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Photos by Captain Dean Thomas

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The Slowride Fishing Guide

The big freeze that hit the coast of Texas earlier this year had devastating effects in the short term with so many gamefish and baitfish being killed. The long-term effects of the cold, as well as fishing the pressure of summer, has definitely taken a toll on the fish populations. What I have discovered over the past few months is that the areas where speckled trout and redfish were once intermingled are now inhabited mainly by redfish. Before the freeze, when we drifted vast expenses of seagrass flats, the expectations of seeing multiple species was a constant. There are speckled trout to be caught but I have found them along migration routes that are predictable for those fish in the summer pattern, but not widely dispersed across the flats. In previous seasons which were relatively uninterrupted by disastrous weather events, we had enjoyed many areas where you had a 50-50 chance of trout or redfish on every cast and the two species were definitely intermingling throughout the year. Recovery will take a few years, but we will get back to that level as each individual bay system up and down the coast faces its own challenges.

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The Slowride Fishing Guide

OK so how many of you boaters out there remember a time when you went boating without an iPhone? And then how many of you boaters out there remember the days when everyone exchanged a “friendly wave” as you passed by fellow boaters while out on the water? It really wasn’t that long ago that the friendly wave still existed out there on the water and the advanced communication devices did not. It is more evident these days that “the friendly” wave’ seems to be a gesture associated with times gone by and that got me thinking we should create a movement to bring it back into style. Boaters of all persuasions should be more friendly to each other, and I think the friendly wave will be a nice trend back in that direction.

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The Slowride Fishing Guide

During the busy summer season, I get to meet and fish with many people from across the country so I get to exchange notes with anglers that pursue many other species on much different terrain than I do on a daily basis. But it’s always fun to realize how similar fishing is in many different places across the country. Whether you’re fishing for bass in the reservoirs or trout on the rivers or redfish in the bays, the changes in the weather affect the fish’s behavior very similarly, and lures of different varieties can yield similar results. It really gets fun when you have cooperative fish and a really good bite going on so you have time to change baits and analyze the reaction.

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