by Capt Mullet
Spring is just around the corner and more consistent fishing should follow with it. We had a some great days of fishing this past week and some tough days also. But all the kids off for Spring Break had a great time and that is what matters most. Nice Red!!!!
This warmer weather we are experiencing should keep our water temps above the 60 degree mark and improve fishing or at least make it more consistent from day to day. As we move closer to April expect the jetties to really light up with spawning size black drum. Do not overlook areas around the Texas City Dike like Mosquito Island, Dollar Point and April Fools Pt. These areas always hold fish this time of year and on in to May. Excellent Young Angler!
I talked to several guides who made it out to the jetties during spring break and all of them caught a variety of fish like specks, reds and sand trout but nobody commented on the big black drum making a major influx or run. They are definitely showing up off the ship channel near the Fred Hartman Bridge in Baytown but not thick enough to target them exclusively. Big Ugly!
Live or dead shrimp and crab are the best baits for those big bruiser black drum. Hook size doesn't matter too much. I have caught them on everything from 6/0 kahle hooks to #8 treble hooks. A bottom or fish finder rig is needed and fishing locations should be easy to find. Places like the concrete ship, bolivar wells, the jetties and almost anywhere inside the Galveston ship channel should put a few drum at the end of your rod. Just make sure and release them carefully by bringing them back to life along the side of the boat before letting them go.Fishing Maniac!!!
Speck fishing has been good it seems every other day. One day we catch 20 or more the next day it is 5-10 so the bite has been unpredictable up here in the San Jacinto river for the past few weeks.
A more consistent weather pattern and a climb in water temperature should really spark up a bite these next few weeks.Bruiser Redfish!
Both trout and reds should be moving over shallower flats with this warm up and wade fishing is prime time right now. I am still using long leaders when throwing live shrimp under a popping cork. Keeping the bait near the bottom is still working best. The Mrs Trout killer by TTF has been my plastic of choice here lately. Lots of trout that day!
Just because Spring Break is over doesn't mean that the kids should be back in school and off the water. The best weather of the year is coming up for the next month or 2 so make sure and get those kids out on the water and get them fishing. Not going to touch a fish just yet!