Arroyo Colorado

May 13, 2014

Hello Arroyo Partners:

Two late season cold fronts made it all the way down to the RGV over the last week.  The first one blew through late Friday evening and produced between ¾ -1 ½ inches of rain.  The second one came through this morning and again triggered between 1 ½ -2 inches of rain with more rain predicted throughout the day and into tomorrow.  This front was part of larger system that was wreaking havoc from South Texas through the Heartland and up the Northeast.  I sure am happy we got some rain but feel for our neighbors enduring violent and devastating tornadoes and flooding. 

I want to make a correction about one the workgroup meetings, there will not, I repeat, will not be a Agricultural Issues Workgroup meeting next week.  The next Agricultural Workgroup meeting will not be held until October.  I apologize for this mistake.

I want to remind everyone that the ACWP will be holding two of their Work Group meetings in May.

The Arroyo Colorado Habitat Workgroup meeting will be held on May 22, from 2-4 pm at the Estero Llano Grande World Birding Center located at 3301 S. FM 1015.  

The Arroyo Colorado Watershed Partnership will be hosting an Arroyo Colorado Steering Committee meeting on May 22, from 5-7 pm.  Food and refreshments will be served from 4:30-5:00 pm.  The meeting will be held at The Estero Llano Grande World Birding Center located at 3301 S. FM 1015. 

The focus of both meetings will be on reviewing the draft of the Update to the ACWPP.  Both meetings will be “hands on”, “working” meetings where we will do through the draft of the Update as a group.  We need you, our Arroyo Partners and stakeholders to review the draft and provide us with your opinions, comments and suggestions.  We will use your stakeholder input to help guide and develop the update to ensure that we produce a sound, watershed based plan that will ultimately result in improved water quality for the Arroyo Colorado and Lower Laguna Madre.  I hope to see y’all there.

Last week, I picked up my first custom made rod from Full Stinger Rods.  The rod was an early birthday present from wife.  The rod is a 7’6”, medium-heavy action rod with a color scheme designed to look like a Redfish.  It came out so nice that the rod builder named it the “Redfish Rod”.  I matched the rod with a 2500 Shimano Stradic.  I had the new rod and reel and was “chomping at the bit” to be able to go out and try it to see if it worked.  I got my chance on Saturday when I went out with Captain Jorge Flores.  We launched from SPI and headed north in search of some “reds”.  We set up on a drift and started fishing.  After about an hour, Jorge landed a nice 23” red and declared, “we are in them, get ready”.  Sure enough, a couple of casts later, I got a nice bite, set the hook and “Fish On”!  It was a red and as it got closer to the boat, I realized that it had multiple spots!  The rod and reel combo worked perfectly and I landed the fish after a short but intense fight.  It was a beautiful 24” Redfish with 14 spots, 6 on one side and 8 on the other.  This is the first multi-spot red that I had caught in over 3 years and had the most spots of any red that I had ever caught.  I caught another 2 Reds a short time later to “limit out” for the day.  The Redfish Rod lived up to it’s name and as far as I am concerned has it’s own magic.  I can’t wait to use it again.

Looking ahead,
Jaime Flores, P.G.