HOTSPOTS: Saltwater – March 2019

HOTSPOTS: Freshwater – March 2019
February 24, 2019
COASTAL FORECAST: Lower Coast – March 2019
February 24, 2019

UPPER TEXAS COAST

LOCATION: East Matagorda Bay
HOTSPOT: East End Reef
GPS: N 28 44.145, W 95 42.444
(28.7358, -95.7074)

East Matagorda Bay

East Matagorda Bay; East End Reef

SPECIES: Speckled Trout
BEST BAITS: Norton Sand Eels, in Chicken-on-the-Chain and Black Magic colors
CONTACT: Capt. Nick Mosley
979-943-7497
[email protected]
www.saltwateraddictionguideservice.com
TIPS: “I do a lot drifting in March,” said Capt. Mosely. “The fish are just starting to spawn, and they will pull off the shorelines and get out in the middle.”

LOCATION: East Matagorda Bay
HOTSPOT: Tripod
GPS: N 28 40.147, W 95 54.813
(28.6691, -95.9136)

East Matagorda Bay

East Matagorda Bay; Tripod

SPECIES: Speckled Trout
BEST BAITS: Norton Sand Eels, in Chicken-on-the-Chain and Black Magic colors
CONTACT: Capt. Nick Mosley
979-943-7497
[email protected]
www.saltwateraddictionguideservice.com
TIPS: Capt. Mosley uses a 3/8 oz. Norton GFX jig head, along with soft plastic tails, working mud or scattered shell over sand.

LOCATION: East Matagorda Bay
HOTSPOT: Cleveland Reef
GPS: N 28 39.983, W 95 51.982
(28.6664, -95.8664)

East Matagorda Bay

East Matagorda Bay; Cleveland Reef

SPECIES: Speckled Trout
BEST BAITS: Norton Sand Eels, in Chicken-on-the-Chain and Black Magic colors
CONTACT: Capt. Nick Mosley
979-943-7497
[email protected]
www.saltwateraddictionguideservice.com
TIPS: “I typically throw the bigger Norton Sand Eels. My go-to color in clean water is Chicken-on-a-Chain. In off-color water I will use a Black Magic.” