Backwater Report

All Text & Photos Provided by Patrick “Tupat” Eichstaedt @TheRealTupat

Summertime fishing is undeniably one of the most enjoyable experiences for any angler. The thrill of the catch, the refreshing post-fishing dips in the pool or ocean, and the delightful evening grilling sessions with your freshly caught bounty make it an extraordinary season for fishing enthusiasts. However, what truly adds to the magic is when you embark on this journey with your loved ones.

Last month, I had the privilege of guiding the Ha family from Texas on a backwater adventure that exceeded all expectations! Led by dad, Kim Ha, the expedition included his three boys: Adlai (15), Kingston (9), and the youngest fishing prodigy, Rockwell (4). Armed with live shrimp and mud guppies, we set out on a three-hour fishing escapade, and to our delight, every single cast led to an exciting hook-up!

The variety of species we encountered was remarkable. Snook, reds, mangrove snappers, sailor’s choice, and a few catfish couldn’t resist the irresistible bait. Witnessing the pure joy on The Ha family’s faces as they reeled in these magnificent fish was truly priceless. Even before we started, I had a hunch that the day would be great, given the favorable weather conditions, but little did I know it would turn out to be beyond our wildest expectations! Just a short 20-minute paddle from my house, we arrived at a serene sandbar facing a deep bank, and from there, the fishing action exploded!

This day will forever be etched in my memory. Sharing the passion for fishing, connecting with Mother Nature, and embracing the spirit of adventure with the Ha family was a natural high. For them, these memories will be cherished for a lifetime, and the valuable lessons learned during this trip will undoubtedly be passed on to the next generation.

As we delve deeper into the heart of summer, the fishing conditions are predicted to remain hot and vibrant! For those seeking bigger snook and reds, I highly recommend using top water plugs to maximize your chances of a thrilling catch. So, grab your gear, round up your family, and embark on your own fishing journey, creating memories that will last a lifetime! Happy fishing!

August Tide Chart

Until next time… Cast ’em, hook ’em, and reel ’em in!


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