HOTSPOTS: Saltwater – December 2018

HOTSPOTS: Freshwater – December 2018
November 24, 2018
COASTAL FORECAST: Lower Coast – December 2018
November 24, 2018

UPPER TEXAS COAST

LOCATION: Galveston West Bay
HOTSPOT: Jones Bay Shoreline
GPS: N 29 18.684, W 94 55.555
(29.3114, -94.9259)

Galveston West Bay HOTSPOT: Jones Bay Shoreline

Galveston West Bay: Jones Bay Shoreline

SPECIES: Speckled Trout
BEST BAITS: Bass Assassin Sea Shad
CONTACT: Capt. Ralph Frazier
281-337-0321
www.fraziersguideservice.com
TIPS: “I will throw a topwater bait, trying to get a reaction bite. Then I know the fish are there, and I will switch to the Bass Assassin Sea Shad, Corky or MirrOdine.”

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

East Matagorda Bay HOTSPOT: Raymond Shoal

East Matagorda Bay: Raymond Shoal

SPECIES: Speckled Trout
BEST BAITS: Soft Plastic Paddletail baits
CONTACT: Capt. Tommy Countz
281-450-4037
[email protected]
www.matagordafishing.com
TIPS: “We do a lot of drifts, west end of East Bay because it’s pretty much scattered shell.”

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LOCATION: East Matagorda Bay
HOTSPOT: Old Gulf Cut
GPS: N 28 42.919, W 95 53.21
(28.7153, -95.8868)

East Matagorda Bay HOTSPOT: Old Gulf Cut

East Matagorda Bay: Old Gulf Cut

SPECIES: Speckled Trout
BEST BAITS: Soft Plastic Paddletail baits
CONTACT: Capt. Tommy Countz
281-450-4037
[email protected]
www.matagordafishing.com
TIPS: “In colder water we key off-color water. You don’t want to fish the crystal-clear water. A lot of times the off color water is made by baitfish stirring up the bottom. Fish are in that water trying to feed on them.”

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LOCATION: Galveston Bay
HOTSPOT: Burnett Bay
GPS: N 29 46.246, W 95 03.174
(29.770772, -95.052897)

Galveston Bay HOTSPOT: Burnett Bay

Galveston Bay: Burnett Bay

SPECIES: Speckled Trout
BEST BAITS: Soft Plastics
CONTACT: Capt. Paul Marcaccio
281-788-4041
[email protected]
gofishgalveston.com
TIPS: “The two bays are deep water. Let your bait drop to the bottom and then slowly retrieve it.”

LOCATION: Galveston Bay
HOTSPOT: Scotts Bay
GPS: N 29 44.37, W 95 2.21
(29.7395, -95.0368)

Galveston Bay HOTSPOT: Scotts Bay

Galveston Bay: Scotts Bay

SPECIES: Speckled Trout
BEST BAITS: Soft Plastics
CONTACT: Capt. Paul Marcaccio
281-788-4041
[email protected]
gofishgalveston.com
TIPS: “A number of Sylvan Beach piers are in 12 feet of water providing deep water for the fish to escape water temperature fluctuations. Little Cedar Bayou is a good ambush point on a falling tide.”

LOCATION: Galveston West Bay
HOTSPOT: Shell Island Reef
GPS: N 29 11.983, W 95 0.932
(29.1997, -95.0155)

Galveston West Bay HOTSPOT: Shell Island Reef

Galveston West Bay: Shell Island Reef

SPECIES: Speckled Trout
BEST BAITS: Bass Assassin Sea Shad
CONTACT: Capt. Ralph Frazier
281-337-0321
www.fraziersguideservice.com
TIPS: “If they miss the topwater, I’ll switch to something that will get down deeper, something I can work slow.”

