by Capt Craig Lambert
Take a look at the current wind forecast and that is how you know spring is here. March has typically been a very windy month and this first week has not disappointed. 15-20 mph winds are common on the North side of the bay and Galveston and Bolivar can average at 20-25 mph on some days this month. These winds are here to stay for awhile so let's talk about where to go and what to throw. WINDY DAY SPECKLED TROUT
Nothing beats live shrimp on tougher conditions so for best results lets start with a Midcoast Evolution cork with about a 3 to 4 ft. (stiff) 30 LB. monofilament leader with a 1/8th oz barrel swivel and a #6 treble hook. I use this exact set up all year long and the only thing that changes is the leader depth which I usually base on depth of water and depth of the fish being targeted. Let's take for example a water depth of 6ft. on the flat I intend to drift. If my intended target is black drum or redfish then a long leader of about 5ft. will put you down in the strike zone where those types of fish feed but drift that same flat with a 3ft. leader and all of a sudden the drum bites will be be minimal but now you are in the speckled trout zone and you will get more specks biting. As you get to shallower flats the chances of catching a smorgasbord of species becomes greater and keeping that shrimp about a foot above the bottom is ideal for catching everything.THE PERFECT RIG
March is the official "Kid Fishing" month with the arrival of Spring Break and there is no doubt that all boys and girls love nothing better than going fishing during Spring Break.(Check out my 2cooler special for kids in the Guide Reports) Lots of options for parents to choose from with areas like Rollover Pass, San Luis Pass, the jetties and the many piers scattered along our bay system. If I wanted to just take the kids fishing out of my truck or car then I would either head to Rollover Pass on Bolivar peninsula for a variety of species or head to the Sea Wolf Park area and pier to look for giant oversized black drum. But for best results if you do not have your own boat and just want the kids to have a great time catching a lot of fish then find a kid friendly fishing guide and get them hooked up.HAPPY KIDS!
High winds will take a lot of areas out of the equation so buckling down in a highly protected area where you know fish are at and grinding on them hard will most likely pay off. Remember that fish don't feed all day long so be patient because patience will definitely pay off when it comes to fishing tough conditions. I prefer fishing the higher tide levels to get in to the many back lakes and coves scattered throughout our bay system. West bay has always had a lot of good areas to hide with the many back lakes and coves spread out all over that area. Greens, Swan, Charanchua and Jones Lake are just a few that will hold a variety of fish including redfish, black drum and a few specks. Wading the shorelines of both West Bay and East Bay are going to also produce some large catches in this wind. Up North the many bayous along the Trinity river will be easily fishable in any wind and the San Jacinto River system also has a few places to hide. Look for the major and minors to coincide with the incoming tide to produce best results. And please don't think that because it is windy they aren't biting because that is not true at all. They are actually hungrier in these conditions so get out there and get after them!VERY NICE SPECK
See you on the water and as always take a kid fishing!