by Capt. Craig Lambert
Can you remember as a kid the excitement you felt when finding out you were going fishing? The anticipation and excitement made it almost like Christmas morning. Spring Break is the perfect opportunity to take a day off to take those kids fishing and make them happy. He can outfish most adults!
There are plenty of piers located around the Galveston bay system such as Sylvan Beach Park in LaPorte, the Texas City Dike, Sea Wolf Park and the many piers and rock groins along the beachfront in Galveston. As the black drum season kicks in to gear places like the beachfront,Sea Wolf Park and the end of the Texas City Dike will give plenty of chances for young anglers to land some of these larger fish and have an experience of a lifetime that they will never forget. Big Uglies are in season!
Young anglers spending time off of their cell phones and computers and out in nature will allow them to experience life from a non-cyber point of view and that is important in today's world of growing technology and their quest for a digital self image. The smell of salt air and the sounds of waves crashing are the joys in life that we do not want our kids to miss that is why it is so important to get young boys and girls out on the water as much as possible.Loves to fish!
Girls love fishing as much as the boys and sometimes even more believe it or not. So don't overlook taking any kids fishing based on gender. Like adults young lady anglers are more patient than their male counterparts and at times I have seen the sisters outfish their brothers. A good competitive spirit between siblings seems to bring the best out of both of them and really makes for a fun fishing day. Brother & Sister going at it!
Fishing lately has been good if you are in the right areas. Fishing areas near freshwater seems to be the key to finding fish these last 3 to 4 weeks. The fish are cold and confused with our water temperatures going up and down like a yo-yo. Bayous and rivers bring warmer waters from up stream and just a few degrees can make a huge difference especially for speckled trout which are not as tolerant to colder waters as redfish and flounder are. Bayous and canals will still be holding fish this time of year so do not overlook any wintertime areas that will offer warmer waters and some type of food source. Darker plastics have been working well and outfishing live shrimp if you can get live shrimp. Live bait has continued to be very scarce lately so switching to plastics has been a good trade off.Happy kids!
It looks like the polar vortex is behind us now so nothing but warmer temperatures and tight lines ahead.
Take a kid fishing. The future of our sport depends on it!