HOTSPOTS: Saltwater – May

HOTSPOTS: Freshwater – May
April 25, 2018
COASTAL FOCUS: Lower Coast – May
April 25, 2018

UPPER TEXAS COAST

LOCATION: West Matagorda Bay
HOTSPOT: Golds Bayou
GPS: N 28 35.328, W 96 2.286
(28.5888, -96.0381)

Golds Bayou

Golds Bayou

SPECIES: Speckled Trout
BEST BAITS: Small soft plastics in a translucent color
CONTACT: Capt. Kendall Kersh
979-248-1871
[email protected]
www.puresaltadventures.com
TIPS: During the month of May Capt. Kersh is wading two to three feet of water looking for trout.

LOCATION: Galveston East Bay
HOTSPOT: Deep Reef
GPS: N 29 30.802, W 94 40.581
(29.5134, -94.6764)

Deep Reef

Deep Reef

SPECIES: Speckled Trout
BEST BAITS: Live shrimp, live croaker or live Piggy Perch
CONTACT: Capt. Mike Williams
713-256-9260
[email protected]
www.galvestonfishinguides.com
TIPS: “There should be some outstanding fishing around the reefs the around the water flowing in from around the jetties…the near entrance reefs. Use a popping cork with live shrimp under it.” Capt. Williams

LOCATION: Galveston East Bay
HOTSPOT: North Jetty
GPS: N 29 21.352, W 94 43.15
(29.3559, -94.7192)

North Jetty

North Jetty

SPECIES: Speckled Trout

BEST BAITS: Live shrimp, live croaker or live Piggy Perch
CONTACT: Capt. Mike Williams
713-256-9260
[email protected]
www.galvestonfishinguides.com
TIPS: Fishing the jetties: “Free line a live croaker or piggy perch. Add a small split shot weight. Upgrade your hook to a #4 or #6 treble hook.

LOCATION: Galveston Trinity Bay
HOTSPOT: Dollar Reef
GPS: N 29 26.339, W 94 52.356
(29.4390, -94.8726)

Dollar Reef

Dollar Reef

SPECIES: Speckled Trout
BEST BAITS: Live shrimp, live croaker or live Piggy Perch
CONTACT: Capt. Mike Williams
713-256-9260
[email protected]
www.galvestonfishinguides.com
TIPS: Capt. Williams says the best fishing along the jetties is from boat cut out, along the Gulf side.

LOCATION: Galveston West Bay
HOTSPOT: San Luis Pass Flats
GPS: N 29 04.584, W 95 07.131
(29.076405, -95.118847)

San Luis Pass Flats

San Luis Pass Flats

SPECIES: Speckled Trout
BEST BAITS: Live shrimp, live croaker or live Piggy Perch
CONTACT: Capt. Mike Williams
713-256-9260
[email protected]
www.galvestonfishinguides.com
TIPS: Capt. Williams prefers the Bass Assassin soft plastics in a pink/pearl, chartreuse/pearl, or chartreuse//gold along with a 1/8 oz. jig head.

LOCATION: West Matagorda Bay
HOTSPOT: Greens Bayou
GPS: N 28 31.094, W 96 12.617
(28.5182, -96.2103)

Greens Bayou

Greens Bayou

SPECIES: Speckled Trout
BEST BAITS: Small soft plastics in a translucent color
CONTACT: Capt. Kendall Kersh
979-248-1871
[email protected]
www.puresaltadventures.com
TIPS: “Focus on finding bait activity…no activity you usually are not going to catch any fish.” Capt. Kersh

LOCATION: West Matagorda Bay
HOTSPOT: Maverick Bayou
GPS: N 28 34.592, W 96 3.625
(28.5765, -96.0604)

Maverick Bayou

Maverick Bayou

SPECIES: Speckled Trout
BEST BAITS: Small soft plastics in a translucent color
CONTACT: Capt. Kendall Kersh
979-248-1871
[email protected]
www.puresaltadventures.com
TIPS: Capt. Kersh’s favorite soft plastic color is the Down South White ice. “I use something a little more translucent keying in on the grass. Use a 1/8 oz. jig head.”

LOCATION: Sabine
HOTSPOT: Jetty Tower
GPS: N 29 39.314, W 93 49.872
(29.6552, -93.8312)

Jetty Tower

Jetty Tower

SPECIES: Speckled Trout
BEST BAITS: Live shrimp, live croaker or live Piggy Perch
CONTACT: Capt. Mike Williams
713-256-9260
[email protected]
www.galvestonfishinguides.com
TIPS: Silver or gold Johnson Sprites and either the 51m704, 51m54 or 51mshp MirrOlures will take their share of trout in May.

 

MIDDLE TEXAS COAST

LOCATION: Copano Bay
HOTSPOT: 40 Acre Reef
GPS: N 28 4.543, W 97 11.209
(28.0757, -97.1868)

40 Acre Reef

40 Acre Reef

SPECIES: Speckled Trout and Redfish
BEST BAITS: Live Croaker or Cut Mullet
CONTACT: Capt. Scott McCune
361-563-8862
[email protected]
www.thesaltwatercowboy.com
TIPS: “Early in May if we can find live shrimp, we will be fishing shrimp in the potholes.” Capt. McCune

LOCATION: Aransas Bay
HOTSPOT: South Bay
GPS: N 27 54.282, W 97 3.254
(27.9047, -97.0542)

South Bay

South Bay

SPECIES: Speckled Trout and Redfish
BEST BAITS: Live Croaker or Cut Mullet
CONTACT: Capt. Scott McCune
361-563-8862
[email protected]
www.thesaltwatercowboy.com
TIPS: If it’s not windy I will be in deeper water areas going for trout, and redfish second.

