Stepping it up in May

A nglers in every major bay system along the Texas Coast should be excited that the month of May has arrived.

Sabine Lake is no exception. We will reap the benefits of the ever-increasing water temperatures and stable weather conditions that come with late spring.

With summer knocking on the door, our beloved ecosystem is beginning to open itself up with options a’plenty for serious rod bending action from the marsh to the Gulf of Mexico. The lake should be primed and ready.

The rocks on the North Revetment of Pleasure Island is a good place to start. Throwing topwaters early on calm mornings can pay off in a big way. Incoming tides should be your best bet, but as long as you’ve got moving water you should be in business.

Bone or pink Skitter Walks are tough to beat as topwater choices. Soft plastics rigged under a popping cork is also a deadly combination.

Another proven area for trout and reds, as well as some bonus flounder is the shoreline from Willow Bayou all the way to Blue Buck Point. Soft plastics rigged with 1/8 or 1/4 ounce lead heads as well as topwaters and plastics under a cork, will get the job done. Again, a moving tide will greatly enhance your chances.

Glow and Glow/Chartreuse soft plastics are hard to beat in pretty water. If the water is murky, darker colors such as Root Beer and Red Shad will get better results.

The action should be equally as exciting south of the causeway. The jetty bite always seems to catapult to a different level during this month. It seems to go from pretty consistent to phenomenal almost overnight.

Bring your entire arsenal of baits because the fish will seek and destroy everything from spoons to topwaters. If live bait is what you prefer, simply anchor off on a rock pile or washout. Fish finder rigs work well, as do popping corks with about three feet of leader. A 3/0 Kahle hook should be perfect for this set up.

Chances are you won’t have time to put your rod down, but if you do, make sure that it’s secure in a rod holder. You don’t want to be one of the many people that have lost expensive rods and reels to these cold-blooded thieves.

Anglers who choose hard or soft imitations should do well by trolling down the wall. Cast close to the rocks and work your lure all the way back to the boat. It helps to vary your retrieve so you can determine where the fish are.




Location: Keith Lake (Fish Pass)

Species: Trout, Redfish, Flounder

Baits/Lures: Live mud minnows, finger mullet

Best Times: Early and late with moving tides

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