by Capt Craig Lambert
Big trout and big redfish have been on the menu here lately! And it has been a blast!! Look for fishing to only get better as these spring rains move away and the bay system flushes all of this fresh water out. Most likely this pattern we are in now will last at least another 4-6 weeks so just plan on fishing with 30 to 40 of your closest friends at every reef you stop on for a few more weeks.Fantastic pic!
This is our second spring where we have been just inundated with floods throughout Texas and our bay system is receiving the brunt of it. Trout green water just doesn't seem to be anywhere at this time. The entire bay system with the exception of East Bay, West Bay, the jetties and Lower Galveston Bay is entirely flooded out and borderline unfishable. What does this mean for the average fishermen? It means a lot of guess work has been taken out of the equation on where to fish. It also means that instead of everyone being spread out we are all bunched up fishing together and on top of each other.Awesome trout!
Etiquette has been very good for the most part and everyone seems to be following the unwritten rules. I have been throwing artificials on the reefs in East Bay for specks as is 90% of the fishermen in our bay system. Chartreuse and Glo/Chart Norton Sand Eel Jr's have been the ticket for my groups. Keeping it in the lower water column has been getting the bites and it seems like one day they want it slow and the next they want it moving fast. So make sure and try different retrieves till you are confident with one. A 1/4 oz jighead has been working well along with a 20 lb fluorocarbon leader about 16 inches long on the smallest swivel you can see to tie on. Getting in a smooth and slow rhythm where you keep your line tight enough to feel it after every little hop is the key to catching fish on plastics. Since 95% of your bites will come on the fall being able to keep a tight enough line to feel that bite is critical. 50% of my groups have never thrown artificials before but with a little one on one coaching picking it up is easy to do as long as you have a little bit of fishing experience. Beautiful Redfish!
Anywhere there is rip-rap or rocks in the lower bay system you will most likely find redfish. The jetties are loaded with redfish right now and they are probably the best spot to find a bunch of bruiser reds. A popping cork with a live shrimp dangling underneath is the best ticket right now but spinner-baits, gold spoons and gulps will also catch fish. The key is keeping that bait in the strike zone which is typically within 1 meter of the rocks. I prefer trolling or drifting the edges of the rip rap and covering ground. Finding a sweet spot and anchoring up can also produce good results. Just remember to keep moving around if you are not getting any bites and look for the active bait.Happy Customer!
West Bay and Lower Galveston Bay are definitely not "on fire" but holding a few fish here and there. However, the bird activity in Lower Galveston Bay is hot from midday to late afternoons. If you are just looking for pure catching excitement it will offer up some serious action. Everything from ladyfish to gafftop to sand trout to small specks are under these birds and the action is fast and furious. This is a great way to practice your artificial skills or get kids hooked up with a ton of action. West Bay is from time to time producing some bird activity also and the fish seem to be a little bigger but they are much more sparse and not as reliable as the activity in Lower Galveston Bay. Sweet!
Summer is here so have a blast and take a kid fishing!!!