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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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December 24, 2012

Trout Action Heating Up!

by Capt Mullet

Cold weather fishing is by far my favorite of the year. Typically the day or two after a front passes the fish are sometimes picky. Not the case these the last few days with specks and reds hanging on the edges of deeper water with that dramatic drop in tide. With water temps hovering from the mid 50's to low 60's these fish are feeling the milder temperatures and the feeding frenzy from fall is continuing.

Last Friday, the morning after that front passed, the tide had dropped about 2.5 to 3 ft. It was super-low! We started out drifting the edges of the ship channel and never had to leave. 4 to 7 ft. was the magic depth. Long leaders (4-5 ft of 30 lb mono) with a small 1/8th oz weight near the hook under a Midcoast Evolution cork has been my setup for the past week.

Beautiful speckled trout!

The trout bite is getting better as our water temps drop and we get more in to a winter fishing pattern. The best bite the last few days has been in the morning and late evening. I had a pair of father and sons on the boat and it was awesome. We caught a ton of undersize specks and also ended up with a few keepers. We did have a swimmer. One of the kids decided to make an extra umph on his cast that sent him overboard. Luckily he had a change of clothes in the car and we just gave him a cool blow drying back to the dock to change and head back out. Luckily the fishing was hot to keep him warm.

Proud dad!

Look for the next few weeks to be excellent fishing. The fish are responding well to artificial lures as well as live bait. Wadefishermen are cleaning up right now. The typical wading areas in West Bay and East Bay are producing right now with East Bay being the better of the two. My recommendation for the walk-in wader at this time is Anahuac National Wildlife Refuge. Just make sure the water is at normal levels and preferably some type of easterly component to the wind. Lower tides are going to put these fish in the canals and bayous so that is where the boaters should be. The Trinity river above the bay is very good right now for specks and reds as well as the San Jacinto river. Canals in East and West Bays will hold fish also. The flounder continue to hang around the ship channel although in depleted numbers compared to November and early December.

Continue to look for great fishing and definitely improved fishing with the onset of a few fronts and some much needed rain to sweeten the bays. See you on the water!

December 20, 2012

A December to Remember!

by Capt Mullet

This year's flounder run was awesome. Plenty of big fish and lots of them. The run was still going strong in to the first week of December. We weren't catching them like the week before Thanksgiving but 20 to 30 flounder a day was still easy to do through early December. We caught flounder on almost every flounder rig I had in my box. Gulps caught most of my fish but I did catch a few on Flounder Pounders and I even caught some on the Chicken Boy lures that a client had given me to try out. Actually my first cast with a chicken boy was a 5 lb'er. Go Figure!! For customers who didn't have the skills a tandem rig of gulp and shrimp seemed to do the trick.

For those who are serious about catching trophy flounder then now is the time to go. Some of the biggest flounder of the year are caught during the month of December and January. Don't expect to kill'em but that 8 lb'er is out there waiting for you no doubt. Tight drags, heavy line and fan casting to cover a lot of ground is the key to finding them. I like structure and lots of it. This is definitely not the time to take the kids down to Sea Wolf Park or the Galveston ship channel area to have a great day of floundering. Right now is for the hardcore, trophy chasing, flounder enthusiast only. I will be looking for that 10 lb'er this winter myself.

Mr. Wayne Pedigo was generous enough to purchase one of my donated trips at the West End Anglers Charity Tournament earlier this fall. He had been entered in Chester Moore's Flounder Revolutions Catch photo and release tourney and was hoping for that big girl to weigh-in. Well he got his wish and the last time I spoke to him he told me he ended up in a respectable 5th place. Wayne was a really good fishermen and a big flounder enthusiast like myself. His big flounder shown above was 24 3/4 inches long but a little skinny which is why she only weighed a little over 6 pounds.

I love pictures of important firsts in fishing. The pic above is his first flounder and first time using artificial lures. A 5 lb. doormat is extremely impressive for his first ever!

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