LOCATION: Galveston West Bay
HOTSPOT: Campbell Reef
GPS: N 29 21, W 94 52.325
(29.3500, -94.8721)

Galveston West Bay HOTSPOT: Campbell Reef

Galveston West Bay: Campbell Reef

SPECIES: Speckled Trout
BEST BAITS: Bass Assassin Sea Shad
CONTACT: Capt. Ralph Frazier
281-337-0321
www.fraziersguideservice.com
TIPS: Favorite colors in the Bass Assassin are Limetreuse and Texas Roach

LOCATION: Matagorda
HOTSPOT: Colorado River
GPS: N 28 40.32, W 95 58.04
(28.6720, -95.9673)

Matagorda HOTSPOT: Colorado River

Matagorda: Colorado River

SPECIES: Speckled Trout
BEST BAITS: Soft Plastic Paddletail baits
CONTACT: Capt. Tommy Countz
281-450-4037
[email protected]
www.matagordafishing.com
TIPS: “We go up the river to Selkirk Island, looking for bait activity. If it hasn’t got really cold, I will drift the current and cast the banks. You have shell and sand bars along the edges of the banks, and then drop off. A lot of the times the fish will be right at the drop offs.”

LOCATION: Sabine Lake
HOTSPOT: Black Bayou
GPS: N 29 59.818, W 93 45.432
(29.996966, -93.757192)

Sabine Lake HOTSPOT: Black Bayou

Sabine Lake: Black Bayou

SPECIES: Speckled Trout
BEST BAITS: Super Spooks or She Dogs topwaters
CONTACT: Capt. Adam Jaynes
409-988-3601
[email protected]
www.justfishsabine.com
TIPS: “Black Bayou is good place to fish if the winds pick up. If the birds are still working, you can find action up down the Bayou.”

LOCATION: West Matagorda Bay
HOTSPOT: Greens Bayou Shoreline
GPS: N 28 31.342, W 96 12.489
(28.5224, -96.2082)

West Matagorda Bay HOTSPOT: Greens Bayou Shoreline

West Matagorda Bay: Greens Bayou Shoreline

SPECIES: Redfish
BEST BAITS: Soft Plastic Paddletail baits
CONTACT: Capt. Tommy Countz
281-450-4037
[email protected]
www.matagordafishing.com
TIPS: Wade fishing….”Dropping water temps, shrimp are going back to the Gulf. We go from chasing birds to finding the fish without any help.”

LOCATION: West Matagorda Bay
HOTSPOT: Tres Palacious Bay
GPS: N 28 42.452, W 96 12.346
(28.7075, -96.2058)

West Matagorda Bay HOTSPOT: Tres Palacious Bay

West Matagorda Bay: Tres Palacious Bay

SPECIES: Speckled Trout and Redfish
BEST BAITS: Soft Plastic Paddletail baits
CONTACT: Capt. Tommy Countz
281-450-4037
[email protected]
www.matagordafishing.com
TIPS: “Redfish will come out the back areas because of no water caused by strong north wind. Once you find them you can spend hours catching them until you feel like your arms are going to fall off.”

 

MIDDLE TEXAS COAST

LOCATION: Aransas Bay
HOTSPOT: Goose Island
GPS: N 28 7.579, W 96 59.427
(28.1263, -96.9905)

Aransas Bay HOTSPOT: Goose Island

Aransas Bay: Goose Island

SPECIES: Redfish
BEST BAITS: Soft Plastic baits or cut bait
CONTACT: Capt. Jack McPartland
361-290-6302
[email protected]
www.treble-j-charters.com
TIPS: Mainly fishing for redfish in water, flats, four feet or less. “Watch your tides as they fluctuate with the cold fronts. It can change every day because of the cold fronts passing through.”

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LOCATION: Aransas Bay
HOTSPOT: Long Reef
GPS: N 28 3.618, W 96 57.679
(28.0603, -96.9613)

Aransas Bay HOTSPOT: Long Reef

Aransas Bay: Long Reef

SPECIES: Redfish
BEST BAITS: Soft Plastic baits or cut bait
CONTACT: Capt. Jack McPartland
361-290-6302
[email protected]
www.treble-j-charters.com
TIPS: “In December we will be using soft plastic probably because live bait is hard to find. If you can find shad, menhaden, that will work.”

