Ever so often I get a wild hair to sneak off to some place that I've never been before. My friends all refer to them as Mike's Safaris to Adventure because they never know what I'm going to get them into. I really did pull out a map and start searching and planning. Well, times have changed and now days I look at the Texas coast with the use of the internet. I'll start searching up and down the many miles of coastline with the use of Maptech, Topozone, and Google Maps. Everything you need to pull one of these trips off is available on line. Do a couple of screen prints and away you go.
This trip was to an area south of Freeport near the San Bernard NWR. As we neared our put in destination, I was amazed to see the abundance of coastal prairie and coastal marsh still in tact. Something you don't find a whole lot of around the west side of the Galveston Bay complex.
In tow were two of my fishing buddies, Hie and Freddie. We put the kayaks in and proceeded to go exploring into the marsh. Baitfish were everywhere, which is a main ingredient to a successful trip. We were chunking our all time favorite soft plastics and shortly I hooked into an under-sized Red. Hie soon followed suit and tied into a nice Red himself.
We spent most of the day exploring into this new area and were definitely impressed with the fishing potential the area held. You could literally pack a lunch or two and spend an entire weekend exploring and fishing, never to have covered the entire area. This area has definitely made it onto my list of favorite areas to fish.
All in all, this was a great first trip. Between the three of us, we managed 4 Reds, 6 Trout, and 3 Flounder. None of us managed the Texas Slam but, the potential is there.