Gulf Coast Fisherman Magazine Vol 39 No 2 - Spring 2015 | Page 5

Editor’s Notes Residents of the Gulf Coast may be wondering, “was it an early spring or late winter?” While the week before we went to press the Texas coast was enjoying warm spring-like temps, the eastern gulf was experiencing some of the coldest temps felt in years. Twice this winter, Texas coastal residents were spared freezing temps when the jet stream dipped to the east and brought Louisiana to Florida residents a hard freeze and in some places a bit of snow. One thing we can be sure of, though, is we will all be back on the same page this Spring as unrelenting winds will pummel the Gulf coast, day in and day out. Spring is a transition period between cold weather and warm, and until a somewhat equilibrium is reached between the upper and lower US, there will be strong winds to contend with. Fortunately, not every day will have red flags flying over the Coast Guard station, and on such days it’s pretty much fishing as usual. But for those days when there are whitecaps inside the boat ramp, there are still options available that will allow anglers to use the wind to their advantage. Two features in this issue (“Rattle ‘Em UP” and “Quick Drift Strategies”) are devoted specifically to this recurring issue and how you can make the most of it. More tips can be spotted in other articles as well. On the bright side of windy conditions, knowing where/ how to be successful in unfishable conditions for most fishermen, means less competition on the water and easy access to even the most popular of ramps. There’s something about heading out when conditions are too cold, too windy, etc. for most fishermen, whether it be a park the vehicle and wade spot, or one that’s accessed by boat. Spring also offers a great chance to catch a really large speck. This issue’s “Tackle Time” department, by Colby Sorrells, gets into when size matters most for artificial baits. Colby focuses on “Spook” type baits commonly used in a “walk the dog” retrieve. As you may or may not have noticed, but as Colby points out, large mullet are primarily what’s available to large trout this time of year. Therefore, the use of larger baits will produce larger fish. Colby is also co-author of a new book titled, “Langley Field Tested Tackle”. If you’re familiar with this once innovative company that was at the forefront of some amazing leaps in tackle, in both function and quality, this is a book for you. It’s beautifully illustrated and includes a price guide for their vintage tackle. See the New Products department on page 30 for information on how to order. Our Readers Write The Pontchartrain isn’t the only place to catch a blue cat and a redfish, my husband Robert McMillin caught these in our backyard in Cedar Bayou in Baytown, Texas. The blue cat was 36 inches and weighed 20 pounds, the redfish was 27 inches and weighed 8 pounds. This was two days before Thanksgiving so we ditched the turkey and dressing for fried fish this year. Swimmingly Yours, Vicki Calma CHANGE OF ADDRESS? Don’t forget to send us your change of address at least forty-five days prior to the publication date of the first issue you need to have delivered to the new address. APRIL • MAY • JUNE 2 0 1 5 5