by Capt Mullet
The fishing continues to be excellent!!! I have seen a few reports in the paper and other publications saying that fishing is fair at best. I am not sure where they are fishing but that isn't the case where I am at. Live shrimp under a popping cork continues to be the best bet for catching lots of fish. I keep seeing guys at the boat launch with 2 foot leaders and noticing they aren't catching much. They must not be reading my articles about LONG LEADERS. 4 ft leaders or longer with a 1/8th oz. weight by the hook is what is working best for me. They are tough to cast but those fish are holding on the bottom and do not want to come up very far to feed.
The San Jacinto and Trinity rivers seem to be the hottest areas in the complex. Fishing deep water up in the bayous and canals of the Trinity have been producing lots of trout and redfish. The reports from over there have seen the best bite in the 6 to 15 ft range using 3/8th oz jigs and I keep hearing that the Red Killer from TTF has been the bait to use.
The usual areas up in the San Jacinto river like Tabbs Bay, Burnett Bay, Scotts Bay and San Jacinto Bay have been producing reds, trout sheepshead and some really big black drum. The artificial bite was going strong up there until about Christmas and then it turned tough using artificials for some reason. keying in on pipelines and areas of scattered shell in the 4 to 8 ft depth has been producing lots of fish.
This 3 to 5 inches of rain may slow fishing down for a day or 2 but I expect fishing to be great again by this weekend.