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FEBRUARY 2017 FEATURED GUIDE ARTICLE

 

 

By Capt. Kevin McCoy ~ Reel McCoy Guide Service

USCG Licensed ~ TPWD Certified

Call to Book Your Trip Now:  888-948-7688

 

FEBRUARY FISHING ROCKS!!

Wow! February is already here. Where has time gone? The holidays are gone, hunting season is winding down, if not over, and who knows what the weather will hold. Overall, in my opinion, for South Texas, it has been a warm winter with at the time of this writing only one freeze reaching 24 degrees. On January 14, 2017, I had almost 72-degree water temperature. That is what we are all waiting for in April. Crazy!
 

     


What will February weather bring? Who really knows? My best guess is there will be some fronts and we will be in some type of winter fish pattern. Should that occur fish will be holding in mud and shell bottom. They will be eating almost anything you put in front of them. Any kind of live or fresh dead bait will work along with soft plastics. Depending upon the water temp top water lures might be the ticket also.

Regardless you want to make sure your boat and equipment is in working order. After sitting all winter the odds are something will need attention. Batteries, bait pumps, trailer tires and bearings should be checked. Does your motor start? Rods and reels working. Many times, after sitting up for a while some of my reels have frozen and will not release or they will cast great, but then will not reel in the line. UGH! Most importantly are your life jackets in good order? No holes, clasps working, organized and easily accessible? Are your boat plugs functioning and in the boat?



The weather is cooperating and your boat and equipment are functioning. Great! Off to the water you go and get to the boat ramp. Folks there are some things we all should do. When you arrive at the ramp before daylight please turn your headlights off in the morning. Put your park lights on. NO one uses the headlights to back up. They blind other folks that are trying to back up. You donít need them on while backing up! Also, please do not pull up the ramp and block it while unloading your gear from your vehicle to your boat. Please do that away from the ramp in the parking lot out of the way. You will make many more friends I promise. If you are at a single boat ramp proper etiquette will expedite the entire matter for everyone.

February generally is an awesome month weather permitting. Fish will be caught and many fun days will be enjoyed on the water. Be safe, catch all you can eat, and enjoy the beautiful Coastal Bend and itsí many treasures.
Until next time, Go Fishin!!!!!!!
Capt. Kevin McCoy ~ Reel McCoy Guide Service

USCG Licensed ~ TPWD Certified

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