by Capt Mullet
Not a lot of days on the water this past week with rain hampering almost all of my trips. Really can't complain about the rain since it is so desperately needed here in Texas. Wednesday and Thursday were scouting mission preparing for future trips I have to admit that fishing has not been very good this year so far and all of this rain has just wiped out my patterns in the upper portions of Galveston Bay. After talking to a few guides it seemed that the only ones catching fish were doing so way up in creeks and back lakes so that was the plan. Capt Robert Liebert and myself launched around noon on Wednesday and decided to hit some back bay areas that most people do not fish and it was crazy good. I think we had a our first fish on the 3rd cast and it was almost every cast or every other cast for 100 yards. Whenever we are scouting we don't like to sit there and hammer them out. So we moved on to the next spot and it was the same thing. Lots of trout being caught. The key was finding the right water depth. Fishing in 3 ft of water wouldn't produce a bite but as soon as we would hit that 4 ft depth it was on.
We hit a few more spots in the back lakes and caught fish on every stop. Not a lot of keepers in the other spots but plenty of bites. We hit some areas in the open bay without a bite. The next day we wanted to come up with plan B and we hit a totally different area but with the same environment. A shallow back lake with a few areas that held the magic depth of 4 feet. We made a few long drifts in areas of 3 ft without a bite. But again as soon as we hit the right depth it was on again.
We ended up doing 2 drifts thru a very small area and caught 11 trout 3 rat reds and a 5 pound freshwater cat. That sucker came up on the surface like a big trout does just thrashing on the surface and we were both excited to see it. I was scrambling for the net as Robert was struggling to get this fish close to the boat. We were both thinking that it was huge trout since it was like a bulldog making hard runs away from the boat. He got it close to the boat and I slipped the net under it and we couldn't believe what we were seeing. A 5 pound freshwater catfish! Right in the middle of all of those specks. Fishing has been on and off since then. One day we get'em good and the next day they are nowhere to be found. Spring is almost here so just keep grinding because conditions have to get better sooner or later. This rain has kept me off the water with lots of canceled trips. Dirty water and lower salinities are pushing those fish southward toward the gulf. West bay should be turning on with all of this rain but I am not hearing good things yet about that bay system. East Bay is fair at best for drift fishing The anglers doing best are the wadefishermen. Late afternoon continues to show the best results but if you can find a big quantity of fish you should be able to catch them all day long. Things are bound to change over very soon so keep on chunkin. Tight Lines