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Chasing Triangle Tailchasers with Chad Lyden

Posted on Monday, 03/31/14 10:07 am by cnull
It's finally that time of year again, time to chase redfish in the marsh. So that's what we did, me and my partner David Roberts hit the marsh around Sabine lake on Saturday looking for some redfish. We were fishing the Triangle Tailchasers tournament and hadn't been in the marsh for months, so we just gambled on a spot we know holds fish. Hit the water around 6 A.M. and made the paddle back into the marsh to find plenty of bait in the water and an out going tide with a little bit of WNW wind. We started out throwing topwaters and I had a redfish hit a Bomber Badonka Donk ...

Chad Lyden: Sabine Lake Trout Tournament

Posted on Tuesday, 03/25/14 9:39 am by cnull
Well i haven't posted very many fishing reports this year but I hoping that's all about to change. My partner David Roberts and I hit the water of Sabine Lake at 6 A.M. on a Sunday morning for a speckled trout tournament. We weren't feeling all that confident about this tournament because neither of us had really seen a trout hit the kayak in weeks but hey we were going to give it hell anyways. So we leave the launch and paddle straight for the spot we intend to start fishing at and there is plenty of bait in the water so that is a plus and things are already ...

Lots of Wind and Even More Buffalo

Posted on Thursday, 03/20/14 1:09 pm by cnull
Wednesday, 3-12-14 I had a chance to fish with a former wrestler of mine. It’s been a while since he was on the team. As matter of fact, It’s been a while since he graduated from high school as he is now a dentist and often  to busy to hang out. However, he had a free day over spring break. The weather forecast was rough with 30 plus mph winds. He has limited days to fish and this was his only free day so we decided to “suck it up” and look for a place to fish I thought would be sheltered from the wind. We hit the Lake Livingston Dam.  We arrived late in the morning and people were ...

Fishing in Lake Fayett with Todd Hart

Posted on Wednesday, 03/12/14 4:01 pm by cnull
After a good trip two days prior, I decided to return to Lake Fayette. It is roughly 80 west of Houston. It is a short drive I can easily make from Katy, Texas. I like to launch on the north side of the lake in Oak Thicket Park. The weather had been cold for two days and it must have sent the fish into hiding. They made me work much harder to land the fish I need for the Kayakwar’s online fishing tournament. I still managed to land a few. I found these fish in roughly the same spot as the trip two days earlier. The first bass was a bit short. I did manage to land two fish large enough ...

You can never have too many trout

Posted on Tuesday, 01/07/14 12:08 pm by cnull
I decided to sign up for a fun online tournament hosted on 321fish.com. The tournament was setup for Texaskayakfisherman.com members. The tournament runs from Dec 1st – Jan 15th. This is a busy time of year for me with teaching, coaching and the Houston Boat show all coming up. I decided to use the few days I have available and apply them towards the tournament. I met up with a few friends at an undisclosed bay system along the mid-Texas coast that usually puts out some hefty trout. We launched shortly after sun rise and made our way out to the desired reef. As usual we were searching for ...

New Year Fishing Trip

Posted on Monday, 01/06/14 9:37 am by cnull
I hope everybody had a Happy New Year. I started my new year off doing something a little different. If you have read any of my past reports then you know how much I love chasing redfish in the marsh but on 1-1-2014 I was chasing trout on the flats of Sabine Lake. I get a call from my friend and fishing partner David Roberts of team Lamar University, telling me that he has found some flats on Sabine holding plenty of quality size trout and we decide to meet up and see if we can't pull some more in. We met at an undisclosed spot around 8 AM got unloaded and hit the water for a short ...

12-14-13 with Todd Hart

Posted on Friday, 12/27/13 10:24 am by cnull
Sunday afternoon (12/14/13) we packed up and pointed the truck towards Keith Lake.  This area is one of my favorite places when trying to hide from a north wind. When first arriving I worked a top water over some shallow shell. This area has produced well recently, but not today. No fish were even slightly interested. I worked my way out into some deeper water and still had no luck. I explored for a while.  I saw some birds working in the distance and high tailed it general direction. The birds kept moving away. And all they left behind was one small blow up. After a while ...
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Reunited with The Water from Chad Lyden

Posted on Monday, 12/23/13 11:57 am by cnull
Well I finally made it back out on the water for the first time in awhile. I hit the the launch at TX bayou there south of Sabine Pass at about 6:30, the wind was calm and tide was going out so and I had a few little short rain showers blow through. With the tide falling I concentrated on the drains coming out of the marsh as I worked my way down the bayou. I stayed in the main bayou heading down stopping to fish all the drains, I was throwing a Chicken on a Chain Bass Assasin on 1/8oz Yellow Mouth jig head and a white Buggs bonefish jig. I caught several reds, both ...
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Texas BTB 11/9

Posted on Friday, 11/22/13 12:31 pm by cnull
Saturday (11/9/13) I decided to make a trip to McFaddin beach.  The forecast called for 2′ waves. The wind was supposed to 10 mph or less. It sounded like a very doable day to break through the surf and chase some big reds. I awoke early with every intention of hitting the water as the sun came up. Unfortunately, I woke up to a nasty migraine.  I hit snooze a few times and waited for some medicine to kick in. I finally decided to load up on coffee and make the trip. By the time, I arrived at the Seapony Bait Shop in Winnie, TX my headache began  to go away. Rick the ...

