HOTSPOTS: Saltwater – June

HOTSPOTS: Freshwater – June
May 25, 2018
COASTAL FORECAST: Lower Coast – June
May 25, 2018

UPPER TEXAS COAST

LOCATION: East Matagorda Bay
HOTSPOT: Raymond Shoal
GPS: N 28 40.449, W 95 53.898
(28.6742, -95.8983)

Raymond Shoal

Raymond Shoal

SPECIES: Speckled Trout
BEST BAITS: Soft plastic shrimp tails
CONTACT: Capt. Tommy Countz
281-450-4037
[email protected]
www.matagordafishing.com
TIPS: “Raymond Shoal area … a group of reefs on the west end of the bay, out in the middle…look for bait and slicks. Instead of wading, you are drifting in your boat looking for trout.” Capt. Countz

LOCATION: East Matagorda Bay
HOTSPOT: Bird Island
GPS: N 28 43.86, W 95 45.617
(28.7310, -95.7603)

Bird Island

Bird Island

SPECIES: Speckled Trout
BEST BAITS: Soft plastic shrimp tails with 1/8 – 1/16 oz jig head
CONTACT: Capt. Tommy Countz
281-450-4037
[email protected]
www.matagordafishing.com
TIPS: Capt. Countz’s favorite colors in the MirrOlure soft plastics are glow/chartreuse tail, Purple Demon.

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: Soft plastic shrimp tails
CONTACT: Capt. Paul Marcaccio
281-788-4041
[email protected]
gofishgalveston.com
TIPS: “Attack the wells with a systematic drift over one side as well as the other side. If you don’t get a fish or a hookup, then move on to the next well.” Capt. Marcaccio

Flambeau

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LOCATION: Galveston East Bay
HOTSPOT: Richards Reef
GPS: N 29 31.408, W 94 44.276
(29.5235, -94.7379)

Richards Reef

Richards Reef

SPECIES: Speckled Trout
BEST BAITS: Soft plastic shrimp tails
CONTACT: Capt. Paul Marcaccio
281-788-4041
[email protected]
gofishgalveston.com
TIPS: “Every well in Trinity Bay have fish on them. There is a tremendous amount of shell both on the front and back side of the well. Tide movement is a plus.” Capt. Marcaccio

LOCATION: Galveston East Bay
HOTSPOT: Lakies Pass
GPS: N 29 28.471, W 94 43.251
(29.4745, -94.7209)

Lakies Pass

Lakies Pass

SPECIES: Speckled Trout
BEST BAITS: Soft plastic shrimp tails
CONTACT: Capt. Paul Marcaccio
281-788-4041
[email protected]
gofishgalveston.com
TIPS: “Fish only feed on three things … sight, sound and smell. Colors that present more of a contrast to the fish, or reflection catch more fish.” Capt. Marcaccio

LOCATION: Galveston Trinity Bay
HOTSPOT: Sun Oil Gas Wells
GPS: N 29 38.932, W 94 48.436
(29.6489, -94.8073)

Sun Oil Gas Wells

Sun Oil Gas Wells

SPECIES: Speckled Trout
BEST BAITS: Topwater baits
CONTACT: Capt. Paul Marcaccio
281-788-4041
[email protected]
gofishgalveston.com
TIPS: “Downsize your bait size … She Pups, Baby Spooks, Skitter Walks. Slower retrieve.” Capt. Marcaccio

LOCATION: Galveston Trinity Bay
HOTSPOT: Exxon C Lease Wells
GPS: N 29 40.446, W 94 45.579
(29.6741, -94.7597)

Exxon C Lease Wells

Exxon C Lease Wells

SPECIES: Speckled Trout
BEST BAITS: Soft plastic shrimp tails
CONTACT: Capt. Paul Marcaccio
281-788-4041
[email protected]
gofishgalveston.com
TIPS: “Know your shorelines. As you approach, look for drains and bayous, ambush points on incoming and outgoing tides. Outgoing is probably the most effective.” Capt. Marcaccio

LOCATION: Matagorda Surf
HOTSPOT: Surf
GPS: N 28 35.569, W 95 59.268
(28.5928, -95.9878)

