I t is March and for fishermen up and down the coast that means more and more angling opportunities should slowly begin to pop up.
Although it’s impossible to predict what type of weather conditions we’re going to have from week to week, you can bet there will be at least a few mild, warm days mixed in with some late winter-type conditions. One thing we can predict with some degree of accuracy, is the wind will probably be howling from one direction or another.
If you get the opportunity to take advantage of some of the milder, fishable days, I highly recommend it. For a lot of people, myself included, there is much more to it than just catching fish in March. In fact, catching fish consistently this month is anything but a guarantee.
With the exception of those days that spawn lifelong memories of getting bit every cast, the unpredictable weather that accompanies March means you’re probably going to have to work a little harder than you’d like to put a successful pattern together. But this month comes with a promise—a promise of new life, warmth, and good things to come. It reminds us that spring conditions are right around the corner and summer is not far behind.
The big tides of March push water deep into places we haven’t been able to reach in a while. New hatches of shrimp and baitfish will ride these tides and begin to rejuvenate the entire system. From the gulf to the back lakes these signs of new life will be obvious.
As the water temperature slowly begins its ascent up the thermometer, more and more young of the year shad, mullet and shrimp will lead anglers to the Big 3 as well as an assortment of other species. The fish’s metabolism will increase with the water temps and they will begin feeding more aggressively and often. Trout and redfish should begin to gang up on the eastern side of the lake as we progress through the month and the water continues to warm.
As you work the bank, keep an eye out for birds working over the new recruits of shrimp on the south end of the lake from Blue Buck Point to Pleasure Island Marina. Flounders are also slowly making their way back from the gulf and can be intercepted in ship channels and passes. Fishing points in the Sabine Neches Waterway is an excellent place to start.
GULP! Shrimp and Swimming Mullet are great choices for plastics when dragged slowly along the bottom. Live mud minnows and finger mullet should also produce serious results. The mouth and eastern shoreline of East Pass can also be red hot for flounder, especially later in the month.
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Location: Logan Park Marina (Pleasure Island)
Species: Flounder, black drum, croaker
Baits/Lures: Curl tail grubs, mud minnows, fresh dead shrimp
Best Times: Incoming tides
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