Wade Fishing along the Texas Coast

If you’re camping anywhere along the Texas coast this Labor Day weekend, you may be interested in trying a little wade fishing.

I found this helpful video from Texas Parks and Wildlife, which explores some popular fishing spots, and I talked to my photographer buddy, Mike Sloat, who owns Texas and Southwest Outdoor Photography, for a few tips.

Surf fishing photo

Surf fishing on Mustang Beach. Photo copyright Micheal Sloat.

“When I was around 8 years old, my Dad took me wade fishing and surf fishing along the coast,” said Mike. “We used to fish the flats of Keller’s Bay, Red Fish lake, Swan Lake, Carancahua Bay and Menefee Lake.” Like many anglers, Mike and his dad always wore blue jeans and tennis shoes, but with the water quality somewhat iffy these days, a good pair of waders can be a good idea.

And when they caught a keeper, Mike added it to his long stringer, which he clipped to his belt and pulled behind him.  It’s not common for sharks to come and feed from your stringer, but it’s not unheard of, either. The further away from you the fish on the stringer are, the better.

You’ll also want to learn the “stingray shuffle.” “Be sure to slide your feet along the bottom to bump stringrays,” Mike added. “It’s hard to enjoy a holiday weekend with a stingray barb in your leg.”

Kayak photo

Sometimes a kayak can get you to that perfect fishing spot. If you’re taking pictures, be aware that the reflections off the water can fool your camera into thinking the scene is much brighter than it really is. Photo copyright Micheal Sloat.

I asked Mike about tips for photography in and around the water. “I recommend a waterproof camera, or at least a water tight housing,” he said. “You can get away without one for a short time, but if you’re using a expensive camera, one day it’ll happen: there’ll be a large wave, you’ll step off in a hole, or you’ll just drop it.”

When you’re taking pictures, also be aware that water reflects a tremendous amount of light. Double check your settings and be sure your camera is properly metering on your subject. Then, play with reflections on the water, try for that perfect sunset shot, or freeze the action as your kids splash in the water and chase away every fish in the vicinity.

Holiday camp outs and fishing trips are about family fun! When you take your travel trailer to the coast, even when you leave the water without a fish, those photos and memories  last a lifetime!

Care to share your fish stories??? And, if you take photos this weekend, be sure to send us one!

~ G. Elaine Acker

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