LOCATION: Corpus Christi Bay
HOTSPOT: Corpus Christi Bay Wells
GPS: N 27 44.764, W 97 11.141
(27.7461, -97.1857)

Corpus Christi Bay Wells

Corpus Christi Bay Wells

SPECIES: Speckled Trout and Redfish
BEST BAITS: Live Croaker or Cut Mullet
CONTACT: Capt. Scott McCune
361-563-8862
[email protected]
www.thesaltwatercowboy.com
TIPS: Capt. McCune is Carolina rigging croaker or shrimp, consisting of a small sliding egg weight and a Kahle hook.

LOCATION: Redfish Bay
HOTSPOT: Lydia Ann Channel
GPS: N 27 51.11, W 97 3.298
(27.8518, -97.0550)

Lydia Ann Channel

Lydia Ann Channel

SPECIES: Speckled Trout and Redfish
BEST BAITS: Live Croaker or Cut Mullet
CONTACT: Capt. Scott McCune
361-563-8862
[email protected]
www.thesaltwatercowboy.com
TIPS: Heavy winds: “I’d be fishing for trout first on windy days, unless I’m on a big redfish school.” Capt. McCune

LOCATION: Redfish Bay
HOTSPOT: East Flats
GPS: N 27 48.991, W 97 7.139
(27.8165, -97.1190)

East Flats

East Flats

SPECIES: Speckled Trout and Redfish
BEST BAITS: Live Croaker or Cut Mullet
CONTACT: Capt. Scott McCune
361-563-8862
[email protected]
www.thesaltwatercowboy.com
TIPS: Capt. McCune’s go to bait in May is live croaker, but if he is on a good redfish bite, he will use dead mullet.

LOCATION: San Antonio Bay
HOTSPOT: Cedar Point
GPS: N 28 14.184, W 96 39.659
(28.2364, -96.6610)

San Antonio Bay Cedar Point

San Antonio Bay Cedar Point

SPECIES: Speckled Trout
BEST BAITS: Soft Plastics
CONTACT: Capt. Nathan Beabout
210-452-9680
[email protected]
nmsportsmansadventures.com
TIPS: Capt. Beabout’s favorite soft plastic colors are Strawberry Wine and Pumpkin Seed fished with a 1/8 oz. jig head. “Vary the retrieve until you find what the fish want.”

LOCATION: Upper Laguna Madre
HOTSPOT: Yarborough Flats
GPS: N 27 18.447, W 97 26.293
(27.3075, -97.4382)

Yarborough Flats

Yarborough Flats

SPECIES: Speckled Trout
BEST BAITS: Live Croaker
CONTACT: Capt. Daniel Land
361-876-7610
[email protected]
TIPS: “Gulp, free lined along the flats will also work for the redfish.” Capt. Land

 

 

LOWER TEXAS COAST

LOCATION: Baffin Bay
HOTSPOT: Kennedy Shoreline
GPS: N 27 14.567, W 97 25.459
(27.2428, -97.4243)

Kennedy Shoreline

Kennedy Shoreline

SPECIES: Speckled Trout
BEST BAITS: Live Croaker or Live Shrimp
CONTACT: Capt. Daniel Land
361-876-7610
[email protected]
TIPS: “The trout will start feeding on live croaker in May. Hook the croaker by the anal fin. Live shrimp under a popping cork over deep rocks works well.” Capt. Land

LOCATION: Baffin Bay
HOTSPOT: Kieberg Point Rocks
GPS: N 27 17.337, W 97 35.202
(27.2890, -97.5867)

Kieberg Point Rocks

Kieberg Point Rocks

SPECIES: Speckled Trout
BEST BAITS: Live Croaker or Live Shrimp
CONTACT: Capt. Daniel Land
361-876-7610
[email protected]
TIPS: “Freeline the croaker using a Bay Finger Chatter weight.” Capt. Land usually has a foot-long leader under the cork, but it all depends the depth of the water being fished. “You want just enough leader length to keep the bait off the bottom.”

 

CCA S.T.A.R.

CCA S.T.A.R.

 

LOCATION: Baffin Bay
HOTSPOT: South Shore Rocks
GPS: N 27 14.436, W 97 33.568
(27.2406, -97.5595)

South Shore Rocks

South Shore Rocks

SPECIES: Speckled Trout
BEST BAITS: Live Croaker
CONTACT: Capt. Daniel Land
361-876-7610
[email protected]
TIPS: “Berkley Gulp, white, under the popping cork will work if live shrimp are not available.” Capt. Land

LOCATION: Baffin Bay
HOTSPOT: The Badlands
GPS: N 27 12.779, W 97 23.85
(27.2130, -97.3975)

The Badlands

The Badlands

SPECIES: Speckled Trout
BEST BAITS: Live Croaker
CONTACT: Capt. Daniel Land
361-876-7610
[email protected]
TIPS: “I typically use 6/0 Mustad croaker hook when using croaker. Give a spot about 15-30 minutes. If you don’t have a taker by then move on.” Capt. Land

 

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