LOCATION: Copano Bay
HOTSPOT: Outer Lap Reef
GPS: N 28 7.502, W 97 4.737
(28.1250, -97.0790)

Copano Bay HOTSPOT: Outer Lap Reef

Copano Bay: Outer Lap Reef

SPECIES: Redfish
BEST BAITS: Soft Plastic baits or cut bait
CONTACT: Capt. Jack McPartland
361-290-6302
[email protected]
www.treble-j-charters.com
TIPS: Capt. McPartland like soft plastics in either a strawberry or watermelon color, fished on a 1/8 oz. jig head. “The only time I use a jig head heavier than 1/8 oz. is when I fish close to Port Aransas, because of the currents.”

LOCATION: Espiritu Santo Bay
HOTSPOT: Pringle Lake
GPS: N 28 19.083, W 96 30.425
(28.3181, -96.5071)

Espiritu Santo Bay HOTSPOT: Pringle Lake

Espiritu Santo Bay: Pringle Lake

SPECIES: Speckled Trout and Redfish
BEST BAITS: Down South Soft Plastics and Corky Fat Boys
CONTACT: Capt. Mark Robinson
361-550-1081
[email protected]
www.edgewateroutfitters.com
TIPS: “Redfish in the back lakes, trout good along the shorelines over shell. The surf will be good whenever it’s been calm.”

LOCATION: Espiritu Santo Bay
HOTSPOT: Farwell Island
GPS: N 28 21.61, W 96 27.652
(28.3602, -96.4609)

Espiritu Santo Bay HOTSPOT: Farwell Island

Espiritu Santo Bay: Farwell Island

SPECIES: Speckled Trout and Redfish
BEST BAITS: Down South Soft Plastics and Corky Fat Boys
CONTACT: Capt. Mark Robinson
361-550-1081
[email protected]
www.edgewateroutfitters.com
TIPS:: Favorite colors: Down South – plum/chartreuse….”Doesn’t matter what the water color is. It always works.”

LOCATION: Upper Laguna Madre
HOTSPOT: Packery Flats
GPS: N 27 37.46, W 97 12.41
(27.6243, -97.2068)

Upper Laguna Madre HOTSPOT: Packery Flats

Upper Laguna Madre: Packery Flats

SPECIES: Redfish
BEST BAITS: Gold Spinner Bait
CONTACT: Capt. Royce Macha
979-429-0406
[email protected]
TIPS: “I usually use a lighter jig head, 1/8 oz, as they don’t sink as fast and don’t get caught up in the grass.”

 

 

LOWER TEXAS COAST

LOCATION: Lower Laguna Madre
HOTSPOT: Oil Field Flats
GPS: N 26 15.079, W 97 15.943
(26.2513, -97.2657)

Lower Laguna Madre HOTSPOT: Oil Field Flats

Lower Laguna Madre: Oil Field Flats

SPECIES: Speckled Trout and Redfish
BEST BAITS: Live shrimp or Berkley Gulp
CONTACT: Capt. George Strader
956-434-9971
[email protected]
splcharterfishing.com
TIPS: “Trout and redfish will be on gas wells if the winds are under 14 mph.”

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LOCATION: Baffin Bay
HOTSPOT: Yarborough Pass
GPS: N 27 12.14, W 97 21.57
(27.2023, -97.3595)

Baffin Bay HOTSPOT: Yarborough Pass

Baffin Bay: Yarborough Pass

SPECIES: Speckled Trout
BEST BAITS: Fly fishing with a Clouser or crab imitation baits
CONTACT: Capt. Randy Best
361-553-2058
[email protected]
www.lagunamadrereslghtcasters.com
TIPS: Capt. Best is sight casting for speckled trout, looking for sand pockets in the grass.

LOCATION: Baffin Bay
HOTSPOT: Cat Head
GPS: N 27 18.382, W 97 26.263
(27.3064, -97.4377)

Baffin Bay HOTSPOT: Cat Head

Baffin Bay: Cat Head

SPECIES: Speckled Trout
BEST BAITS: Shrimp or Gulp under a popping cork
CONTACT: Capt. John Little
361-816-9114
[email protected]
TIPS: Capt. Little advises using live shrimp, if available, or Berkley Gulp under a popping cork while drifting.

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