How many times has it happened to you? After hours of fishing, struggling, changing baits, and changing tactics it finally happens. The fish finally decide to cooperate, and all is right with the world again. That brief period of euphoria wipes away all the memories of cold boring hours spent probing empty acres of water. It’s the opportunity we all search for yet only a few find on a consistent basis.
Those few fishermen who routinely find these brief periods where fish go on rampages that the average guy can only dream of reach mythical status quickly in the fishing community. The “underground” of the fishing world buzzes with the stories of these fishermen, exploits surrounding sessions when every cast was met with a bone-jarring strike circulate at the boat shows and each time the story is told the stringer always gets bigger. Every coastal angler dreams of fishing trips like these but most don’t understand what it takes to achieve these results.
If you ever get a chance to talk to the really good fishermen along the Texas coast you will find that most of them are very detail oriented and they keep some sort of records. The records consist of all the obvious things like tides, temps, and weather, along with bottom structure, available bait, and a few others. The records offer up valuable history that can help anglers find a consistent fish catching pattern.