HOTSPOTS: Saltwater – January 2019

HOTSPOTS: Freshwater – January 2019
December 24, 2018

UPPER TEXAS COAST

LOCATION: Chocolate Bay
HOTSPOT: Chocolate Bayou
GPS: N 29 11.622, W 95 9.948
(29.1937, -95.1658)

Chocolate Bay HOTSPOT: Chocolate Bayou

Chocolate Bay: Chocolate Bayou

SPECIES: Speckled Trout
BEST BAITS: Soft Plastics with a 1/4 oz. jig head
CONTACT: Capt. Mike Williams
713-256-9260
www.galvestonfishingguides.com
TIPS: “The fish are going to go deep. Best days are bright sunny days when the sun has had a chance to warm the bottoms. Fish gravitate to a combination muddy/shell bottoms.” Capt. Williams

LOCATION: Matagorda
HOTSPOT: Colorado River
GPS: N 28 40.542, W 95 58.08
(28.6757, -95.9680)

Matagorda HOTSPOT: Colorado River

Matagorda: Colorado River

SPECIES: Speckled Trout
BEST BAITS: Soft Plastics with a 1/4 oz. jig head
CONTACT: Capt. Mike Williams
713-256-9260
www.galvestonfishingguides.com
TIPS: “Rivers, creeks and bayous will produce the most fish.” Capt. Williams

LOCATION: Sabine Lake
HOTSPOT: Coffee Ground Cove
GPS: N 29 58.1, W 93 46.09
(29.9683, -93.7682)

Sabine Lake HOTSPOT: Coffee Ground Cove

Sabine Lake: Coffee Ground Cove

SPECIES: Speckled Trout
BEST BAITS: Soft Plastics with a 1/4 oz. jig head
CONTACT: Capt. Adam Jaynes
409-533-2058
[email protected]
www.justfishsabine.com
TIPS: “If you are looking to catch a lot of fish, switch to soft plastic bait,” said Capt. Jaynes. His favorite colors are Texas Roach or Glow/Chartreuse. Color choice depends on water quality.

LOCATION: Surfside/Freeport
HOTSPOT: Dow Plant
GPS: N 28 56.438, W 95 19.825
(28.9406, -95.3304)

Surfside/Freeport HOTSPOT: Dow Plant

Surfside/Freeport: Dow Plant

SPECIES: Speckled Trout
BEST BAITS: Soft Plastics with a 1/4 oz. jig head
CONTACT:: Capt. Mike Williams
713-256-9260
www.galvestonfishingguides.com
TIPS: Capt. Williams says the Brazos River in Freeport, around the Dowell Chemical Plant is a “well-kept secret”. “A lot of trout come from the river in the colder months.” Capt. Williams

LOCATION: West Galveston Bay
HOTSPOT: Offatts Bayou
GPS: N 29 16.819, W 94 51.507
(29.2803, -94.8585)

West Galveston Bay HOTSPOT: Offatts Bayou

West Galveston Bay: Offatts Bayou

SPECIES: Speckled Trout
BEST BAITS: Soft Plastics with a 1/4 oz. jig head
CONTACT: Capt. Mike Williams
713-256-9260
www.galvestonfishingguides.com
TIPS: In January catches of numbers of fish probably will not happen, so concentrate on catching bigger fish.

LOCATION: West Galveston Bay
HOTSPOT: Redfish Cove
GPS: N 29 6.101, W 95 6.569
(29.1016, -95.1094)

West Galveston Bay HOTSPOT: Redfish Cove

West Galveston Bay: Redfish Cove

SPECIES: Speckled Trout
BEST BAITS: Soft Plastics with a 1/4 oz. jig head
CONTACT: Capt. Mike Williams
713-256-9260
www.galvestonfishingguides.com
TIPS: “In January the fish will exit the flats to find the deeper, warmer water. But that’s not to say you can’t catch a big trout in January on the flats.” Capt. Williams

 

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MIDDLE TEXAS COAST

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

Rockport-Fulton HOTSPOT: Long Reef

Rockport-Fulton: Long Reef

SPECIES: Speckled Trout
BEST BAITS: Down South & Kelley Wiggler soft plastics
CONTACT: Ray Ortega
361-571-1030
[email protected]
TIPS: Whatever soft plastic you choose, make sure to fish slow across the bottom.