Matagorda Surf

Matagorda Surf

SPECIES: Speckled Trout
BEST BAITS: Soft plastic shrimp tails
CONTACT: Capt. Tommy Countz
281-450-4037
[email protected]
www.matagordafishing.com
TIPS: “Anytime you get a light northwest wind that slicks off the surf, you are missing a good time to wade the beach, catching trout. Same thing … look for bait activity, birds diving, slicks. Action can be fast and furious.” Capt. Countz

Texas Rattlin' Rigs

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LOCATION: Sabine Lake
HOTSPOT: Causeway Reef
GPS: N 29 47.221, W 93 55.919
(29.7870, -93.9320)

Causeway Reef

Causeway Reef

SPECIES: Speckled Trout
BEST BAITS: Soft plastic shrimp tails
CONTACT: Capt. Adam Jaynes
409-988-3901
[email protected]
www.justfishsabine.com
TIPS: “Best baits are Wedgetails and Trout Killers. If we get any freshwater runoff, move out to the jetty.” Capt. Jaynes

LOCATION: West Matagorda Bay
HOTSPOT: Greens Bayou
GPS: N 28 29.738, W 96 13.565
(28.4956, -96.2261)

Greens Bayou

Greens Bayou

SPECIES: Speckled Trout
BEST BAITS: Topwater baits early in the morning
CONTACT: Capt. Tommy Countz
281-450-4037
[email protected]
www.matagordafishing.com
TIPS: “Wading, throw topwaters early up along the shoreline, working the tide. Look for drains, or work subtle structure changes in the bottom.” Capt. Countz

Fishing Tackle Unlimited

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

Cottons Bayou

Cottons Bayou

SPECIES: Speckled Trout
BEST BAITS: Soft plastic shrimp tails later in the morning
CONTACT: Capt. Tommy Countz
281-450-4037
[email protected]
www.matagordafishing.com
TIPS: Capt. Countz likes a small soft plastic such as the MirrOlure Lil John, rigged on a 1/16 oz. jjg head. “If you’re wading in two or three feet of water a light jig head keeps the bait from sinking really quick.” Capt. Countz

 

MIDDLE TEXAS COAST

LOCATION: Copano Bay
HOTSPOT: Northwest Shoreline
GPS: N 28 8.618, W 97 7.718
(28.1436, -97.1286)

Northwest Shoreline

Northwest Shoreline

SPECIES: Black Drum
BEST BAITS: Dead Shrimp under a popping cork
CONTACT: Capt. Jack McPartland
361-290-6302
[email protected]
treble-j-charters.com
TIPS: “If you find a drum school or pod diving deep or moving away when you get ready to cast to them, you are too close. This is a good time to add the light jig heads to get extra distance on your casts.” Capt. McPartland

Master Marine

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LOCATION: Copano Bay
HOTSPOT: West Copano Shoreline
GPS: N 28 7.346, W 97 10.014
(28.1224, -97.1669)

West Copano Shoreline

West Copano Shoreline

SPECIES: Black Drum
BEST BAITS: Dead Shrimp under a popping cork
CONTACT: Capt. Jack McPartland
361-290-6302
[email protected]
treble-j-charters.com
TIPS: Capt. Jack does not use a swivel to attach his leader line to the reel line. He ties the two together with an Albright knot.

LOCATION: Corpus Christi Bay
HOTSPOT: Portland Shoreline
GPS: N 27 52.772, W 97 16.552
(27.8795, -97.2759)

Portland Shoreline

Portland Shoreline

SPECIES: Speckled Trout
BEST BAITS: Free lined live croaker
CONTACT: Capt. Tommy Countz
281-450-4037
[email protected]
www.matagordafishing.com
TIPS: Free line a live croaker in grass bed pockets

Bernie's Boats & Motors

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LOCATION: Port Aransas
HOTSPOT: California Hole
GPS: N 27 55.561, W 97 4.848
(27.9260, -97.0808)

California Hole

California Hole

SPECIES: Black Drum
BEST BAITS: Dead Shrimp under a popping cork
CONTACT: Capt. Jack McPartland
361-290-6302
[email protected]
treble-j-charters.com
TIPS: “Dead shrimp is the best bait, free lines on a # 6 Kayle hook.” Capt. McPartland

LOCATION: Port Aransas
HOTSPOT: Aransas Channel
GPS: N 27 52.401, W 97 5.366
(27.8734, -97.0894)

Aransas Channel

Aransas Channel

SPECIES: Black Drum
BEST BAITS: Dead Shrimp under a popping cork
CONTACT: Capt. Jack McPartland
361-290-6302
[email protected]
treble-j-charters.com
TIPS: Normally Capt. Jack does not use any added weight on his free lining rig. But if he needs a little more distance he will go with a 1/8 or 1/16 jig head to use with the dead shrimp.