Oct. 27: Matagorda Morning Slam

Posted on Wednesday, 11/06/13 10:16 am by cnull
The forecast called for rain and wind.  I decided to fish early in case the weather got bad and forced me off of the water. I launched at approximately 5AM. The sun was not scheduled to rise until 7:00. The first hour was hot and humid. The mosquitos were thick. The fish would not cooperate. The second hour was a steady down pour. It was a wall of rain drops. The next couple hours were prefect conditions. The first fish did not bite until after the rains. It was a nice 20″ trout that nailed my top water plug with the speed of a torpedo. He fought briefly and around 7:30AM I ...

Schooling Trout

Posted on Monday, 10/28/13 11:11 am by cnull
Saturday evening (10-26-13), I packed up my yak and my small camper trailer and headed for the coast.  My wife gave me the OK to fish both Saturday evening and early Sunday morning. Her orders were to be home Sunday afternoon so off I went. “Gotta keep momma happy.” I meet up with my fellow “Anglers Elite” team member, Grant, at approx. 3:30 pm. He had already scored a 20″ trout. The wind was strong and the first few hours were a struggle for me. I landed only a couple of small schooling trout. Kayakwar’s points only count when trout equal 20″ or greater. These small ...

Evening Fishing in Matagorda

Posted on Thursday, 10/24/13 10:25 am by cnull
I hit the water around 4 pm. Other kayakers were calling it quits. I was excited to just be beginning. I was anxious to try my luck with top water plugs right at sunset. Within minutes I hooked a nice flounder. He bit on a pearl and chartreuse Category 5 Shrimp minnow. A few minutes later I found a school of hungry trout. They were all barely legal. After landing a few I decided to move on in search of bigger prey. They too, bit on the Shrimp Minnow. I spent some time searching for flounder. I was not successful. I saw some reds, however my Kayakwar’s team had ...

Todd and Todd in McFaddin Beach

Posted on Tuesday, 10/15/13 10:09 am by cnull
Sunday, 10/13/13, I met up with Todd Schaeffer from Fishing Tackle Unlimited. He is in the kayak sales and service department at the I-45 and Beltway 8 store found in Southern Houston. If you need help with a kayak, he’s your man. We met on McFaddin Beach around 8:30 AM. We unloaded our equipment and within a short time we pedaled out beyond the breaking surf. Todd normally fishes out of a Jackson Cuda and I talked him into trying out my wife’s Hobie Outback. We each made it through the surf pretty easily. We first stopped and fished in about 11-12′ of water. We had a few ...

Trout, Trout and more Trout

Posted on Tuesday, 10/08/13 12:17 pm by cnull
Saturday (10/5/13)  I met some of my “Anger’s Elite” team members for a day of fishing in Matagorda Bay. I arrived shortly after sun rise. My friends headed for the marsh in search of flounder and reds. I chose to head out to some deeper reefs in search of trout. On my out to the water, I saw a tailing red. A couple of casts later I caught this little guy. I started with a top water lure, but with little to no wind the trout didn’t seem interested. I switched to a Vudu Shrimp and that seemed to be the ticket.  I caught a number of trout ranging from 16″ to 20.5″. ...
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Ending to a Fun Tournament Season

Posted on Tuesday, 10/08/13 9:56 am by cnull
Well I made it to my all time favorite marsh, down by Sabine Lake, yet again this weekend for some redfish chasing. Luckily we are in the split for duck season so I was able to hit some of my favorite marsh in search of redfish, without being shot for scaring ducks. Thank god! I hit the water Friday morning to do some searching for a tournament I was participating in that next morning. I wasn't looking to catch a bunch of fish, just wanted to see if there were any to be had. Once I hit the water at about 6:30 a.m., I made the paddle back into the marsh, which would be at an abnormally high ...
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Battling Through Rough Waters and Stormy Weather

Posted on Friday, 10/04/13 12:11 pm by cnull
A new month arrived, giving me the chance to score “Kayakwars” points once again for red fish. I had a day off from work and hit the surf on October 1st. My destination was McFaddin Beach. I stopped at the Seapony Bait & Tackle shop to pick up some supplies and bait. This time of year you can only purchase mullet under 12″ in length. The sky was looking a bit stormy so I hung out at the Seapony for a bit. Rick, the owner made me some leaders while I waited. I finally hit the road and made my way to the beach. I was forced to wait another 45 minutes or so for the storm to pass. ...

Mr. & Mrs. Todd Hart Winning Big at Yak Attach Tournament

Posted on Wednesday, 10/02/13 11:14 am by cnull
This is the 2nd time I have fished in the Yak Attack tournament hosted in Rockport, TX. It is a very fun event designed to be a good time for all. I decided to take my wife to the event this season, as it offers a variety of opportunities and fun prizes. Unlike most tournaments, since this is a fundraising event, live bait is permitted. My wife and I left our home around 3:30 pm Friday and drove to the check in. We pulled in at approximately 6:30pm, just in time to eat and be part of the pre-tournament drawings. The food was good and fun was had by all. We decided to camp at the ...