LOCATION: Corpus Christi Bay
HOTSPOT: Nueces Bay
GPS: N 27 51.894, W 97 21.132
(27.8649, -97.3522)

Corpus Christi Bay HOTSPOT: Nueces Bay

Corpus Christi Bay: Nueces Bay

SPECIES: Speckled Trout
BEST BAITS: Soft Plastics
CONTACT: Capt. Randy Best
361-533-2058
[email protected]
www.lagunamadresightcasters.com
TIPS: Gulp New Penney and any other soft plastic in purple are Capt. Best’s favorite colors.

LOCATION: Espiritu Santo Bay
HOTSPOT: Contee Lake
GPS: N 28 17.779, W 96 33.157
(28.2963, -96.5526)

Espiritu Santo Bay: HOTSPOT: Contee Lake

Espiritu Santo Bay: Contee Lake

SPECIES: Redfish
BEST BAITS: Cut crab, Carolina Rigged
CONTACT: Ray Ortega
361-571-1030
[email protected]
TIPS: Ray Ortega is not a licensed guide, but extensive knowledge on how to fish the Port O’Connor area.

LOCATION: Espiritu Santo Bay
HOTSPOT: Pats Bay
GPS: N 28 15.787, W 96 37.382
(28.2631, -96.6230)

Espiritu Santo Bay HOTSPOT: Pats Bay

Espiritu Santo Bay: Pats Bay

SPECIES: Redfish
BEST BAITS: Cut crab, Carolina Rigged
CONTACT: Ray Ortega
361-571-1030
[email protected]
TIPS: “In January, if I’m fishing from my boat, I will be fishing the back lakes for redfish over mud and shell.” Ray Ortega

LOCATION: Espiritu Santo Bay
HOTSPOT: Long Lake
GPS: N 28 16.772, W 96 36.698
(28.2795, -96.6116)

Espiritu Santo Bay HOTSPOT: Long Lake

Espiritu Santo Bay: Long Lake

SPECIES: Redfish & Speckled Trout
BEST BAITS: Cut crab, Carolina Rigged
CONTACT: Ray Ortega
361-571-1030
[email protected]
TIPS: If weather permits, he likes to fish the same type of spots along the south shoreline of Espiritu Santo Bay.

LOCATION: Espiritu Santo Bay
HOTSPOT: Long Lake
GPS: N 28 16.912, W 96 35.776
(28.2819, -96.5963)

Espiritu Santo Bay HOTSPOT: Long Lake

Espiritu Santo Bay: Long Lake

SPECIES: Redfish
BEST BAITS: Cut crab, Carolina Rigged
CONTACT: Ray Ortega
361-571-1030
[email protected]
TIPS: Carolina rigging: “a fixed weight, swivel, about a 12 inch leader and number 5 hook.”

LOCATION: Mesquite Bay
HOTSPOT: Cedar Bayou
GPS: N 28 6.708, W 96 49.812
(28.1118, -96.8302)

Mesquite Bay HOTSPOT: Cedar Bayou

Mesquite Bay: Cedar Bayou

SPECIES: Speckled Trout
BEST BAITS: Down South & Kelley Wiggler soft plastics
CONTACT: Ray Ortega
361-571-1030
[email protected]
TIPS: Ortega likes the round body of Down South soft plastics, the new willow tail of Kelley Wigglers that’s dipped in Garlic

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

San Antonio Bay HOTSPOT: Cedar Point

San Antonio Bay: Cedar Point

SPECIES: Speckled Trout & Redfish
BEST BAITS: Live Shrimp under a popping Cork
CONTACT: Ray Ortega
361-571-1030
[email protected]
TIPS: Live shrimp under a popping cork is another of Ortega’s favorite ways of fishing back lakes.

