by Capt Craig Lambert
Here we are again right in the middle of summer and the heat is on. The speckled trout are moving deeper. Areas like the ship channel which holds our deepest waters will have the best opportunities for finding speckled trout. Now deep is a relative term to where you are located. My definition of deep for Galveston Bay is anything 7ft. or over. Not including the ship channel lanes the deepest part of our bay system is about 15 ft so 7 to 15 ft is my target depth for specks. As water temperatures continue to stay in the upper 80's the specks will keep looking for those cooler waters coming up the ship channel from the Gulf. The migration will slowly continue northward like every year but expect them to be really ganged up in the deeper waters. Hardcore Pros!!
Redfish on the other hand I am catching on extremely shallow reefs that are incredibly thick with clams and oysters and also along rock/riprap along the ship channel. The redfish bite continues to be decent and shrimp under a popping cork is the way to go for lots of bites. A ton of sheepshead and black drum have been hanging along the rocks with the redfish. (Pro's tip for fishing rocks: keep a short leader and your cork within 2 ft. of the rocks
) We are having to catch 5 sheepshead and 5 drum for every redfish but I don't think the kids mind in fact I think they love it!! First ever redfish or any fish for that matter. How awesome is that!
As fall slowly sets in the beachfront and jetties are about to be invaded by oversized redfish aka "Bullreds" coming in from offshore to drop off their eggs to be deposited in the estuaries of our bay system. Pier and jetty fishermen have a blast as they intercept these big brutes coming in to spawn. There are plenty of seatrout, gulf trout, sheepshead, spanish mackerel, gafftop and redfish at the jetties in great numbers and on any given day you can definitely catch a smorgasbord of species. Look for dips in the rocks marking holes and on an incoming tide you want to fish the outside of the jetty and on an outgoing tide it is best on the inside of the jetty. Cool looking redfish
Typically by the end of the month the bull reds start showing up to begin their annual spawning run. The lower ship channel and the jetties will begin to stack up with oversized redfish and at times they are so thick you cant keep them off of your line. These big brutes are not the best of table fare so after having a blast reeling them in go ahead and release them carefully so they can lay their precious precious cargo of eggs. The deeper holes near the end of each jetty are always a great place to go. But you had better get there early because the weekends can get very crowded out there especially on the hot spots.That is just nice
The croaker bite is still going strong but will be fading off as September gets closer. Look for the live shrimp bite to kick in and dominate about the same time that September arrives. When fishing wellpads make sure and mark the ones that hold fish on your GPS. One day they may remove the structure but the fish will still use it since the bottom base of shell will stay. She is very proud of her redfish
Everybody have a safe and fantastic summer and always try to take a kid fishing!