Capt. Craig runs Galvestoninshore fishing Guide Service. He has been fishing Galveston Bay complex for 19 years. Out of his 24ft Lake and Bay boat, Capt. Craig caters to all levels of experience to make sure the best time is had by all.
You have to work hard if you want to catch fish right now. Thankfully the redfish and other species are cooperating fully on windy days and after the fronts to keep fishing fun and exciting while we deal with the erratic weather patterns. These abnormal conditions have plagued the entire Galveston bay system with dirty water, lower than normal water temperatures and this is making it tougher to locate and stay on feeding fish for most anglers.
Doubled up on some bruisers!
Cold fronts coming thru in mid-May and temperatures down in to the 40's at night is unheard of for Southeast Texas during this time of year. Water temperatures have been hovering in the 60's for 2 months now and just barely reaching the low 70's. But the end of this crazy weather is near and more stable weather patterns are on the way. The heat and humidity is about to return and along with it a southeast wind and an excellent forecast for fishing.
We can look forward to much improved and possibly the best fishing of the year as soon as that wind dies and that water becomes trout green again. Typically, the winds die down around the last week of May and that is when every fish in the bay goes on a feeding frenzy. Open bay areas such as the oyster reefs in East Bay and clam reefs in Trinity Bay along with the well pads located around the ship channel will be great areas to locate feeding speckled trout and redfish. The jetty system and the Texas City Dike area will also turn on with the change in to a summer weather pattern.
Courtney is jealous!
Until this water cleans up the live bait crowd is going to be at an advantage. Plenty of live bait guides have begun soaking croakers already but live shrimp is still just as good at this point in the season. A Midcoast Evolution cork is my go to set up for live shrimp. Leader length depends on the depth you are fishing. Keeping your bait suspended just above the bottom is your best bet. Artificials will be king once we get the right conditions here in the next few weeks. Limetreuse and glo will be excellent colors for trout green waters while pumpkinseed(brown) or morning glory(black) will work better in highly stained waters.
Excellent young fishermen
The black drum continue to be located all over shallow flats over areas of heavy shell. They range in size from 1 lb to 40 lbs and we are catching the big ones on a daily basis alongside redfish and a few speckled trout. Shallower flats with heavy shell in the 3-4 ft range seem to offer up the best opportunities for anglers. Gafftopsail catfish have been sporadic and thankfully we have not caught too many of them on the north side of the bay but they are hanging around the southern portion of our bay system and in large numbers.
Look for the birds to start working in areas from lower West bay all the way to the east end of East Bay. Brown shrimp have been trickling in slowly and will continue to do so as our water temperatures rise. Afternoons usually produce the best bird activity this time of year and hopefully the bird activity picks up very soon and offers everyone some crazy and fun filled action.
Summer vacation for the youngsters is almost here so don't forget the future of our sport are those young kids we introduce to the outdoors. Take a kid fishing today!!!