by Capt Craig Lambert
As we approach April and our typical springtime patterns the winds will increase. 15-20 mph winds most likely will be the norm for the next 6-8 weeks. Those strong winds can really work to your advantage. Redfish and trout will get themselves in to an aggressive bite as the leeward shoreline creates deflection and turbulence from the waves. The prey they are after becomes an easy meal in this washing machine effect in which smaller finfish can not navigate very well. This same effect can occur on semi protected shallow flats in strong winds. So don't stay home and think the fish do not bite on windy days. They do!! The Slam!!
Spring is coming so it is time to get ready for another fishing season. That means updating tackle, breaking down and respooling reels, stocking up on glo and chartreuse colors for plastics, purchasing more Midcoast corks and of course a few topwaters. Water temperatures lately have been hovering in the 60's and this has put our fish in to that aggressive bite that makes them pull even harder on your line. Lets face it, what is better than having some big fish run you in circles around the boat as she tries to break you off on the motor or anything else she can wrap that line around. That is my kind of fishing and it has already started!! Very Nice Speckled Trout!
Glass minnows will be pouring out of the marshes soon and the specks can become very selective and picky about what baits they eat. Matching the hatch on color is first so some type of glo/chart or white color is needed. Then try to match the size. Bone Super Spook Jr's, Norton Sand Eel Jr's or some type of imitation glass minnow from Tsunami or another company should put a few fish on your line as your buddies wonder why they can't get any bites. Match the hatch becomes extremely critical during that few weeks of April when glass minnows are out so be prepared and see what happens. Typically this type of bite occurs near marshes and bayous where glass minnows are in abundance. If you are not prepared with the proper baits in can be quite frustrating. Big Fish!
The black drum are definitely starting to show up along the Texas City Dike and throughout the ship channel. Catching these big brutes on light line is a heck of a lot of fun just make sure and release them properly by reviving them until they kick out of your hand. I personally think live or fresh dead shrimp is the best bait for these big brutes although a blue crab cracked in half will be the other choice. The best places are the North and South jetties, Feenor Flats, Sea Wolf park, the Texas City Dike and the Bolivar wells. Black Drum will create slicks like speckled trout and redfish do so pay attention and look for them. I have caught these big brutes in all depths from 2-3 ft of water cruising over heavy shell all the way to the tip of the jetties in 50 foot of water. No matter what type of fishing you like to do the chances are you will hook in to one of these brutes this spring. Hang on and have fun!The Drun Run is on!
Take a kid fishing!!