Optimists by Nature

Optimists by Nature

It seems like every opportunity to fish is presented with at least one obstacle to overcome. Cold fronts, rain, full moons, the snooze button, no porta-johns, backlashes, WIND, rowers, current, uncooperative fish, portaging, poison ivy, did I mention wind? Well, this time it was rain from two days previous that was just making it's way down. The hometown river was raging and impossible to navigate via kayak. So, the ERTX crew set out into unfamiliar territory on the Guadalupe River and it did not disappoint. 

photo: Joseph Sanderson

It didn't take long to find the fish and they got better as the day went along. I was throwing a Booyah Poppin' Pad Crasher hollow body frog into the shady pockets, making long casts and using a quick, consistent retrieve. My big fish of the day came on the frog, but the topwater bite seemed to slow down as the sun moved higher in sky. 

Frog Fish

I was also using a Kistler Argon Spinnerbait Rod with swim jig tied on and an Xcite Baits Shad Nasty swimbait as the trailer. The 4" shad nasty was the perfect size for the jig and the fish seemed to like it too. I was pitching it into brush, trying to cover as much water as possible.

photo: Joseph Sanderson

photo: Joseph Sanderson

/ / C A T F I S H E D / /

Have you ever heard of the term 'catfished'? I'm not talking about fake online personas, I'm talking about fishing for bass and catching a 10lb channel cat! Well, that happened on this trip. Twice! First, it was the channel cat and then Joseph hauled in a massive 15+ pound blue catfish on a swim jig and shad nasty combo. This never gets old. 

B.Y.O.T.

B.Y.O.T.

FLW Fishing on Lake Travis

FLW Fishing on Lake Travis