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FOR Environmental Education Program “Fishing the San Bernard”
Posted on Aug 6th, 2017

Photos Tom Folger folgerstudios.com
Speakers Tom Guffey and Ronnie Wingo teach the art of not thinking like a fisherman but like a fish at the Saturday FOR fishing program.
Mike Goodson, FOR President, and Tim Logan, FOR Environmental Chairman, congratulate door prize winners Bert Smith holding fishing kit, person (name unavailable) holding fishing vest, Glen Dingley holding fishing lures and Wayne Head, fishing program planner, holding a topwater fishing lure.
A packed FOR Community Center was on board Saturday morning, Aug 5th, to hear local fishermen Tom Guffey and Ronnie Wingo share their expertise. All attendees “caught their limit” of fishing tips and techniques. Of particular value and described by both anglers was the perspective of awareness to the conditions while on the water.
Tom guided the audience through a number of scenarios that have produced quality catches in San Bernard waters. He has found success by making the most of structure, tidal currents, water levels, water-color changes, bird observations and wind. And with video evidence, Tom is not likely to be telling a “fish story”.
Ronnie educated the group on how artificial lures work, how to use the lures in different situations, and if the need arises, how to make your own. Ronnie makes a lead head that can be fished on an oyster reef, and makes a modification to insure hook set on a horizontally attacking flounder. Ronnie is a great storyteller, and shared some classic on the water memories from growing up on the San Bernard.
Thanks to Tom and Ronnie for sharing your know-how that has taken you years on the water to obtain. And thank you for assuring us that the San Bernard area is a valuable and productive estuary. To quote Tom “If you don’t go, you don’t know.”
Watch for an upcoming FOR Environmental program featuring these same two fishing experts who will be demonstrating their fabled expertise in the kitchen. You’ll learn how to cook the fish you just caught. It's the “Guffey-Wingo Coastal Cooking Class on the San Bernard” with recipes, fun and great information!            
Tim Logan, FOR Environmental Chairman
Website links:
https://troutsupport.com - Educational DVD's that support coastal fisherman in finding and catching more speckled trout, redfish, and flounder. 
http://www.tides4fishing.com/us/texas/freeport - Tide tables and solunar charts for Freeport: high tides and low tides. Subtract 30 minutes from Freeport Harbor for actual time at the San Bernard mouth. Please note this link is always available at the bottom of this page, just left of the Facebook logo.
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