I recall almost immediately hooking and then losing what seemed to be a “regular red”, but not long thereafter the big one struck. It was quickly weighed (Continued on page 18.) W E S T G U L F Port Isabel, Texas to Eugene Island, Louisiana Wells Forecast Adjustment Times ROCKPORT AREA Rockport Basin .......................... +:15 Copano Causeway ..................... +:45 Halfmoon Reef .......................... +:30 Cedar Bayou ............................... -:10 Blackjack Point .......................... +:50 CORPUS CHRISTI Aransas Pass Jetties .................... -:30 Hog Island .................................. -:10 Dagger Island .......................... Same Long Reef .................................. +:40 Nueces Bay Causeway ............ +1:15 Padre Island Causeway ............ +1:15 LAGUNA MADRE Baffin Bay/Canal ..................... Same Starvation Point ......................... +:30 Land Cut (north) ........................ +:40 Land Cut (south) ...................... +1:40 Port Mansfield Basin ................. +:30 Arroyo Colorado Cut ............... +1:20 Brazos Santiago Jetties ............... -:10 Queen Isabella Causeway .......... +:20 Rio Grande Mouth ................... Same MATAGORDA AREA Colorado River Mouth ................ -:40 Colorado River Locks ............... +:10 Dog Island Reef ...