DECEMBER IS TYPICALLY the month when a lot of fishermen decide to winterize their boats and tuck them away nicely in storage so they can hibernate peacefully for a few months.
With the holidays weighing heavily and strong cold fronts beginning to bully more frequently toward the Texas Gulf Coast, a lot of anglers simply throw in the towel and dedicate themselves to activities more suitable for harsh conditions.
Granted, there will be days in December when you’d have to be a fool to be on the water, but there will also be days when it would be almost foolish not to be. After all, this is the Texas Gulf Coast, and sometimes down here, Mother Nature seems to forget what season we are in.
Comfortable temperatures and fishable winds can result in some hefty stringers in the early winter months. Here on Sabine Lake, we usually have a two to three week extension of the fall pattern we’ve been milking for awhile.
What that boils down to is, you’ve still got a little time to catch some trout and reds schooling under birds as well as some nice flounders on the shorelines and the mouths of the bayous.
The north end of the lake, from the North Revetment to Coffee Ground Cove is usually where we find the most bird activity once December gets here. Make the most out of this while it lasts, because when it’s over, it’s over.
You probably won’t be able to take advantage of this again until March if you’re lucky. The good news is there are still plenty of fish to be caught.
The redfish bite is always good in December .After the phenomenal year we’ve had with them, it’s exciting to think what this winter holds in store.
Wading or drifting the mouths of the bayous on the eastern bank has produced big time for us over the years. Red Shad, Limetreuse and Glow soft plastics on ¼ ounce lead heads have gotten serious rod bending results for us.
The mouth of Madame Johnson Bayou has always been a favorite “go to” spot for winter reds, especially in December. Don’t be foolish, stay off the water on the unsafe days, but by all means, take advantage of the good ones and keep plugging in December.
Location: Walter Umphrey State Park Fishing Pier
Species: Whiting, Redfish, Black Drum
Baits/Lures: Fresh Dead Shrimp, Cut Bait, Finger Mullet
Best Times: All Day
Email Eddie Hernandez at [email protected]