Capt. Paul Marcaccio who normally fishes the Galveston bay system reports bad weather along his part of the coast. “I fished Port O’Connor Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday and it was not good. We had seven inches of rain at Port O’Connor Tuesday morning in a 2 ½ hour span. My boat was sitting at the customer’s dock, a fish house on the ICW. I was concerned my trailer was going to float off. Water was about 2/3 the way up the trailer tires sitting in the parking lot across the street.”
In Galveston, Marcaccio was catching 18 inch trout when he did go out.
Is the Galveston system muddy? “Yes it’s fresh on top and muddy. The surface water is about a foot fresh and off colored, but the fish are down suspended in 5-7 feet of water. Go down a little deeper with soft plastics or live bait.” Right now, Marcaccio recommends East Bay and concentrate your fishing efforts on the south shoreline.
Capt. Royce Macha says that the present fishing in Port O’Connor has been pretty good, catching trout up to 22-23 inches. “Limits have been caught on a few days, but right now we are doing more running and dodging storms.” In Port O’Connor the water is not affected that much by water runoff from passing storms.
The trout are hitting Skitter Walks and soft plastics in Pumpkin Seed with chartreuse tails. Macha is wading and casting to the sand pockets.
Capt. Tommy Countz in Matagorda says there’s bait everywhere in West Bay. Water conditions are good. “The Colorado got a bunch of water, but normally it pushes the fresh water back on the north part of the bay,” said Countz. “The south shoreline isn’t affected that much. Even when the water is flushing in you will get out of it in about three miles. You will see a distinct line where you see the saltwater/freshwater is divided. It can be beneficial because it pushes the bait out and they congregate. It can make for some pretty good fishing.”
Capt. Adam Jaynes says fishing in Sabine Lake is pretty terrible right now. Water is fresh and muddy.
But on the jetty it’s a different story. “We are wearing the redfish out right now, but not everybody wants to go do that,” said Jaynes. “We can go to the jetties and catch all the bull redfish you want to catch, and there is a bunch of big Jacks mixed in.
“If I find where the fish are schooled up we will anchor on them and catch them with soft plastics.”
Jaynes and his clients are throwing Wedgetails, a soft plastic swim bait on a 1/4 or 3/8 ounce jig head, swimming them down the rocks.
Capt. Bill Watkins echoes Jaynes description of the water conditions in Sabine Lake—very muddy. “Fish are scattered and you have to cover a lot of water to catch fish. When they feed they might come in shallow just for a short time, but most of the trout and reds that we have caught have been out in 5-6 feet of water.”
Bright colored lures are recommended, something that the fish can locate. Limetreuse and white are good colors. “Swim tail baits are catching a little better now. The rat tail baits are working okay, but the paddle tails are working better.
“One of my better lures right now is a MirrOlure MirrOdyne. They are hammering that thing in a blue/yellow/pearl color. It’s a slow sinker, imitates the little pogy that are coming into the lake now. It has a tight wiggle and a rattle in it. It’s a match the hatch lure.