by Capt Craig Lambert
The month of June was outstanding here on Galveston Bay. And I expect July to be just as good if not better. Areas that typically hold fish, that have not been, are starting to see fish show up again. That tells me that things are slowly getting back in their normal patterns. I expect things to be back to normal by the end of the month without any unforeseen tropical systems dumping on us. The last time we had this much rain was IKE and the fishing was fabulous for a year after that flushing of the bay. So I expect the same great fishing for the next 6 months or more from this event.The great trout bite continues!
East Bay is still the place to be but areas like Dollar reef, Mosquito island and Half-Moon Reef are starting to hold schools of specks and other species. This area of the bay system is fantastic for the walk in wader or kayaker. There are miles of shoreline along the levy to cruise down and look for slicks before entering the water. The point (Dollar Point) has always been a great place to start for waders and kayakers alike. Don't be afraid to move around to a few spots to look for them. Key in on areas of thick shell and bait while looking for slicks.Fantastic catch!
As salinity levels return back to normal and water temperatures rise expect a migration of fish toward mid bay areas. Speckled trout and redfish will begin holding near wells and midbay structures along the ship channel. Areas like Exxon A Lease, Redfish Island and the many newer reefs created a few years ago will start out with smaller fish like gulf trout and gafftop and as salinity levels and water temperatures rise higher the bigger specks will begin to move in most likely by the end of this month. Solid Speckled Trout
The many rock lined islands and channels can produce some very nice fishing if you fish it correctly. The first thing I look for in rip rap is depth of water. When fishing the rocks you want it to be at least 3 ft or deeper. Fishing in water less than this will be unproductive. This is where the popping cork will be very efficient in holding that shrimp at the perfect depth. Typically about 24 - 30 inches is perfect for a leader length and make sure you are in the strike zone. The strike zone is no farther than 1 meter off of the rocks. Keep those corks up close to the rocks if you want the bites. East Bay has been invaded by specks!
According to the many croaker guides finding good croakers continues to be a problem. The netters are having hard times bringing in healthy croakers with all of this freshwater. This too should change since our long term rainfall prediction is for us to be dry for the next few months.
Tight lines and take a kid fishing!!