Dolphin Cove TKF Flotilla/Tourney 4/5

Avg Temp: 73 °F

Wind:5mph 15mph gusts

Tides: Low 1:41am  High 11:26am

Water Temp:66°F

Moon:Waxing Crescent

I was the first person to arrive at the friendly fishing tournament held at Dolphin Cove hosted by Zman and MonkeyPaddler from the http://www.texaskayakfisherman.com Lower Laguna madre chapter. Water was cold 66 degrees and the fog was looming around the bay. Visibility was down to about 1000 yards but beyond that nada. So I waited in the morning until other kayakers arrived to the launch site. After 3 kayakers arrived I decided that the tourney was still a go. By this time the fog and twilight had lifted enough for a safe paddle to Mexiquita Flats. Initially South Bay was on my mind but given the unknown forecast of the day I decided to stay relatively close to the launch site.  There was a 30% chance of rain and I didnt want tog et stuck in a long paddle during a rain storm.So I made my way to the range tower in the middle of Mexiquita and worked some top-water lures with no response. So I switched to the new Fl0mingo ball tail shad by Kelly Wigglers and headed towards shallower water. I got no strikes for 30 mins at the new location so I moved South to the bar that separates Mexiquita from the channel. When I arrived I saw that someone had already beaten me there and to my surprise it was Capt. Ernest Cisneros. I decided to stick around the area and check out if they were landing any trout. To my surprise they weren’t. The only person who was catching trout was only in shine deep in water while everyone else was belly deep. I fished around them and eventually they moved on to another spot.

Capt Ernest Cisneros' ride

Capt Ernest Cisneros’ ride

I waded the same area hoping that the incoming tide had made the spot more productive. I switched to Corky ball tail lure and  spent the next hour working the area over with no luck at all. I jumped back on the kayak and fished deeper water closer to the tower and stated landing skipjacks. After a few skippies I decided to call it quits. Luckily for us Zman had made BBQ for all of the attendees.

 

 

parking was limited

parking was limited

 

LLM Hospitality!

LLM Hospitality!

At the Floatillas/Informal Tournaments sometimes its not about the fish catching but the comrade shared amongst new and old friends.  It’s this kind of hospitality that makes waking up early and getting skunked well worth it! I can hardly wait until the next one! Thanks to Zman and MonkeyPAddler for making it happen!

 

All meat provided by La Victoria Meat Market in Hidalgo,TX...thank you!

All meat provided by La Victoria Meat Market in Hidalgo,TX…thank you!

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