by Capt Mullet
Fishing has been phenomenal these past 2 weeks since the wind has died. It is amazing how light winds and green water just puts our fish in to a feeding mode. The live shrimp bite is tapering off and croakers are beginning to dominate the scene in the bays. Although I hate to admit it, I have also switched over to the croaker soaker crowd and began throwing them for the first time in my guiding career.
I consider June to be the best speckled trout month of the year and it is definitely living up to that reputation so far. 4 and 5 pound speckled trout are a daily occurrence and our fishery seems to be very healthy. All areas of the bay have turned on including the new ponds created in lower Galveston bay. The new areas of rip rap in the lower Galveston bay system (Between the Causeway and the Texas City Dike) offer up hundreds of yards of rocky shoreline/riprap and the fish are there. Throwing popping corks and live shrimp up against the rocks will definitely produce redfish and a few trout.
East bay is almost unfishable because of the crowd on the weekends. You could walk across the bay on boats this past weekend. I have been fishing this bay system for almost 20 years and I have never seen so many boats out on a weekend that wasn't a holiday. Most of the reefs are holding trout but very few if any redfish. The redfish seem to be gathered up in schools and roaming the open bay and they are tough to catch because they are moving very fast. We have found a few of these schools but it takes a lot of work to stay on top of them.
West Bay is still the toughest bay system to fish especially with lighter winds. Many of the croaker guides have begun fishing the open shell but the reports haven't been that great. Long drifts are needed to fish that bay system effectively and the lighter winds are hampering those long drifts.
Trinity is really the place to be. There are definitely fish showing up on the wells and the crowd is very minimal compared to East bay. Soon the ship channel will be turning on also. It is still a little early for that area but as this summer heat continues and July begins expect the ship channel to explode with specks and reds.
Remember to take a kid fishing!