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Monday, October 29, 2007
Anahuac Wildlife Refuge Trip Report, October 27, 2007
By SightCast @ 10:28 AM :: 1429 Views
Visions of landing the BIG THREE were thought of throughout the night
before this trip being held at Anahuac Wildlife Refuge .  Upon arrival
the conditions seemed like ice cream-cool temps, clear skies and light
winds.  However, we knew winds would begin to pick up by mid-day and boy
did it increase.  Water clarity seemed adequate and I noted some slight dirtiness
in it, yet it still seamed adequate for finding some fish.  The tide was
out going through out the day.  We noticed 3 lone waders who waded out from
the launch area about 3/4 mile and at first I thought they were pilings but
as I paddled closer to my destination I noted that the pilings were moving.
My first impressions were that they were fishing for flounder, but I noted the
movement of the rods and they were after trout/reds.  I proceeded about another
1/2 mile to Anahuac Reefs where I found my first two trout in the a.m. I noted that
there was great structure around this reef and scattered shell around it.  There
were several drop-offs that were a little to deep to wade but thoughts of trophies
being in there on another day raced through my mind.  Radio chatter seemed slow at
first when Ken announced that Craig N and Jim R were both within seconds of each other
hooked up with reds near the shoreline.  The bite seemed to improve as the day got
longer as it seemed very slow throughout the a.m.  It was feeling a little bit like
a blue-bird day and then I found Ken J who had hooked 5 trout with 1 keeper that was
a little hog at 22" caught on a mid range suspending shad Mirrorlure.  In addition, he
landed two keeper flounder that were caught by bouncing this lure over the water. Barry
hooked a couple of flounder on the fly rod and another one trolling a soft plastic on the
paddle back to the launch point from Robinson Bayou. The flats along the shoreline were on
the muddy side which made wading, bladder relief and kayak re-entry challenging.  A special
welcome should be extended to Benjamin H, Chris C, Ironman Bill B(no waders), Randall P and
Chrissi B. (who came down from Ft. Worth), Roberta S, J Cantu, and Paul K who were first
time guests on a PACK outing.  We look forward to seeing you guys at more outings.  There
was a brief lull in the winds around 2pm and the bite was trying to turn on but it 
never did.  All in all this was a fun trip and new area learned for a lot of us.  
Please upload any photos you took onto the PACK Photos webpage. Here is the link to the 
photos for this trip: Click Here to see pictures.
Tight Lines, 
Barry S and Jason T