by Capt Craig Lambert
August was a blur with all of the rain. Couldn't really spend too much time on the water with the downpours and storms but the days I could get out the fish were still very hungry and active especially when storms were around. I would expect more of the same this month but hopefully a little drier. Look for September to be a transition month where the fish are on the move and patterns are changing dramatically. Great Catch!
Our first change this month is the live bait of choice. At the time of this writing I will admit I am still throwing croakers and the croaker bite is still going strong but I am looking for the shrimp bite to take over soon. The croaker bite is still very solid right now and as long as you obey the 3 rules of croaker soaking you will knock'em out. The first rule is too get that bait out and away from the boat. When drifting with croakers I prefer that bait to be at least 30 to 40 yards (NOT FEET) away from the boat. Rule number two is to keep that bait active by constantly popping it and working it like a lure and rule number three is the hardest which is to let them run with it and eat it before setting the hook. Follow these 3 rules and your croaker fishing and catching will improve dramatically. I promise!Lots of Fun!
I have not heard too many good reports coming from the North side of our bay system or the channel. I have made a few trips up North myself to scout around and my typical patterns up there have not yet begun which tells me that things are still behind for the year. The best reports the last few weeks have been coming from the southern portion of the bay system like East Bay, West Bay and Lower Galveston Bay. The channel has been tough to fish mostly because of the weather. Before the rains began in early August I had been getting steady reports of good fishing all along the channel area but since all of the rains have occurred those reports have diminished dramatically. Expect Trinity Bay and that Northern portion of the bay system to bust loose any day now. It just hasn't happened yet.He thought he caught a whale!
We can look forward to some excellent mid bay fishing this month on the many well pads scattered across the bay system. Trinity Bay has dozens of fields scattered with natural gas rigs that are actually mini reefs holding a wide variety of species. A variety of techniques can be used on these pads depending on the fish you want to target. Soaking a live or dead shrimp on the bottom will give you the best opportunity to catch black drum, flounder, sheepshead and possibly redfish. These fish tend to stay tight to the actual rig itself so make sure and anchor up close enough that you can fish right next to the well. Steady Bite all Month
Your other approach to the wells are drifting with artificials or live shrimp under a popping cork. These techniques are most effective for chasing speckled trout and redfish. In the mornings I like to start deep so either a 3/8 oz jig for plastics or a long leader under your popping cork is what I start with. As the day progresses the fish will tend to rise up in the water column and I will adjust my tackle appropriately. Pulling up to a well and just anchoring up is not an effective way to find fish. Make sure and drift by well pads and find out where those fish are at. Once you find them then you can anchor up on them but if you pull up and anchor down without fishing the entire area around the well you just might miss them. Excited!
Look for the fish to move towards shallower waters as the month of October approaches. Shorelines and shallow flats are my main target of choice as September gives way to October. Shorelines to target will be Trinity Bay's Eastern shoreline along with East Bay's northern shoreline and in West Bay that North shoreline will turn on also. Roaming schools of trout and redfish can be found under gulls and also by looking for large areas of slicks. Once you know what to look for the fish give themselves away and become easy targets. This can produce some of the best fishing of the year if you are in the right place at the right time. Look for outgoing tides to begin to produce best results as we approach October.Easy Fishing
I always love September because its getting cooler the fishing has been good for me and the best part of the fishing calendar year is coming up soon.
Take a kid fishing!!!!