by Capt Mullet
Spring is in full swing and if it weren't for these fronts coming in every 5 or 6 days fishing would be off the charts. As soon as we get a southerly/southeasterly flow the fish just kick in to a feeding mode. Hungry speckled trout, redfish and black drum are pulling up on to feeding flats and hitting every bait in sight. Great Pic!
Black drum have invaded the ship channel and just seem to be every where this past week or so. There are a few areas holding several of these big brutes and catching several a day mixed in with speckled trout and redfish has been very common these past 2-3 weeks. The Jack Crevalle have made an appearance also. Last week one of my clients had his line spooled completely off in less than a minute. One of many big uglies!
The Specks are getting hungrier and bigger every week it seems. They are definitely becoming more and more aggressive as these water temps keep rising. The majority of the trout are moving shallow so 2-4 ft of water is best for targeting specks while fishing in the boat. If you have the ability to go wade fishing then do it, now is definitely the time. Nice Fish!
Pink topwaters and limetreuse plastics are working great for the anglers throwing artificials. Popping cork and live shrimp is king still on the live bait scene. Longer leaders seem to be the ticket for live baiters still so keep those leaders deep especially this weekend after this front hits.Solid Speck
The next few weeks will produce some excellent fishing for trout, redfish and black drum. Watching the fronts and playing the wind will be the big hurdle. Keep focusing on heavy shell and transition areas along marshy shorelines. Areas of mud next to sand seems to offer the best of both worlds to hungry predator fish looking for quick meals. The walk-in wade fishermen should have plenty of areas to focus on including Mosquito Island, Dollar Flats, Anahuac National Wildlife Refuge and San Luis Pass. Hooked Up!
Typically every year during this time we are playing the wind. 15-25 mph winds seems to be the norm from now until mid May. By the end of May we will see calmer winds and awesome fishing. May and June are the peak months of the year for Speckled trout in my opinion. The oyster reefs all over the complex are stacked with anglers itching to get a chance at a trophy Speck. 5 to 6 pounders are a daily occurrence during these next few months especially as we hit that peak in late May. Big redfish!
The kids have been having a great time this April and as usual outfishing the dads and moms. We all know how important it is to expose children to the outdoors and fishing. Shaping young minds to grow their love of the outdoors is a cherished consequence of my job as a fishing guide. And that is why I love it.Getting Bigger!!
Take a kid fishing!!