Where to Wade Fish – Texas Parks and Wildlife [Official]


It’s kinda like hunting. You’re actually
stalking the fish. You’re in their environment, getting
out of your environment. WADE FISHING IS AS
BASIC AS IT GETS. NO BOAT, NOT A LOT
OF GEAR… Nice fish Ethan, pretty! AND THE REWARD CAN BE GREAT. Awesome, look at the color on that. [music] AWAITING YOU IN THE SHALLOW
WATERS OF THE TEXAS COAST ARE RED DRUM, SPOTTED SEATROUT, FLOUNDER, AND MANY OTHER SPORT FISH. BUT NOT A LOT OF FOLKS
KNOW WHERE TO GO. WELL, THERE ARE 8 BAY SYSTEMS
ALONG THE TEXAS COAST TO CHOOSE FROM, STARTING WITH THE UPPER COAST
AT SABINE LAKE AND HEADING ALL THE WAY SOUTH
TO THE LOWER LAGUNA MADRE. IN ALL THERE IS ALMOST 400
MILES OF BEACH OR BAY ACCESS. ART MORRIS WORKS FOR
TEXAS PARKS AND WILDLIFE AND ONE OF HIS JOBS IS TO GET
FOLKS INTERESTED IN WADE FISHING. We’re fishing the Upper Laguna Madre
today just south of Corpus Christi. It’s one of the premier bays on the
Texas coast to wade fish It’s got miles and miles of
shallow grass flats and with an average depth
of 3 feet, there’s tons of opportunities
for wade fisherman to come down here and try their luck. When you’re out here wading along
the bay shoreline or anywhere, really, you need to be looking for
any kind of sign of activity. That could be baitfish swimming
in the water, a fish tailing, redfish are
renowned for that. You’re looking for more subtle things. There’s a fish! That’s what we’re after. Oh man, that’s a good fish here. Yeah, here we go. Yeah, there’s a redfish
right there. This one I’ll keep. This’ll make some nice grilled
redfish fillets tonight. They’re strong, strong runners, don’t jump very often, but, boy, they sure put up a big fight
pound for pound. MAKING SURE THERE ARE PLENTY
OF FIGHTING REDS IN OUR BAYS IS THE JOB OF TEXAS PARKS
AND WILDLIFE’S COASTAL FISHERIES
HATCHERY PROGRAM. Our goal this year is to raise
25 million red drum fingerlings. THE PLAN IN THE PAST HAD
BEEN TO RAISE THEM TO AN INCH AND A HALF
IN SIZE. We have 190,000 fish so we’re
going to be releasing them today. BUT NOW THEY GROW THEM
TO AN INCH AND 3/4. The reason why we want
the fish to be bigger is because the fish is better able
to adapt to the environment… Ruben I feel em coming now! …it’s better able to forage,
better able to evade predation. So a bigger fish has a better
probability of survival. Go make us proud,
little red drum! OUT OF ALL OF THE BAYS,
PROBABLY THE LEAST UTILIZED IS SAN ANTONIO BAY. Let’s cast up in these weeds here. DONNA VUICHARD TAKES HER
SONS ANDY AND ETHAN OUT JUST ABOUT
EVERY WEEKEND. I like to wadefish because it’s
something we can do together but yet we still all have our space. It’s kinda good, too, because
there’s 3 of us we can cover a lot of area, kind of scout out for each other. See that shark? Look at it over there. It’s probably in there eating mullet and little redfish, stuff like that. It’s just taking its time. Wade fishing you can always go most
of the time where a boat can’t. You can walk and get to ’em
pretty easy and you ain’t got to worry
about spooking them or making a lot of noise. -Whatcha got Ethan?
