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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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October 31, 2013

Late Start to Fall

by Capt Mullet

Fishing has definitely been good. The birds are working and the fish are hungry. But I still think our best fishing is just around the corner with the arrival of a hard blowing front. Our water levels have been high and none of the cold fronts coming thru have done much to lower the water levels. So what we really need is a hard blowing Northwest wind for an extended period of time to really lower the water levels and flush the marshes out. When that happens it should go from good fishing to incredible fishing.

I think the next cold front that pushes out a few feet of water will really get the flounder moving and staging in there typical haunts. Thus sparking a really good flounder bite. I haven't done any flounder fishing just yet but it looks like we will have an extended flounder season this year with the arrival of a later run because of the lack of a good lowering of the water levels to get them going. The peak of flounder season is typically from the the 10th of November till the 5th of December. I am predicting this will be delayed by a week or more.

The birds are working in several locations around our bay system. As usual smaller than normal fish are found under these birds but the action is still hard to pass up. Look for hard outgoing tides and days after fronts to be the best conditions for finding fish under the birds. Do not waste your time or money using live shrimp when bird fishing. Just throw on any durable plastic and a jighead and get after it. Even the worst fishermen can catch them with this rig on a straight retrieve. Trying to get your bait down below to the bottom is your best bet for catching keepers so a heavier jighead like a 3/8 OZ is what I use. Color does not matter but durability of your plastic does. Using softer plastics like bass assasins or Big Nasty's voodoo shad is a waste of good baits. Save them for wadefishing or fishing for bigger fish. What you need is a durable bait like a Norton Sand Eel jr., TTF trout killer or TTF Hackberry Hustler for best results.

A lot of anglers are headed to the deer lease in November and are missing the best month of the year. Make sure and take advantage of this and get out there as much as you can this month because it doesn't get any better than November fishing!!!

Take a kid fishing!!

October 02, 2013

Fall is in the Air!

by Capt Mullet

The dog days of summer are over and we are now getting in to the best season of the year to be on the water. We have a lot to look forward to this fall including bird activity, the flounder run, the beginning of wading season and just plain excellent fishing.

I love kidfishing!!

The birds have started to show up in spurts already near areas of freshwater drainage sheds and lakes. Outgoing tides are best but don't plan on targeting the birds just yet. It will take a few more weeks and some major cold fronts to pull those shrimp out of the marsh en mass to get the major bird activity going. Fishing the birds is not always a no brainer. Stealth is the key. If you find yourself pulling up to a set of birds and they dissipate quickly then you know that you were too loud and you will need to drift or troll in from a farther distance. If the fish are skittish then sometimes you will never be able to get on them. Plastics that are very durable are your best bet to throw under the birds. I prefer a Glo Norton Sand Eel Jr. as my go to bait for fishing the birds but any plastic will work like a TTF Hackberry Hustler or Trout Killer. The key is having a hard durable bait that will catch lots of fish without having to change it every other fish. Stay away from throwing softer baits like Bass Assassins and Big Nasty's. These are excellent products but you don't want to catch one fish per plastic and waste them on a feeding frenzy of smaller fish so to speak. Typical areas to look for birds will be Trinity Bay, Tabbs Bay, Clear Lake, West Bay and East Bay.

Low pressure redfish!

We have already had a few small cold fronts hit our area and it seems like after each of these fronts we end up catching a flounder or 2. So the migration is starting and it is time to be prepared. When I am targeting flounder I prefer a heavier jighead like a 1/4 or 3/8 oz. The idea is to maintain constant contact with the ground. Any plastic or spoon will catch flounder but I prefer a white or glo Berkley gulp shrimp. The 4 inch version is the one I use exclusively. A stiff rod is needed for those very hard hook sets needed to pierce the bony mouth of a flounder. Live bait is not needed but if you have kids or someone inexperienced a tandem rig will be a good choice for them. Use a 12 inch leader of 30lb test tied on to your leaders swivel and put a very sharp #6 treble hook with a live shrimp on it and this will do the trick for the inexperienced. Flounder season is my absolute favorite 3-4 weeks of the year. If you have never specifically targeted flounder then you should try it this year. I promise you that it will be a blast!! Areas along shorelines, walls, rocks, drainages and the intracoastal canal are all good places to look for flatfish. Dragging the bottom until you feel that flounder thump is the best way to catch them. A small count of 3 before you rip there lips off with a very hard hookset will cause the hook to penetrate and keep them from spitting the hook at the last minute.

Nice Flounder up against the wall!

Trout and redfish seem to be everywhere from October thru November and targeting them on live bait like a shrimp and popping cork is just as effective as using plastics and topwater lures. Clear Lake, Trinity Bay, East Bay and West Bay all seem to shine during these 2 magical months. As cooler temps arrive the fish tend to pull out of their deeper haunts and look for shallower venues like shorelines and reefs. They leave their deeper holes because water temperatures become more comfortable for them. Shallow flats offer better feeding opportunities also. The lack of a large water column means their pray can not escape as easily with less water to "swim away from the predators chasing them".

Future fishing guide!

Wadefishing the shallow flats will get good again soon. At the time of this posting we are still early in the wading season but as fronts come thru and water temperatures drop wadefishing becomes the best way to not only catch larger female trout but also to find schools and really work them over without spooking them. Large female trout do not get big because they are dumb. Somehow they have learned earlier in life that boat noise and hull slaps mean danger and they stay clear of these dangerous vibrations and pressures they feel in the water with their lateral lines. The wadefishermen will typically be like a hunter stalking his pray by silently moving thru the water making fan casts while keeping his eyes and ears open for signs of feeding fish. Looking for slicks, boils and nervous bait is the main focus of the angler who is aware of his environment and in the "zone". Wadefishing is an art and like any type of fishing it takes experience on the water to master its skills and techniques. Being focused on what is going on in the natural environment around you is the key in my opinion to recognize what is happening and becoming a good wadefishermen.

The Mother Lode!!

Take a kid fishing. The future of our sport relies on it!
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