by Capt Mullet
There is one word to describe this past month of May and that word is WINDY!!! 15-20 mph winds have plagued this bay system for the past month and consequently the bite has been tough. But brighter days are on the horizon and this coming up week is going to be epic. Before I was a guide it seemed like every weekend was windy and every Monday and Tuesday while I was working it was perfect. That looks like the case again this week. Starting Monday calm winds green water and hungry specks and reds are going to bust loose all over our bay system. I am expecting epic days of fishing in just a few days from now.Lots of reds on Memorial day!
The specks have left the rivers and are heading out to the open bays where very few have been able to get to them. The San Jacinto river is starting to see redfish show up along rip rap and points along the channel and that is where I have been hiding from the wind these past few weeks. Flounder have also started to migrate up in to the San Jacinto and if you can get on a big school it will seem like it is November again. Capt Robert Liebert had a party out about 2 weeks ago where he ran in to a huge school of flounder and they ended up catching 23 in a few hours on live shrimp. Talk about some good eating!!!Nice flatty!
The reefs in East Bay have been holding a lot of fish. However, getting them to eat with 30 to 40 boats on them constantly harrassing them is making it tough. Everyone fishing East bay is piled up on the reefs near the south shoreline looking for some protection from the wind and waves. Now that this wind is about to calm down it will allow everyone to spread out and things wont be so claustrophobic. Beautiful trout
The brown shrimp have finally made their arrival and have caused sporadic bird activity in their usual areas from San Luis Pass all the way to Rollover Pass. The few groups I have come across have been tough to fish. They would break up quickly not allowing us to get on a good "bird" bite just yet. Shutting the motor down up wind and drifting or trolling in from 100 yards is best. Also 2 boats on 1 set of birds just doesnt work well. Typically that is the quickest way to break up the school and both boats lose out. If someone is on a set of birds just let them have it. If there is one set of birds then most likely another set isnt too far off so let the other guy have his set and you will get the next one. trust me you will catch much more by this method. The big uglies never stop!
The croakers soakers are in their full glory now that the croaker bite has begun. Most of the croaker guides have now switched over but the live shrimp bite is still going strong and will continue to be strong thru the month of June. Artificial baits have been tough in this wind but we are still catching a few on plastics. Glo or limetreuse on 1/4 oz short shank jigheads has worked best even in dirtier water. I have been throwing topwaters a lot to see if I can find a few that way but not too many takers so far. I expect that to change this coming week.Big trout in tough conditions!
I had a very special guest on my boat on Memorial day. I had the honor and privilege to take fishing a member of the "greatest generation". A world War II pacific theater veteran that was incredibly vibrant and in great shape for 90 years old. I was amazed at how many things he taught me about the area we fished and its history. What an amazing man and I want to take this time to wish him well and to wish all the veterans who have served our country. Our warriors and veterans are the ones that make this country free and allow us to live the life we do. Happy memorial day to all of them!!What an amazing man!