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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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February 28, 2013

Take the good with the bad!

by Capt Mullet

Fishing this month continues to be solid but definitely not off the charts just yet. For every 3 or 4 trips on the water there is always a tough day in there where the fish don't want to cooperate. But don't give up hope just yet. Spring is on its way and warmer water temps will put these fish in a much more aggressive mood.

That smile says it all!!

We just need a little warm weather to get a good feeding frenzy to take place over the shallow flats of our areas. The last 2 weekends have been fun but we have had to work hard for our fish.

Quality time with a dad and his son!

Specks have been showing up in all different areas and moving around steadily. Thankfully we have had some decent winds to keep us covering ground and locating schools. Lots of black drum have been caught in the 2 to 35 pound range. Flounder have been rare and usually undersize but we have been catching about 1 to 3 a day and if we are lucky 1 might make it in the box.

Very special time with dad!

The redfish haven't been around as much these past two weekends with only 1 or 2 hitting the cleaning table each trip. We have run in to a several schools of rat reds which are fun to catch but they won't fill up the box till next year.

We are still in that wintertime pattern where the fish want to be hanging around thick mud and shell. 1/4 oz jig heads and soft plastics like the Mrs Trout Killer in Morning Glory have done very well in 4-8 ft water depth. For live bait the standard popping cork and shrimp has been working well for catching the big 5.

Spring Break is just around the corner so make sure and take a kid fishing. They deserve it!!!

February 10, 2012

Early February Report

by Capt Mullet

Not a lot of days on the water this past week with rain hampering almost all of my trips. Really can't complain about the rain since it is so desperately needed here in Texas. Wednesday and Thursday were scouting mission preparing for future trips I have to admit that fishing has not been very good this year so far and all of this rain has just wiped out my patterns in the upper portions of Galveston Bay. After talking to a few guides it seemed that the only ones catching fish were doing so way up in creeks and back lakes so that was the plan. Capt Robert Liebert and myself launched around noon on Wednesday and decided to hit some back bay areas that most people do not fish and it was crazy good. I think we had a our first fish on the 3rd cast and it was almost every cast or every other cast for 100 yards. Whenever we are scouting we don't like to sit there and hammer them out. So we moved on to the next spot and it was the same thing. Lots of trout being caught. The key was finding the right water depth. Fishing in 3 ft of water wouldn't produce a bite but as soon as we would hit that 4 ft depth it was on.

We hit a few more spots in the back lakes and caught fish on every stop. Not a lot of keepers in the other spots but plenty of bites. We hit some areas in the open bay without a bite. The next day we wanted to come up with plan B and we hit a totally different area but with the same environment. A shallow back lake with a few areas that held the magic depth of 4 feet. We made a few long drifts in areas of 3 ft without a bite. But again as soon as we hit the right depth it was on again.

We ended up doing 2 drifts thru a very small area and caught 11 trout 3 rat reds and a 5 pound freshwater cat. That sucker came up on the surface like a big trout does just thrashing on the surface and we were both excited to see it. I was scrambling for the net as Robert was struggling to get this fish close to the boat. We were both thinking that it was huge trout since it was like a bulldog making hard runs away from the boat. He got it close to the boat and I slipped the net under it and we couldn't believe what we were seeing. A 5 pound freshwater catfish! Right in the middle of all of those specks. Fishing has been on and off since then. One day we get'em good and the next day they are nowhere to be found. Spring is almost here so just keep grinding because conditions have to get better sooner or later. This rain has kept me off the water with lots of canceled trips. Dirty water and lower salinities are pushing those fish southward toward the gulf. West bay should be turning on with all of this rain but I am not hearing good things yet about that bay system. East Bay is fair at best for drift fishing The anglers doing best are the wadefishermen. Late afternoon continues to show the best results but if you can find a big quantity of fish you should be able to catch them all day long. Things are bound to change over very soon so keep on chunkin. Tight Lines

January 05, 2012

Good Winter Fishing Continues

by Capt. Craig Lambert

These mild conditions have continued now thru early January and the the water temps are hovering in the mid 50's.

December 09, 2011

"Winter Tactics"

by Capt.Craig Lambert

Time to get those warm winter clothes out and get ready for some of the best fishing of the year. This last cold spell has brought our water temps down to the mid-50's with lower water levels. Because of those conditions West Galveston Bay becomes a great fishing destination to target the "Big 3".
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