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Posted: Thursday, August 16, 2007 12:00 am

By Gene Segert Fishing Columnist

The fishing is picking up out there so head to the water

It was another decent week for anglers, and the weather was warm, but not so much stormy weather like the past weeks. I personally enjoyed a nice kayak trip with my nephew from Woodsboro. We launched our kayaks at Bayside near the Aransas River. The water was still murky from the fresh water runoff from upstream. In spite of the ugly water we caught some nice reds up to 26 inches and some nice flounder up to 16 inches, which made for an enjoyable trip. We made all of our catches on Berkeley Gulp shrimp, pogeys, and gold spoons. We spotted quite a few alligators that day. There are always alligators around there but I guess because of all of the fresh water coming down they showed up in places where we don't usually expect them, so needless to say we didn't dangle our feet or hands in the water! (We didn't want any of that foot in the gator mouth disease!)

The Coastal Conservation Association tagged redfish division is still wide open with only 2 verified tagged reds being caught, which leaves 3 truck and boat, motor and trailer packages along with 5 boat and trailer packages still up for grabs. Sign up and get out there and win those trucks and boats! It would be great if one of our local anglers would win!

Now for the report.

Billy, Melissa and Lacey Massey along with a friend Dannie Neeley , all from Godley , Texas came in with a great catch of reds and trout caught fishing with Captain Danny Freeze. All were caught with live croaker in Redfish Bay.

Sandy at the Dolphin Docks offshore report included a 30 pound dorado, a 34 pound king, limits of red and vermilion snapper, some ling and black fin tuna.

Mary Ann at Crab Man Marina reported limits of red and vermilion snapper, kings, ling black fin tuna barracuda and a 115 pound silky shark.

Cameron at Marker 37 reported scattered trout caught off of their pier at night but most of the trout and redfish action was happening south of them at the Port Mansfield area.

Karen at Roy's Bait and Tackle said anglers have been catching quite a few trout in the surf on cut bait.

Mike at Bob Hall pier reported some keeper trout being caught early in the morning on live shrimp, as well as a few kings, with one 50 pounder hauled in one night.

Mike at Fisherman's Wharf reported lots of trout being caught from the north jetty on live piggy perch. Offshore was producing a lot of big mahi- mahi, some king mackerel along with limits of red and vermilion snapper.

Sharon at Woody's said there was still a lot of big trout being caught in the surf on live piggy perch on some of the calmer days.

Mary at Port A Outfitters said anglers were reporting nice catches of trout in the Lydia Ann Channel on live piggy perch. She also said the north jetty was producing some nice trout and several boaters had spotted a very large shark near the end of the jetty chasing bait fish and causing quite a spectacle.

There has been an unusually high number of boats on the water in the last couple of weeks so be careful out there , have a great week on the water and keep on yakkin'.

E-mail your fishing stories to Gene at johnhb1@yahoo.com or send them by snail mail to Yakin' It Up, P.O. Box 1124, Ingleside, TX 78362.

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