Monthly Archives: November 2015

Gulf of Mexico Wildlife Series: SeaRobin

  • It’s a bird! It’s a fish! No, it’s a searobin!

“There is at least 12 SeaRobins (Prionotus tribulus) species inhabiting Gulf of Mexico waters. The Bighead SeaRobin is the largest, most common, and the only one to inhabit lakes and estuaries, as well as nearshore waters.  Not only can these beautiful fish glide through the water with ease using their ‘wings’, but they can also use the elongated rays on their pelvic fins to ‘walk’ on the bottom while searching for the worms and small shrimp that they eat, especially in sandy seagrass habitats.”…..nwf.org

In this Gulf of Mexico Wildlife Series: SeaRobin will be the topic discussion. The SeaRobin,  a most curious looking fish, inhabits the Gulf of Mexico waters. They become more active at night in the bays and salt water estuaries surrounding the Gulf. They are protected by a natural beautifully colored armor (in most cases) and bony heads. The pectoral fins have ornate patterns on them. Unlike most other fish SeaRobins are vocal. They can produce audible sounds using the muscles attached to their bladders. This is the SeaRobins claim to fame, noted by most of the residents in the areas they inhabit. These creatures can be as large as 28″ so imagine the sound they can make.

If you would like to purchase one for your saltwater aquarium there are places online to get them. A quick google search turned up this one, you may find interesting:

To view SeaRobin site below…………..Click Here

F-2430 SEA ROBINS, Prionotus scitulus, P. tribulus. Swims along the sand bottomsBighead searobin (Prionotus tribulus) at Gulf Specimen Marine Lab and Aquarium. with its wing-like pectoral fins expanded. The modified ventral fins act like fingers, feeling the bottom for prey. Size: 6-12 cm. Each: 22.00

Winter Fishing Hotspots in Texas & Louisiana

Louisiana

If spending you’re winter months watching fishing shows and tinkering with your boat just wont do, then don’t do it! Hit the road Jack! Check out one of these incredible fishing spots to get in on some action. If you can take the weather above ground, the fish are more than happy to accommodate you below the surface. Who said you can’t fish in the winter. Remember the old cliché “Where there is a will, there is a way!” It couldn’t be more true when it comes to winter fishing for any determined angler. If you are winter fishing in Louisiana, near Venice, try a favorite local hotspot there. Just on the NW corner of Trinity Barrier Island (Lake Pelto side), offshore from the beach, resides a couple square miles of a fisherman’s paradise. Be careful getting there because the seas are normally choppy and there can be quite a lot of fog. The local charter captains call it “Horse Shoe Reef.” It is filled with a virtual smorgasbord of edible species. The entire area between Wine Island Pass and Whiskey Island, on the lakeside, is extremely productive fishing. The closest jumping off point would be Boudreaux’s Marina off Hwy 56, near Cocodrie. Two of the more popular game fish are Yellow Fin Tuna and Wahoo. They can be the most fun to catch; however, a tasty 300 lb Mako will give any angler a run for his money. The Yellow Fin average upwards of 110 pounds and the Wahoo are around 75 pounds. If you’re not in the mood for these two species, there are numerous Amberjacks, Black Fin Tuna, Mackerel, Grouper and Snapper (check seasonal restrictions).

Here are the actual coordinates for Horse Shoe Reef: Horse Shoe Reef Map Entergy Fishing Plant

Texas

There are some exciting winter fishing opportunities in the form of lakes used to supply cooling water to electrical generation plants in Texas. These 20+ unique areas furnish tremendous prospects for anglers. A Southeast Texas favorite is the Neches River Canal near the Entergy Power Plant outflow on the Bridge City side of the Rainbow Bridge (above). The unintended benefits of these areas are that the water stays warm year round, attracting fish like magnets. Some of these lakes have tournaments, so you can fish them during the week if you prefer less traffic. The warmth is usually highest at the outfall of the power plant and will get colder the further away you get. Be sure to pay attention to your boats fishfinder with its temperate readings. Also, the output and intake creates a current. It would be to your benefit to locate it. If its freshwater, Bass love hanging out on the edge of the current. The trick is to find the fish’s comfort zone; that is where they will congregate. Remember just because there is a power plant on a lake doesn’t mean it is running. Many power plants only run when the demand is greater; in Texas that is summer. In the case of the Entergy Plant above, it may also be closed during a hard freeze. Its cold out there so you may want to check before you head out.

Here are a few of the Texas lakes you may want to try this winter:

Martin Creek Lake

Lake Fairfield

Lake Welsh

Lake Bastrop

Lake Monticello

Fayette County Reservoir

Calaveras Lake

Braunig Lake

Coleto Creek Reservoir

Lake E. Walter Long

Gibbons Creek Reservoir

Lake Graham

Brandy Branch Reservoir

Squaw Creek Reservoir