October 23, 2022

Cinnamon Teal

Cinnamon teal males have a red eye, long dark-colored bill, and vivid brown-orange plumage. They also feature a brown back and white underwing. Female, immature, and nonbreeding male are mostly rich brownish overall. All adults have a sky-blue patch on thier open wings, similar to other teal and shovelers.

These birds are among the least abundant dabbling ducks in North America with breeding populations estimated at 100,000 to 300,000. While many of the waterfowl species can be found anywhere, these ducks are confined only to the central and western fly ways.

October 22, 2022

In Texas, it is estimated that about a quarter of the 80,000 waterfowl hunters participate in the early teal season. While several other duck species have struggled due to drought and habitat loss, blue wing teal have been bolstering their numbers. This year teal numbers are 27% above the long-term average.

The Different Species of Teal in Texas and How to Tell Them Apart

Cinnamon Teal

Cinnamon teal males have a red eye, long dark-colored bill, and vivid brown-orange plumage. They also feature a brown back and white underwing. Female, immature, and non-breeding male are mostly rich, brownish overall. All adults have sky-blue patch in open wing, similar to other teal and shovelers.

October 21, 2022

Essential Duck Hunting Gear List

When you first begin waterfowl hunting, it’s very overwhelming. You have to learn how to think like a duck, make a good hide, call, set up the decoys, and know what gear you need, plus many other details that matter.

While I can’t solve every duck hunting issue for you, I can give you a list of gear you’ll need on your first or 1000th hunt so you won’t waste your money on equipment you’ll never use.

October 19, 2022

Species of Texas Geese

As is the case with most types of bird hunting, identifying birds in the air is crucial to staying on the right side of the law. If you’re new to goose hunting or have trouble identifying birds in the air, hiring a guide is the best course of action. In general, geese are larger than ducks and often fly in large flocks of 20 to over 100. Six species of geese can be found in Texas but they are divided into two regulatory groups. Texas Parks and Wildlife defines these groups as light geese and dark geese. Light geese include snow geese, blue geese, and Ross’s geese and Dark geese consist of Canada geese, white-fronted geese (specklebellies), and Brant.

October 17, 2022

Fishing Spots Near Rockport

Rockport is surrounded on three sides by water. Some of the main areas that you may be fishing when visiting Rockport-Fulton include:

1). Aransas Bay

2). Mud Island

3). San Jose Island

4). Estes Flats

5). Goose Island

6). Saint Charles Bay

7). Copano Bay

8). Carlos Bay

9). Mesquite Bay

10). Cedar Bayou

Aransas Bay, Mud Island, San Jose Island, and Estes Flat

Aransas Bay is the main body of water on the south side of the Rockport-Fulton area. Aransas Bay contains a few large reefs plus some spoil areas that line the Intercoastal Waterway, which runs through the middle of the bay. These deeper water spoils and reef areas are popular fishing spots for anglers targeting speckled trout during the heat of summer. At other times of the year, fishermen can find fish along the miles of shoreline at the edges of Aransas Bay.

October 17, 2022

What is a Flounder?

Flounder are an extraordinarily unique species of flatfish also know as demersal fish which live at or near the bottom of the ocean. The four fish species that are commonly called flounder are gulf flounder, southern flounder, summer flounder(fluke), and winter flounder. Only the southern flounder and gulf flounder live in Texas but these fish can be found throughout the Atlantic Coast. Flounder have a round body with round fins and both eyes usually on the left side of its body. The color of flounder can change to help them blend in with the bottom and ambush their prey.

October 17, 2022

Flounder Spawning Migration

In the fall flounder migrate from coastal and intercoastal waters to the Gulf to spawn. Males typically head for deeper water when temperatures begin to drop. A severe cold front will cause a mass migration resulting in large catches. However, a moderate winter will spread out the migration over the course of several days or weeks.

Flounder reach maturity when they are 2 years old at which point they will take part in the offshore migration. Mature flounder search for offshore waters between 100 and 200 feet deep to spawn. Young flounder that do not migrate to the Gulf, spend the winter in deep holes and channels. Studies have found during the time between spawns flounder only move a short distance. Typically after the spawn, flounder return to the same bay.

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