Eventful Weekend for Chad Lyden

Posted on Monday, 09/30/13 12:40 pm by cnull
What an awesome weekend spent paddling around the marsh of South East TX. So I hit the water Friday in search of some tournament fish for an upcoming Lone Star Kayak Series tournament but all I managed to find was high water, east winds and three little redfish that were extremely hungry for my Gulp! Shrimp, hanging under a popping cork. Saturday was one of the best days I've had on the water in a really long time. I had the honor of being invited by Joe Winston with Heroes On The Water to help out with a group of our military veterans he was bringing from Houston to fish some backwater ...

Bad Weather Can't Stop Todd Hart

Posted on Thursday, 09/26/13 10:17 am by cnull
The forecast last weekend (9/21/13) called for thunderstorms with high winds, especially along the gulf coast. I still wanted to fish. The bad forecast would not force me to hide under the covers. I woke up early and headed for Lake Fayette. I would target some bass. I launched and hit my normal places. My first few stops were a bust, with not so much as a bite. I continued searching and switched to a dark-colored popper (top-water lure). After a couple of hours I found a patch of cattails that seemed to be hiding some bass. I casted the popper and worked it back to the kayak. I ...

Late Afternoons with Todd Hart

Posted on Monday, 09/16/13 11:50 am by cnull
I find myself in a mild dilemma. My “Kayakwars.com” team, “Angler’s Elite” is in 1st place for the S.E. Region of the United States. On the very first day of the month we reached our quota of 50 redfish per month. This is causing us to broaden our fishing strategy.  We are forced to fish for different species and in new locations. Wednesday, I left work at 3:20pm and headed for Lake Fayette to target some bass. I launched at approximately 5:00pm. The weather was warm and the water was warmer. The bass were hard to come by. I did manage to land three, all of which were caught on a Cotton ...

Sept. 13 - Chad Lyden

Posted on Monday, 09/16/13 11:17 am by cnull
Well teal season starts tomorrow so I decided to get a jump on all the crazies and go fishing this morning. I hit the marsh around Sabine Pass for some fishing. I wanted to explore a new area of the marsh that I had never been in. I launched shortly after sunrise into what would be higher than normal water levels, which seems to be the norm this year. I pushed off and got on my way into searching some new marsh. I fished my way down along a bayou, winding through marsh and then back to some ponds. There I found plenty of lower slot redfish that were eager to eat a white 3" Gulp! shrimp ...

Sunday Morning with Chad Lyden

Posted on Tuesday, 09/03/13 11:46 am by cnull
So I decided to hit the marsh this morning and see if I could find some redfish for dinner and/or possibly some flounder. I hit the water at daylight and made my way into the marsh to find the water higher than normal. The wind was blowing out of the west. I didn't figure to have much luck with the water level being up like that but I ended up finding a bunch of fish that were hungry for Topwaters. I started out by throwing a Bone Silver Super Spook Jr. When the wind picked up a little more I switched to a Redfish colored Skitterwalk. As the morning passed, the Topwater bite turned off so I ...

Chasing Pelicans with Todd Hart

Posted on Tuesday, 08/27/13 10:00 am by cnull
Saturday morning (8-25-13) I fished with a couple of buddies in Matagorda Bay. We launched right at sun up, approximately 6:00AM. The tide was very high. It was probably the highest I have seen it all year. I drifted slowly, working my way to our location. I was casting my favorite top-water lure, a pink Skitterwalk. The fish had no interest in my bait. My two buddies both stopped and fished a reef we often visit. One of the them landed a nice 24″ trout and other caught a nice flounder. I worked my way around the marsh and approached the reef from the far side. I still had no ...

Father-Son Bonding with Todd Hart

Posted on Monday, 08/19/13 4:58 pm by cnull
Let me start with a quick apology.  I took a week off from fishing for a well deserved anniversary trip with my wife.  We spent the week in Cozumel. It was a fun time with much relaxation. I came back to Texas recharged and ready to fish. I got off the plane, raced home and readied my equipment for a morning run to East Matagorda Bay. My son is getting ready to go back to college so I wanted to get him out on the water for a father/son outing. I bought my boy a quart of shrimp on the way. We arrived at the launch site just before sun rise. My good friend, Grant, was ...

Chad Lyden: Lone Star Kayak Series Cont.

Posted on Monday, 08/19/13 3:08 pm by cnull
Oh man the redfish action in the marsh is on fire right now and the reds are getting fat on shad. I fished on some of my favorite marsh Friday (8/16/13) looking for some redfish for a kayak tournament. The weather was perfect and the water level was right where I like it. I spent a lot of time paddling and looking verses casting and catching but I did manage a few solid 7 & 8 lbs fish on a Super Spook Jr so I knew I had my tournament spot picked out. I found fish feeding on schools of small shad and chasing small shrimp along the grass lines so I knew I needed to scale down my baits. ...
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