TPWD Fishing Reports Added; Photo Gallery Viewing Note; Spring Boating Reminders

One development, and one usage tip regarding CoastalAnglers.com

We have added the Texas Parks & Wildife Department’s Weekly Fishing Reports to our links. These reports do not go into great detail as a rule; however, they do give you a quick and up-front look at coastal (and freshwater) angling developments and trends as they occur.

Secondly, a lot of folks are missing a lot of the photos available via the CoastalAnglers.com photo gallery. The trick to seeing the entire lot is to check the bottom-right-hand side of the page, where you will see “2” and “3,” (and soon, “4,” “5,” and so on) indicating the availability of many more images on these additional pages. Click on these numbers after viewing a chosen page, and you’ll be able to check out the latest photos posted to the site.Team Shake N Bake

Now is the time to safety-check your boat, motor and trailer.

It’s raining like the dickens outside the office window here in Seabrook, and has shaped up to be … well, to put it bluntly, a lousy weekend for fishing, weather-wise. Rain is forecast to virtually go away by tomorrow, and possibly, this evening. Still, weekend winds are going to set the scene for rough and dirty waters, especially on the Upper Texas Coast. Now is a great time to take care of the boat-related “gotta-dos” that you have been putting off all spring.

Some things are very easily overlooked. Not the least are related to trailer … a device that doesn’t seem too important until it causes problems. First of all, check the air level in your trailer tires. It’s amazing how much pressure they can lose just sitting in place. If you haven’t added grease to the trailer hubs in a while, get it done for that extra measure of insurance while pulling your boat down the highway. Also, check the power levels in your trolling motors and charge as needed. Ditto for your cranking battery. Turn the key to make sure that the engine will crank after the rig slides off the trailer at your local boat ramp. Even transom plugs need to be replaced now and then, and as inexpensive as they are, a new one (and a spare) is always a wise addition to the dry-box inventory.

If your boat trailer is in good condition, and you want to keep it that way, apply a coat of CorrosionX HD to the axle, springs and any metal (non-galvanized) parts of the frame. Even on aluminum trailers there are rust-prone surfaces, and CorrsionX HD is a very effective and easy-to-apply spray mixture that does an incredible job of keeping the ever-constant threat of rust at bay (no pun intended). The product is also good for saltwater trolling motor applications (just be sure not to put it on your wheel wells, or when you attempt to “hop aboard” via said wheel wells you are liable to end up with a nasty slip-up … I speak from experience on that one, as much as I hate to admit it.) A good coat of “red can,” lower-viscosity CorrosionX always stays on my boat as well. Among other things, I use it to treat my boat wiring (which, after several years, I had to replace … a costly process I don’t care to duplicate any time soon).

If you do go out on the water this weekend, keep an eye on the weather. An inexpensive weather radio is invaluable. Better yet, if you don’t already own one, rig your boat with a VHF radio (which, as part of the unit, will pick up and transmit NOAA Weather frequencies).

Check the condition of your life jackets/PFDs. For that matter, run down the Coast Guard’s list of onboard requirements, including a noise-making air horn or whistle, and be sure your boat passes inspection. Aside from the threat of being fined for violations, the much greater danger is needing one of those requirements and discovering that it is not on-board or is not in working condition. The environment we so dearly love can, and will, turn on us like a rabid dog if we fail to be vigilant.

Every time I fire up the engine I feel a deep sense of responsibility to the passengers who are with me. It is my job to assure their safety, and that’s a responsibility that one cannot afford to take lightly. Having mechanical problems on the road is one thing … and an ill-maintained boat trailer can indeed provide the makings of a travel nightmare.

However, compared to what it’s like to be in the midst of a vast and open bay system, or more dangerous yet, out atop the Gulf of Mexico, “road hazards” seem meager in comparison. Don’t take chances, be safe, and … even if the weather is lousy … good fishing.

Boz


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