-A redfish, I guess. Is he going to be a keeper? I don’t know. Might be bigger than you think, Ethan. Redfish, they don’t scare as
easy like trout. so you can get closer to them and
they are a lot funner to catch. Look at that pretty fish, pretty fish. Whoo, Donna’s got a fish. That’s a keeper trout right there. Don’t lose it, don’t lose it mom. I think the biggest challenge
is probably finding what’s gonna work that day. Nice fish mom! It seems like if you’re wade fishing
with artificials, that’s like the ultimate catch. IF YOU ARE LOOKING TO
CATCH BIGGER FISH, THE GULF’S BARRIER ISLANDS
ARE THE TICKET. SOUTH OF SAN ANTONIO BAY
LIES NORTH PADRE ISLAND
NATIONAL SEASHORE WITH OVER 65 MILES OF
UNDEVELOPED BEACH AND SURF, IT’S COASTAL WADE FISHING
AT ITS BEST. So I’m looking for any signs,
any movement on the water, that’s what I’m looking for. LOCAL NICK MEYER STARTS OUT
EVERY TRIP WITH A NET FULL OF MULLET. I just saw some scoot under there.
I don’t know If I got ’em. These finger mullet, they’re migrating down the
island south and they’re closely followed
by the predators, and that’s why they’re such good bait. Okay, this rig is going to be used
to fish really close to us and I’m going to keep my bait alive.
We’ve got the mullet. And what I do on the little mullet,
I take the hook under his chin and just bring it out through the
top of his head like so. It’s a really good redfish rig. Okay, we’re going to place this live
mullet in this deeper water here. This is where the fish are
naturally channeling up. I’m gonna just throw him out. There! He’ll appear like he’s injured and that’s what the redfish
and the trout are looking for. The beauty of this beach is you’ve got such a variety of fish
as you go through the seasons, rom the pompano in the
fall and winter, trout, redfish, jackfish, there’s everything in this water. It’s more than likely the most fertile
bed of water you can get. And I’ve got a fish. He certainly picked it up and
started running. He’s gone down tide of me. You know I think we’ve got
a ladyfish. Here he is. Pound for pound, one of the best fighting
fish you can get. There he goes! Perfect. Ladyfish, poor man’s tarpon. I’ve got a redfish I think. She keeps taking dragline.
It’s a nice red. It’s more than likely a male. Real healthy surf red. My job is to keep in front of him. That’s what fishing on the
beach is about. Beautiful redfish, absolute
prime condition, healthy – look at the
beautiful colors on it. And that’s why I like this beach.
I really do. THE BAY WITH MORE SQUARE MILES
OF WADE FISHING OPPORTUNITIES THAN ANY OTHER, IS THE LOWER LAGUNA MADRE ALONG THE SOUTHERN EDGE
OF THE COAST. The sun is just coming up.
Oh boy, here we go! AVID FLY FISHERMAN
SHANE WILSON IS IN AN AREA CALLED
SOUTH SAND FLATS. When you come down to
South Padre to wadefish, you’re going to be fishing
some of the most pristine gin-clear water that you can see. This water is clear because of
the salinity content and because of the turtle grass
and the sea grass that it’s in. Something else that you
don’t want to miss when you’re out on this early morning
are the amount of blue herons. There’s about 7 or 8 of them
over there right now. They are tremendous fishermen.
I wish I could fish like they do. This looks fabulous. The bottom is hard and the water is high. LIKE ANY TYPE OF WADE FISHING
IN THIS SHALLOW WATER, YOU HAVE TO BE READY
FOR ANY MOVEMENT. I’m looking for water displacement. It’s a wave going in the other direction It’s just something you have to
train yourself to see. Here we go! Come on. Come on. There it is. There it is! Look at that! Look at that!
Look at that! This is what it’s all about!
Southern Texas fishing baby! Come on, hang on. Whoa, come on. I got a nice redfish. I don’t want to break me off either. Sweet, sweetheart.
Yesiree! She was in probably
3 inches of water. I threw the fly about 4 inches
off to her left side. One strip – she turned on it,
stripped it again. She took it, and that’s what
it’s all about! Here you go baby! Freedom is there. There she is. Ah, sweet! It’s relaxing, very relaxing. SO WHETHER IT’S WADING WITH
THE FAMILY IN SAN ANTONIO BAY… This is about as good as it gets. OR FLY FISHING SOLO
IN SOUTH PADRE, WHATEVER YOUR PLEASURE, TEXAS IS A WADE FISHING
WONDERLAND.

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