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Fishing Tackle Unlimited Pro Staff Blogs

Pro Staff Reports from Up & Down the Texas and Louisiana Coast

Fishing Tackle Unlimited has assemble some of the best professional anglers on the Gulf Coast. All of these anglers are full-time professionals who spend most of their days on the water. From the Calcasieu River in Southwest Louisiana to the sandy shores of South Padre Island, our pros are the best of the best. Check out their reports by region. Feel free to post any questions for them on our forum.

Ernest_Cisneros_2007South Padre Island with Captain Ernest Cisneros.

Capt. Ernest Cisneros grew up fishing the Lower Laguna Madre since childhood. His vast knowledge of the area combined with his B.S. degree in Education and Biology will leave you with a greater knowledge of the diverse habitat of the Laguna Madre. In 2002, he formed the first Fishers of Men Fishing Tournament in the local area, which has gotten bigger and better every year. Capt. Ernest is committed to sharing his passion and knowledge with others. He prides hiself with a strong sense of conservation and customer satisfaction. His experience has been acquired by spending many hours and days along the Texas coast.
Port Mansfield with Captain Mike McBride and Captain Tricia.

Mike is a full-time fishing guide out of Port Mansfield, Texas and also writes for Texas Saltwater Fishing Magazine. You can reach him and Captain Tricia from Skinny Water Adventures (http://www.skinnywateradventures.com/) at 956-746-6041.

Lynn_Smith_2007Port O'Connor with Captain Lynn Smith.

Capt. Lynn Smith, a full-time professional fishing guide, owner of Back Bay Guide Service, past President of the Coastal Bend Guide Association, Port O'Connor Chapter and member of the Pathfinder-Yamaha Pro-Staff! Whether you are looking for Trout, Redfish, or Flounder Capt. Lynn enjoys wade or drift fishing with artificials, bait or fly from any of the popular fishing venues in the Texas Mid-Coast area, including Port O'Connor, Espiritu Santo Bay, West Matagorda Bay, or San Antonio Bay. 

Ron_Elkins_2007Port O'Connor with Captain Ron Elkins.

Captain Ron Elkins is a USCG licensed fishing guide.  Capt. Ron has been fishing the POC area for over 30 years and guiding in these waters since 1989.  Port O'Connor Area bays offers some of the best Speckled Trout and Red Fishing on the Texas coast.  Captain Ron specializes in wade/drift/surf fishing with artificials or bait for trout and redfish year round.

Paul_Marcaccio_2007Galveston Bay with Captain Paul Marcaccio

Captain Paul Marcaccio is a B.O.I boy. Gaining the designation of a B.O.I. is a birthright rather than an educated acquiescence. Being BORN ON THE ISLAND, Captain Paul used his close proximity to the tepid shores of the Gulf of Mexico to glean thirty years of wade fishing and drift fishing experience for redfish and trout to pass on to future and past clients.

Nice____Calcasieu Lake in Southwest Louisiana with Capt Bruce Baugh

Wadefishing for trophy class speckled trout is Capt Bruces specialty.The Charter Boat Capt started wadefishing near Grande Isle,La. at the age of ten years old. Capt Bruce is a former Troutmasters Tournament Series State Champion and Angler Of The Year and is also a former Specktacular Tournament Series Angler Of The Year as well. Capt Bruce moved to Calcasieu Lake after retiring from the Houston Fire Dept after 31 years of service to pursue his dream, the dream to guide his clients to their biggest trout of their lives. The capt has personally caught three trout over 10 pounds from Calcasieu Lake in the last several years. Capt Bruce considers Calcasieu Lake to be the best big trout fishery on the planet.

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