by Capt Craig Lambert
The first week of October has been a bust but I guarantee you the end of October will go out with a bang! That small front that hit last week brought in some really nice weather but it also shut down the bite. But finally now that the wind has shifted back to the East and Southeast conditions are starting to improve again. WHAT A FIGHTER!!
October is redfish month here on the gulf coast. The bull reds come in to the beaches, passes and jetties to spawn and continue their evolutionary cycle of life. Anglers using fresh crab, croakers and large live shrimp as bait are doing very well. Places like Feenor Flats, the concrete ship, Sea Wolf Park and of course the North and South Jetties are prime areas to find these larger than average brutes. Use a large enough weight to keep your bait on the bottom and in the strike zone. FAT TROUT!
Speckled trout fishing went from great to just OK overnight with that small front last week but expect large changes to occur very soon. Typically the first of October is still warm but soon that water temperature starts to drop and the fish respond by going to shallow flats and to shorelines in search of easy prey. A small amount of bird activity will occur this month but typically with small fish underneath them. We will need a major front with a strong Northwest wind to really kick in the bird activity and that may not happen for a few more weeks. Although Trinity Bay and the northern portions of the bay have been surprisingly slow expect a constant trickle of fish to begin their migration northward. I LOVE FLATTIES!!!
Weather and tides are both going to be an important part of fishing these next few weeks so understanding what to look for will definitely improve your box. As November approaches I prefer to concentrate on outgoing tides. Incoming tides will produce but the best bite is typically on the outgoing. Wind and rain is the weather pattern I prefer. Yes you heard me right. Sunny days with high pressure and blue bird skies are for pleasure boaters and sun bathers. Fishing weather is low pressure with foggy, soupy, drizzly or rainy conditions. These are the days where fish tend to become very aggressive and will eat everything in sight. These are the days I get excited about. Dress properly and the weather won't have any affect on you the angler. There is no crying about weather in fishing. THE JACK CREVALLE ARE EVERYWHERE THIS MONTH
We have been catching a few Jack Crevalle every week and they are a lot of fun. Being that they are some of the strongest fish in the bay system it takes a while to land these hard fighting fish. Wearing them down by constant pressure is your best bet on such light tackle. Since we are not targeting these fish landing them on a trout rod is quite an accomplishment. Be prepared for a 30 to 60 minute battle but what a battle it is. THE TEXAS SLAM!!!
October is finally here and look for fishing to absolutely "bust loose" by the end of the month!
Take a kid fishing!!!!