LOCATION: Redfish Bay
HOTSPOT: Morris Cummings Cut
GPS: N 27 52.624, W 97 6.866
(27.8771, -97.1144)

Morris Cummings Cut

Morris Cummings Cut

SPECIES: Black Drum
BEST BAITS: Dead Shrimp under a popping cork
CONTACT: Capt. Jack McPartland
361-290-6302
[email protected]
treble-j-charters.com
TIPS: “If the drum are in the cut, and don’t see any pods popping up, take out your map and look for similar looking places.” Capt. McPartland

LOCATION: Upper Laguna Madre
HOTSPOT: Pita Flats
GPS: N 27 35.066, W 97 17.658
(27.5844, -97.2943)

Pita Flats

Pita Flats

SPECIES: Black Drum
BEST BAITS: Dead Shrimp under a popping cork
CONTACT: Capt. Jack McPartland
361-290-6302
[email protected]
treble-j-charters.com
TIPS: The same terminal rigging will work for redfish, but probably cut mullet will work better than dead shrimp.

 

 

LOWER TEXAS COAST

LOCATION: Baffin Bay
HOTSPOT: Tide Gauge Bar
GPS: N 27 18.109, W 97 28.051
(27.3018, -97.4675)

Tide Gauge Bar

Tide Gauge Bar

SPECIES: Speckled Trout
BEST BAITS: Live Croaker
CONTACT: Capt. John Little
361-816-9114
[email protected]
TIPS: “I will be throwing live croaker along the Tide Gauge Bar and in the guts in the area. We have caught some huge trout in this place early in the morning.” Capt. Little

LOCATION: Baffin Bay
HOTSPOT: Center Reef
GPS: N 27 16.138, W 97 28.051
(27.2690, -97.4675)

Center Reef

Center Reef

SPECIES: Speckled Trout
BEST BAITS: Dead shrimp
CONTACT: Capt. John Little
361-816-9114
[email protected]
TIPS: “After the trout quit biting we will target redfish in the Badlands, mouth of Baffin Bay as well, using live or dead shrimp.” Capt. Little

LOCATION: Baffin Bay
HOTSPOT: Badlands
GPS: N 27 18.447, W 97 25.993
(27.3075, -97.4332)

Badlands

Badlands

SPECIES: Redfish
BEST BAITS: Live Croaker or shrimp
CONTACT: Capt. John Little
361-816-9114
[email protected]
TIPS: “Casting into grass pockets located along the grass lines can produce redfish and black drum using live or dead shrimp for bait.” Capt. Little

LOCATION: Baffin Bay
HOTSPOT: King Ranch Shoreline
GPS: N 27 29.134, W 97 21.108
(27.4856, -97.3518)

King Ranch Shoreline

King Ranch Shoreline

SPECIES: Speckled Trout
BEST BAITS: Soft plastic shrimp tail
CONTACT: Capt. John Little
361-816-9114
[email protected]
TIPS: “The King Ranch shoreline is a good place to look for trout in the evenings; we have limited out in 20 minutes. Live croaker, live shrimp under a popping cork, or soft plastic all work well.” Capt. Little

LOCATION: Baffin Bay
HOTSPOT: Badlands South
GPS: N 27 17.152, W 97 25.053
(27.2859, -97.4176)

Badlands South

Badlands South

SPECIES: Redfish
BEST BAITS: Dead or live shrimp
CONTACT: Capt. John Little
361-816-9114
[email protected]
TIPS: “Use live or dead shrimp on a 1/8 oz. jig head similar to how you would rig a soft plastic, casting into sand and grass pockets.” Capt. Little

 

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