Originally Posted by Lone-Star
Been surf-fishing galveston religously for 25+ years...The galveston surf is pretty simple to fish...just look for birds and/or bait and get after it. Dont feel like you need to race out to the third bar...the trout can be anywhere so just work your way across the bars until you locate them. Also dont get sucked into the idea that it needs to be "green to the beach" to catch trout...some of my best days have been rougher than hell with chocolate milk water.
I have caught big trout in ankle high water muddy slop. This guy is right don't listen to people who say you need crystal clear flat water because that's a myth. If anything it makes big trout more spooky and harder to catch. Big trout will hang in the shadows, drop offs and color changes AKA muddy water to a clear water transition. Guts often times will be a different color than the rest of the water so you will need a good pair of polarized sunglasses to see that as it's a key area you should be looking for. My philosophy has and always will be the shallower the water the bigger fish and in many cases this isn't true but almost all my big trout have come in extremely shallow water unless it was winter (even then caught some super shallow trout). Make SURE you fish it thoroughly and fan cast. Work the shoreline in a zig zag pattern starting from shallow to deep and focus on the guts between the sand bars. The first "gut" is between your ankle and knee. The second between knee and waist. The third between waist and chest. The fourth possibly overhead depending on the tide back to chest. Most of the time there is no need to wade to the 4th sand bar but do not neglect the first one.
When you pull up to a spot if you see birds diving in wadeable area it's a must stop. If you see mullet jumping it's usually a must stop. If you see mullet rafted up swimming in schools you will want to cast to those schools. Right now with the water warming up it is prime time for top-waters so don't be afraid to use them keying in on schools of mullet. There is a very good chance fish will be feeding more aggressively especially in the surf but if they are not slow down your retrieves and add more pauses.
If the water is clear like it should be throw clear baits with chrome sides or more natural looking colors. Some examples of this are bone, chicken on a chain, opening night, etc. If the water muddies up throw something darker like morning glory/chartreuse or plum/chartreuse.
For top waters keep it simple. The easiest one for you to throw, work and get success with in my opinion is the super spook. Throw the big one and the juniors into schools of bait and you should be getting blow ups. Good colors for you tomorrow are 1) Bone (early morning) 2) Okie shad (aka jimmy houston - early morning) and 3) Anything with chrome for when the sun comes out. You want something with flash. If you don't get bites switch to a corky and if all else fails swap to a soft plastic. Work all 3 water columns and you should catch fish.
If you stop seeing bait activity and get no bites get out of there unless you plan on staying for the next feeding period. Prime times to fish are between tides and key in on both major and minor solunar feeding patterns (it will tell you when they are on this site). Try to line up good water movement with solunar periods and you are on your way to a good session.
Go here for tides and solunar patterns: http://www.tides4fishing.com/us/texas
Go here for wind forecasts (click forecast tables for the area you want): http://www.iwindsurf.com/windandwher...ast&model=true
You will do just fine.