Fisherman’s DIY project is set to promote fishing at Lake Corpus Christi

Posted at 5:08 PM, Jun 28, 2019
and last updated 2019-06-28 19:02:55-04

Most of the fishing we see in this part of Texas is done near the gulf.

“Bass fishing down here does get a little bit left behind because of salt water of course,” said fisherman James Ray.

That’s why Ray created a local bass fishing group called Coastal Bend Bassin’. The group promotes freshwater fishing out in Lake Corpus Christi and Choke Canyon Reservoir.

“After doing some research we found out that since 2014 over a million bass fingerlings have been released in Lake Corpus Christi,” said Ray.

Their goal this summer is to build and sink 100 fish habitats made of 5-gallon buckets.

“With a lid then drill holes in them, run 18 inches of tubing through the holes and after you do that you pour concrete in the bottom of the bucket about 2-3 inches to help it sink and stay in place,” said Ray.

He says over time the buckets will naturally grow moss and algae and attract fish to locations fisherman know they will be. And ultimately, encourage more fishing at the lake.

“Get the GPS coordinates and send them over to the island fishery guys so that they can actually put them up on the Lake Corpus Christi website,” said Ray.

Each habitat costs about $15 to make. Ray says he plans on sinking 100 of these but in order for the project to be a success he says he’ll need help from the community in buying material and building the habitats.

“If anybody is wanting to participate in any way they can contact me,” said Ray.

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