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Craig Lambert

Capt. Craig runs Galvestoninshore fishing Guide Service. He has been fishing Galveston Bay complex for 19 years. Out of his 24ft Lake and Bay boat, Capt. Craig caters to all levels of experience to make sure the best time is had by all.

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October 29, 2014

Finally it is November!!

by Capt Craig Lambert

November is here and I love it. This is by far my favorite time of the year because of the great opportunities that this month will offer to the coastal angler. First and foremost on my mind is the flounder run. Big giant doormats are out there and they are feeling that urge to start heading out to the gulf on their annual migration. You can bet I will be there to intercept them! The speckled trout and redfish are also fattening up for winter and they are in that feeding mode so it is on like "donkey kong" for them too. Basically November is like X-mas for both the hardcore and amateur angler.


He'll reel it in, he'll eat it but he won't touch it!


Hardcore flounder anglers, including myself, will be set up all along the Galveston ship channel and surrounding areas. The flounder run usually isn't too popular with the speckled trout enthusiast which is fine with me. While they are wading the marsh outlets with topwaters for big trout I will be working the ship channel for large flounder. Fighting big 5 and 6 pound flounder is a thrill that I can't get enough of and I will happily catch them all day long. This is a style of fishing made for the bass angler because of the technique and tackle. Med to Heavy action rods work best for a strong hook set and a little shorter than 7 ft so you can do a lot of flipping in to wall corners and vertical jigging. This type of technique will land you not only numbers but large flounder if you time it right. Typically Thanksgiving week is the peak of the run for the females and the smaller males have already begun their migration.


Coming soon to a flounder hole near you!


My feelings on flounder rigs and baits are simple. Gulp, Gulp and more Gulp! I will typically use a 3/8 oz jighead and a white 3 or 5 inch Berkeley Gulp Shrimp. But all types of plastics will work. I do suggest some type of scent added by spray or roll on if not using a scented bait like Gulp. No live bait is needed unless you want to throw a tandem rig. If someone is having a hard time getting a good hook set then I will put a tandem rig on for them which will consist of a 12-18 inch piece of 30 lb monofilament with a #6 or #8 treble hook and a live shrimp. This works like a charm and will allow that angler that is missing a lot to finally catch a few.


Perfect size griller!


The specks are moving shallow and the wadefishing is about to really pick up. Like everything else weather will dictate this transformation to shallower waters. As December approaches colder water temperatures force those fish to go shallow looking for warmer waters. As they move up on to the shallow flats the anglers will follow. Stalking their pray through mud and stepping over oyster and clam shells like a ninja with the utmost stealth is how you have to sneak up on those big trout. Targeting marsh drains during afternoon outgoing tides is best for catching some really nice specks. The key is to find active or nervous bait. Slicks are an obvious dead giveaway but being able to spot nervous bait being harassed from specks is key. Being able to read the small signs of fleeing bait on the surface will put more fish in the boat than any other skill you have learned as a coastal angler.


Jack is still hanging around!


The birds have been working often at low light conditions and during hard outgoing tides with regularity. November is again the best month for finding and catching fish under the birds. Bird activity can be found all over the bay system and in my opinion the afternoon outgoing tides are usually best. Trinity Bay, East Bay and West Bay will all have areas of good bird activity in the coming weeks. Our next major cold front that really drops water temperatures and water levels will really kick things in to gear and it will produce the bird activity to peak for several days after the front. This will kick off a few weeks of the most outstanding fishing of the year.


So are the big Uglies!


Remember to TAKE A KID FISHING!!!!

October 08, 2014

Fall is Here!

by Capt. Craig Lambert

So far we have had several early cold fronts and this has made fishing not only comfortable but really good. Consequently we have had a lot of rain since summer ended and hopefully that will keep going throughout fall to keep our marshes healthy and produce a banner recruitment of young trout and redfish for next year.




I have seen a lot of birds working in the past few weeks and that is a little early. But I am not complaining at all. Birds are fun for action but tough to fill up the box. A hard outgoing tide is usually best for bird action but I have seen a few days where they were working hard on a slack tide also. A dozen or more seagulls sitting on the water is a good sign that there may be fish in the area. So do not pass up a few birds sitting in the middle of the bay.



We have finally arrived to October and I personally look forward to this time of year like it is Christmas everyday. This month offers tons of opportunities for catching a lot of fish so lets start with the basics. Our best tides this month will be the afternoon outgoing tide. The jetties are full of redfish and so is the concrete ship, Feenor flats, the Bolivar wells and other structures along the ship channel. They will all hold some big reds at one time or the other this month. Live or fresh dead shrimp on or near the bottom will produce in a big way.



The speckled trout are still holding in deeper areas (3-9 ft) like the wells in Trinity, the reefs in East and West bays and there are still a few scattered along the reefs of the ship channel. Other areas to mention are Campbells bayou, Dickinson bayou and the San Jacinto River. The croaker soakers are crying because October 1st is typically the "official " end of the season but they will still catch a few fish. However, the shrimp and artificial bite is now in the full "ON MODE".



I prefer live shrimp under a popping cork and there are certain methods and techniques that just work! I am going to give you my exact set up for those that are not so confident in what they are throwing. The most important part of this set up is the cork. I personally only use one cork and that is the Evolution by Midcoast Corks. These corks are superior for many reasons. The first is the concave top which allows for a really strong "pop" which pushes water and gives you the desired noise and water movement. The second reason I like these is that they are durable. Unless you lose one they are going to last a long long time. The third reason and most important is that they just catch fish. Underneath the cork I use 30 lb monofilament and it is best to use some type of leader material or Ande line which is what I use. Its stiffness makes Ande line a good leader type material. Consequently a sotfer limpert mono like Berkley Big Game does not make for a good leader. I also use a 1/8th oz barrel swivel that I run the line through twice so that is stays on the line where I want and I can slide it up and down. Last but not least is the hook. I have always used a #6 treble hook that is 3x strong and that seems to work best for me. Use this set up and I guarantee you will catch more fish this year!

Take a kid fishing they deserve it!!!



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