Summer heat has most anglers concentrating their efforts early and late. And those have been the best times for success, said guide Chris Martin.
Anglers have scored fair catches of speckled trout by working soft-plastic baits (Norton Bull Minnow in margarita pattern) over flats holding hard sand bottom, Martin said.
If the flats don’t pay off, look to the reefs in San Antonio Bay, Martin suggested. Live shrimp fished around the reefs have produced mixed strings.
Flats holding a mix of sand a vegetation have coughed up scattered caches of redfish for those throwing topwaters, he said.
Live bait free-lined along the rocks has produced a mix of fish including specks, redfish, Spanish and king mackerel and even a tarpon or two.
Hit the tide and water clarity right on the grassy flats of West Matagorda Bay, and anglers can peck away at a good bunch of trout. Waders throwing dark soft-plastic lures have taken fair numbers of 17-20-inch trout and a lot of under-size fish, reported guide Mark Talasek.
When weather has cooperated, anglers have found great fishing in the surf off the mouth of the Colorado River. Talasek said the surf calmed and cleared Sunday, and fishing was outstanding.
Light wind and green surf produced a mixed bag for anglers. Sunday night and early Monday morning, fair numbers of speckled trout were landed from the Galveston Fishing Pier, reported pier staffer Sonja Hix. Most of the fish hit live bait — shrimp, mullet, ballyhoo.
Also, cut bait (mullet, menhaden, whiting) accounted for a fair number of bull redfish, Hix said.
Anglers baiting with squid or shrimp and targeting panfish had plenty of cooperation from whiting, croaker.
The lake has a fair shallow-water bite for largemouth bass, but anglers have to be on the water very early to take advantage of it, said guide Will Kirkpatrick. Kirkpatrick said he has been getting on the water by 5 a.m., and finding bass holding over and around submerged vegetation off secondary points in 5-8 feet of water. Spinnerbaits trimmed with a short curl-tail grub have been the best bait. Topwater plugs are drawing only scattered strikes, he said.
The lake is about 18 inches below normal pool level, and surface water temperature has been 85-88 degrees.
Anglers on the water very early have found a few largemouths holding in fairly shallow water, said Vince Anderson of Stow-A-Way Marina.
But the larger bass are in deep water. That’s where the 5.75-pounder that won big-bass honors in the marina’s Sunday morning bass tournament was taken. The fish hit a Carolina-rig worm in about 16 feet of water, Anderson said.
The heaviest stringer — three bass weighing 9.76 pounds — came from shallower areas, he said.
Trolling over humps, ridges and points in the south end of the lake continue to produce good catches of white bass and hybrid bass, guide Butch Terpe said. Most of the fish — keeper-size white bass and hybrids weighing as much as 7 pounds — have been taken by working structure topping out 17-20 feet below the surface, Terpe said.
Upper Texas coast
Winds east-southeast 10 to 15 mph this morning becoming south 8 to 13 mph this afternoon and Wednesday. Seas in deep waters 2 to 3 feet Wednesday. Partly cloudy skies with isolated showers and thunderstorms both days.
Lower Texas Coast
Winds east-southeast 10 to 17 mph this morning becoming southeast 10 to 20 mph this afternoon and Wednesday. Seas in deep waters 1 to 3 feet today and 2 to 3 feet Wednesday. Partly cloudy skies with isolated showers and thunderstorms both days.
Monday’s Galveston beach water temperature was 87 degrees.
Highs 9:43 a.m., 8:51 p.m.; lows 1:51 a.m., 3:55 p.m.
Highs 8:26 a.m., 7:34 p.m.; lows 12:43 a.m., 2:47 p.m.
Highs 9:48 a.m., 11:08 p.m.;
lows 2:21 a.m., 4:30 p.m.
Highs 8:31 a.m., 9:51 p.m.;
lows 1:13 a.m., 3:22 p.m.