THEN AND NOW
By Capt. Frank Houser
USCG Licensed Captain
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Back when I was growing up, used to be that you had to know a whole
lot of stuff! Not only did you have to learn what fish bite
what baits, you had to learn your landmarks and know how to use a
compass to find your way around the bay systems of the Texas Gulf
Coast. Intracoastal markers, islands, channels, reefs and
shorelines…even the sun and stars where your guideposts. Times have
certainly changed and the technology in the industry of boating and
fishing has come a long, long way since those days of old.
back in the '70s when kids used to use the old Zebco reels? They
were those closed-faced reels many of us used as kids? Hey, what can
I say – they worked well, they were inexpensive and that’s was
pretty much your only choice – at least for the amateur fishing
enthusiasts – young and old alike. But when the 1980’s came along,
there was an explosion of new technology for rods, reels, lures – it
was like a revolution in the sport of fishing – for bay as well as
You name it –
they were working on it!
“Fiberglass rods and baitcaster reels” became all the rage…but with
the good came a little bit of bad of course. Welcome to the new age
of the nasty and
frustrating, and regular occurrence of a thing called “backlash.”
Talk about needing some patience – whoa. Most wouldn’t want to go
back to that to be sure! But we all put-up with it because there
were other benefits with the new rods and reels that far outweighed
the old Zebco era ones. It was at this time also, that lures were
introduced, new types of materials being used for them as well as
hooks and filament line. Remember the old “Mirro Lures” brand? They
were just one of the leaders of the “new fishing technology”
introduced at that time.
From the mid-80s to the present, technology has been continuously
introducing us to new materials, new products, a new way of doing it
all. From compass to GPS, from plastic to fiberglass –graphite, from
spinning reels to full-proof bait casters (the kind you can even
throw into the wind with no rats nest!!) I can even recall having to
learn to use some of the new technological advances for fishing
equipment using the old “trial and error” method.
found the perfect fit for myself and my customers and I regularly
use as well as recommend the following: Shimano and Lew’s
baitcasters and Penn spinning reels used with Falcon rods. Those are
my tickets to successful equipment on the water. No one wants to
have to mess with “technical difficulties” when you’ve got customers
that really don’t know much about fishing. They are relying on me to
provide them with the best fishing equipment possible so that they
on catching the fish easily and having fun while doing so! When you
hire me as your fishing guide, you’ll benefit from years of
experience and have confidence in the knowing that you’re going to
have the best of the best products and equipment to help you catch
Give a call and let’s go make some “high-tech” memories on the water
together this summer!
CURRENT FISHING REPORT NOW...
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Flounder Giggin' Machine
Flounder Giggin' Specialist
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I'm going to be giving away
a FREE GIGGIN TRIP for (2 people) aboard my brand new boat in
the very near future (once the boat is completed!)
I will be hosting an event to sell Straight to The Point Guide
Service logo'd T-shirts, Koozies™,
caps, and decals.
proceeds from this event will
towards the Disabled Veterans of America. During the event we
will also be selling BBQ plates and drinks as well!
In order to WIN the FREE
GIGGIN' TRIP you will need to drop your name into the box & be
present at this event. At the end of the event we will draw
the WINNER!! Stay
tuned for the date of this event!
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The new flounder boat is currently in the
process of getting all of the racks fabricated and welded onto the
boat. The racks consist of a front rack, rear rack, and an
UNDERWATER light rack. The boat is a 2016 Custom 20' by 80" wide
Alweld with a tunnel and 2' sponsors for a total of 22', and was
rigged by Kresta’s Boats & Motors.
The boat is very well engineered and this
makes for a very comfortable and dry ride!! The boat is equipped
with a 2016 Evinrude E-Tec 115hp outboard with a 4 blade stainless
steel prop and a 26hp Honda air motor. The air motor is used to get
the boat into that super shallow water where the flounder hide. The
trailer is a 2016 dual axle Custom all aluminum 5th Lakes trailer
made one at a time in Edna, Texas by Kresta's Boats & Motors as
well. This new boat will easily accommodate 5 people comfortably and
safely. I can’t begin to tell y'all how excited I am to get to
finally unveil this AWESOME new boat to all of my customers!!
NOTE: THE BOAT IS IN FINAL
STAGE OF FABRICATION.
IT'S GOING TO BE ONE AWESOME
BOAT WHEN DONE!!!
With Summertime right around the corner and the flounder giggin
action heating up, I can’t think of a more perfect time for you to
plan your trip with Straight to The Point Guide Service. We have had
a lot of fun this year with easy limits of flounder, drum, and
sheepshead flying into the ice chest!! It doesn’t matter if you are
a 1st timer or a seasoned vet, you will catch on very quickly and
have a great time. It’s fun for all ages, so don’t hesitate to bring
your young ones as well. I strive to not only to guide you and your
family to the fish, but I will also teach you techniques that you
will be able to use for a lifetime.
The weather lately has been kind of crazy. We
have had some late cold fronts and extra high tides that are normal
this time of year, but that will all change very soon!! I predict
that by the middle of June, or early July the tides will start going
out hard and this will cause a big influx of great flounder giggin
nights. Also, when this occurs every year we also get some SUPER
CALM nights that are absolutely perfect for giggin flounder. Picture
this, you and your family on a brand new 2016 flounder giggin
machine heading out at sunset to go gig some delicious flounder. Not
only are flounder the best eating fish, they are a lot of fun to
find. There is nothing better to see than that flounder hiding under
the sand and then giggin it and seeing it going into the ice chest.
It’s something that you have to see 1st hand!! Not only will you see
flounder, but you will see all types of aquatic life. We see trout,
redfish, drum, sheepshead, stingrays, mullet, crabs, and sometimes
an occasional shark as well as many other species of fish!! Once you
go on a giggin trip with Straight to The Point Guide Service you
will we want to do it over and over again!!
In conclusion I would like to take a minute to thank each and every
one of my customers. Y'all are the reason I love what I do. I truly
enjoy teaching people how to not only gig the flounder, but how to
read the water and find the fish. It is something that my dad taught
me many years ago and to this day I still love doing. So this Summer
come out with Straight to The Point Guide Service and make some
memories that will last FOREVER!! Until then, I will see you on the
else is asleep, we’re out giggin em DEEP”!!
MY CURRENT FISHING REPORT