Update: Hot weather, hot fishing in Corpus Christi, TX

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Update: Hot weather, hot fishing in Corpus Christi, TX

Postby ganz1960 » Dec Sat 28, 2019 6:32 pm

Hi all,

Joe's striper thread inspired me to post. I recently retired and I spent the last 2 months escaping the Chicago winter in Corpus Christi, Texas. The saltwater fishing and environment are amazing. So different from Illinois freshwater…even on days I don't catch anything, I still see lots of turtles surfacing and mullet jumping and birds diving. Amazing. Skunks are still the same as in Illinois though.

To prepare for my stay here starting in October, I hired a guide for a day in September. I caught several fish, but here's the biggest: a 40-inch redfish. Fought it for 20 minutes wading in waist-deep water. An incredible memory.

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I arrived in CC on Oct 20. There are lots of fishing opportunities from shore, jetties, and piers. My first time, I caught this ladyfish from a jetty using a Rat-L-Trap. I missed 2 others (broke me off with those chompers).

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I quickly saw that pelicans have learned to hang out around fishermen, hoping for an easy meal. One of these 2 guys swooped in and stole the ladyfish just as I released it. An easy meal for them indeed. I haven't made that mistake again.

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I've been to other jetties and piers since then, especially one near where a battleship is docked permanently. I THINK some of these are speckled trout and sand trout. The others…I have no idea.

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Re: Hot weather, hot fishing in Corpus Christi, TX

Postby ganz1960 » Dec Sat 28, 2019 6:42 pm

A few more pics:

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Re: Hot weather, hot fishing in Corpus Christi, TX

Postby joetrain » Dec Sat 28, 2019 7:59 pm

Glad I was an inspiration to you. The fish in your hand is a pinfish and the one below it is a speckled trout. I’m no help on the others.
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Re: Hot weather, hot fishing in Corpus Christi, TX

Postby cletedius » Dec Sat 28, 2019 8:03 pm

Cool post :thumbup:
Thats a monster redfish!
Im pretty certain the ladyfish with a rattletrap in its yap is a spanish mackerel. They're a riot on light gear but you really need (thin) wire to not lose every other bait you hook up on. A relatively cheap & highly effective way to catch them is with 1/8oz white marabou crappie jigs you buy on a card, mackerels love em & losing 1 here & there is kinda painless.
In the 4th pic, that is a pinfish. Get a pack of 4/0-6/0 circle hooks, hook that pinfish thru the snout (or behind its dorsal) & fire it back out & see what happens. Very popular bait for many species, snook, tarpon, grouper, snapper + many others.
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Re: Hot weather, hot fishing in Corpus Christi, TX

Postby ganz1960 » Dec Sat 28, 2019 8:16 pm

Thanks Joe! And thanks cletedius!

I think you're right! It's a spanish mackerel, not a ladyfish. Just looked it up.

When I first landed it, I thought it was a speckled trout because that's the only fish I knew a little about around here and just assumed. Then I saw someone on YouTube land a ladyfish, noticed the difference in tails between that and a trout, and so I then started saying I landed a ladyfish. But now come to find out, it's a Spanish! Seems cool to me!

Thanks also for the tips!
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Re: Hot weather, hot fishing in Corpus Christi, TX

Postby HEDDONFROG » Dec Sun 29, 2019 12:30 am

That’s not a redfish that badboy is a bull redfish lol sweet post man, keep them coming
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Re: Hot weather, hot fishing in Corpus Christi, TX

Postby FishinMatt » Dec Sun 29, 2019 11:31 am

That is living right there. I hope you keep us updated on your adventures.
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Re: Hot weather, hot fishing in Corpus Christi, TX

Postby jmdog2003 » Dec Sun 29, 2019 2:32 pm

Very cool and great pics to tell your tale
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Re: Hot weather, hot fishing in Corpus Christi, TX

Postby Woohoodude11 » Jan Thu 02, 2020 7:48 am

Great, now you've added another bucket list fishing destination for me :lol:

I'm with the majority, keep em coming.
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Re: Hot weather, hot fishing in Corpus Christi, TX

Postby urbanHog312 » Jan Thu 02, 2020 10:01 am

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Re: Hot weather, hot fishing in Corpus Christi, TX

Postby mike son » Jan Sun 05, 2020 12:12 pm

Congrats on the retirement. Awesome fish. I like the diversity of saltwater catches, never know what you're going to land. That eel looking fish(maybe it is an eel?) is pretty cool.
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Re: Hot weather, hot fishing in Corpus Christi, TX

Postby billfish3r » Feb Fri 07, 2020 9:07 am

Incredible story! Im going fishing next month with my piscifun phantom carbon baitcasting reel. My baitcasting skill needs to be tuned but I hope I will still have the same adventure as you had. Ill be sure to take some photographs and post it here :D
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Re: Update: Hot weather, hot fishing in Corpus Christi, TX

Postby ganz1960 » Mar Mon 23, 2020 4:45 pm

After catching peacock bass in Miami, I headed back to Corpus Christi for a few weeks to continue fishing for speckled trout. Just fell in love with catching them!

This morning, I caught 5 like the ones pictured. I was casting a 3/4 oz gold spoon as far as I could in the wind. All 5 hammered it! You can also see the view of downtown Corpus Christi I had as I fished near an abandoned fishing pier that the city can't afford to fix.

All this is now less than a 10-minute walk from the Airbnb where I'm staying. Fun times!

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Re: Update: Hot weather, hot fishing in Corpus Christi, TX

Postby RonG » Mar Mon 23, 2020 4:54 pm

ganz1960 wrote:I headed back to Corpus Christi for a few weeks to continue fishing for speckled trout.


Be careful down there man! My wife's aunt lives and drives down there. This was her:

https://youtu.be/DUMZn4-4v-M
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Re: Update: Hot weather, hot fishing in Corpus Christi, TX

Postby ganz1960 » Mar Mon 23, 2020 5:08 pm

RonG wrote:
ganz1960 wrote:I headed back to Corpus Christi for a few weeks to continue fishing for speckled trout.


Be careful down there man! My wife's aunt lives and drives down there. This was her:

https://youtu.be/DUMZn4-4v-M


Wow! Glad she's OK! No citations issued? Surprising!

I'll be on the lookout for her (and others like her) as I continue to walk around the city. Thanks for the warning!

PS. As bad as that is, my feeling is that it's nothing compared to Miami. Miami has the worst drivers in the country (especially from my perspective as a pedestrian).
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Re: Update: Hot weather, hot fishing in Corpus Christi, TX

Postby RonG » Mar Mon 23, 2020 5:18 pm

ganz1960 wrote:Wow! Glad she's OK! No citations issued? Surprising!

I'll be on the lookout for her (and others like her) as I continue to walk around the city. Thanks for the warning!


Bad news! She's now 10 years older. :lol: Every time I see one of those on the news, I holler out "Aunt Marie's at it again!" to tease my wife. :)
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Re: Update: Hot weather, hot fishing in Corpus Christi, TX

Postby ganz1960 » Mar Mon 23, 2020 5:36 pm

RonG wrote: Bad news! She's now 10 years older. :lol: Every time I see one of those on the news, I holler out "Aunt Marie's at it again!" to tease my wife. :)


Ha! I just went back to your link and checked. I didn't notice the year the first time I watched. I be even more vigilant now!
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