LOCATION: San Antonio Bay
HOTSPOT: Guadalupe Bay East Shore
GPS: N 28 24.803, W 96 45.342
(28.4134, -96.7557)

San Antonio Bay HOTSPOT: Guadalupe Bay East Shore

San Antonio Bay: Guadalupe Bay East Shore

SPECIES: Speckled Trout & Redfish
BEST BAITS: Live Shrimp under a popping Cork
CONTACT: Ray Ortega
361-571-1030
[email protected]
TIPS: If he’s wading, he will be concentrating his efforts around Panther, south of Panther and Cedar Bayou

LOCATION: Upper Laguna Madre
HOTSPOT: King Ranch Shoreline
GPS: N 27 29.134, W 97 21.108
(27.4856, -97.3518)

Upper Laguna Madre HOTSPOT: King Ranch Shoreline

Upper Laguna Madre: King Ranch Shoreline

SPECIES: Speckled Trout
BEST BAITS: Slow Sinking Artificial Baits
CONTACT: Capt. Mark Franklin
361-720-4003
[email protected]
baffinbayhuntingandfishing.com
TIPS: “The color of the lure I use depends on whether it’s sunny or cloudy. Early in the morning I like to use a brighter color. Pink is one my favorite colors.” Capt. Franklin

 

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LOWER TEXAS COAST

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

Baffin Bay HOTSPOT: Cat Head, North Shore

Baffin Bay: Cat Head, North Shore

SPECIES: Speckled Trout
BEST BAITS: Slow Sinking Artificial Baits
CONTACT: Capt. Mark Franklin
361-720-4003
[email protected]
baffinbayhuntingandfishing.com
TIPS: Favorite slow sinking artificials: Fat Boys and Corky lures

LOCATION: Baffin Bay
HOTSPOT: Tide Gauge Bar
GPS: N 27 18.248, W 97 26.263
(27.3041, -97.4377)

Baffin Bay HOTSPOT: Tide Gauge Bar

Baffin Bay: Tide Gauge Bar

SPECIES: Speckled Trout
BEST BAITS: Slow Sinking Artificial Baits
CONTACT: Capt. Mark Franklin
361-720-4003
[email protected]
baffinbayhuntingandfishing.com
TIPS: “Throw it out there and let it sink to the bottom, leave it there for a while. Jig or pop it a little bit to cause the bait to move off the bottom.” Capt. Franklin

LOCATION: Baffin Bay
HOTSPOT: Tide Gauge Bar
GPS: N 27 18.388, W 97 27.54
(27.3065, -97.4590)

Baffin Bay HOTSPOT: Tide Gauge Bar

Baffin Bay: Tide Gauge Bar

SPECIES: Speckled Trout
BEST BAITS: Slow Sinking Artificial Baits
CONTACT: Capt. Mark Franklin
361-720-4003
[email protected]
baffinbayhuntingandfishing.com
TIPS: “The fish usually hit the lure as it sinks back down to the bottom.” Capt. Franklin

LOCATION: Laguna Madre
HOTSPOT: Nine Mile Hole
GPS: N 27 5.159, W 97 24.621
(27.0860, -97.4104)

Laguna Madre HOTSPOT: Nine Mile Hole

Laguna Madre: Nine Mile Hole

SPECIES: Speckled Trout
BEST BAITS: Slow Sinking Artificial Baits
CONTACT: Capt. Mark Franklin
361-720-4003
[email protected]
baffinbayhuntingandfishing.com
TIPS: “If you use a real light color in the morning. The fish are looking up and the light color is sticking out.” Capt. Franklin

 

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