by Capt Craig Lambert
These windy conditions are what we can expect for the next month so if you can pick your days then great you can get out and drift some reefs and open water but if you get out on a windy day then shorelines and protected back lakes are your best bet. April has always been a feast or famine type month because of weather and wind. Everyone knows how much I love the wind from November to March but now things have changed and those windier days have become tougher as part of the transition to spring and summer.Doesn't get any better than that!!
March was definitely a transition month with spring like conditions early in the month and continuing throughout. The patterns of speckled trout and redfish are changing and quickly. Look for areas like Lower Galveston Bay, East Bay, Dollar Point and the jetties to really pick up and produce some good catches this month and for the next few months. Again weather is the key for April. If you are lucky enough to get out on those days of decent winds and wind direction then easy limits will follow. Drifting open water reefs can be very productive beginning this month. Limetreuse or bone plastics like a Norton Sand Eel jr or a Bass Assassin can be deadly. Right now it seems like the fish want it low and slow but I suspect that as the month moves on and metabolisms increase they are going to become much more active in chasing bait and lures.Supercharged Redfish!!
Black Drum are thick all over the bay system and can be found almost anywhere there is heavy shell. The jetties are packed with the oversized brutes and they can be caught on light tackle and they are a blast. Live or dead shrimp or a cracked crab soaked on the bottom near the jetties will almost guarantee a "Big Ugly" right now. The smaller blackies which are fine table fare can be found up in the shallow back lakes and almost anywhere in the bay system there is a heavy concentration of shell. A popping cork or fish finder rig with a piece of shrimp dangling from it is almost like cheating but it sure is fun. Awesome "Big Ugly"!
Look for birds to start working a little more regularly as the month progresses. Shrimp will begin moving through and gangs of speckled trout and some sand trout also will be following them around. Afternoons have always been best for me but tide is really the factor. Chasing the birds is a great way for some of you live baiters wanting to make the switch over to artificials. Working birds all day without any bait will give you the confidence and experience needed to make that tough transition. Once you gain that confidence under the birds then go hit the reefs and you will probably surprise your self and good luck. Take a kid fishing!!!Nice Day Nice Trout!