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JUNE 2016 FEATURED ARTICLES

FISHING TECHNOLOGY... 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.

Remember 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 offshore fishing.

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.

         
 

I’ve 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 can

 

 

 

 

 concentrate 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 fish successfully.

Give a call and let’s go make some “high-tech” memories on the water together this summer!


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The New

Flounder Giggin' Machine

is HERE!!
Capt. Stephen Mauch

Ph: 361-658-8624

Flounder Giggin' Specialist

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DON'T MISS OUT -  FREE TRIP!!

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. 

All proceeds from this event will

be going 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 water.

“While everyone else is asleep, we’re out giggin em DEEP”!!

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