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Craig Lambert

Capt. Craig runs Galvestoninshore fishing Guide Service. He has been fishing Galveston Bay complex for 19 years. Out of his 24ft Lake and Bay boat, Capt. Craig caters to all levels of experience to make sure the best time is had by all.

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July 10, 2012

July Heat

by Capt Mullet

Redfish have been dominating the scene this July and they have been a blast. Open water schools of upper-slot reds are hanging out in several bay systems of our complex. If you can find them you are in for a treat. Look for this pattern to continue thru August on these open water reds.


The trout bite was excellent in late June when we had a nice southeasterly flow but July has been a tougher bite so far with a return of southwest winds on most mornings. A combination of factors including increased boat traffic from the holiday, the full moon and unfavorable wind direction have been the culprits for the slower start to July. Look for fishing to quickly rebound especially if we can get back on an easterly wind flow. As water temps rise look for specks to stay deep and continue hanging out near well pads and deeper oyster reefs.


The croaker bite is in full-swing and is dominating the catches at the cleaning tables. Lots of trout and reds are being taken on the main ship channel reefs and spoils by croaker fishermen. Drifting or "dredging" continues to be the best producer for most guides. Capt. Robert Liebert says there are 2 things for succesful dredging. "Getting the bait out far enough behind your boat (20 plus yards) and constantly twitching that croaker and keeping him out of the shell" He likes to us a 5/0 Kahle hook with a 1/8 oz weight seperated by 30 lb test line.


Artificials are working well near the channel but make sure and use a heavier jig like a 3/8th oz in depths over 7 ft. to keep that bait low in the water column. My go to bait continues to be the TTF Killer Flats minnow (color-Texas Shrimp). Spinnerbaits or gold spoons are working well against riprap for redfish. Just make sure and get those baits in tight to the rocks where the fish are.


Shrimp and a popping cork are cleaning up on redfish and sheepshead along riprap and in shallow water. Keeping your baits in close to the structure is key to catching fish. Using your trolling motor is best but anchoring up on the rocks will catch a few as they swim by.


My walk-in wade spot would be the surf if the conditions are right. Slick calm mornings and green water to the beach can be magical in the surf in July so make sure and pay attention to the Galveston webcam for current water clarity and color.


Tight Lines everyone!!
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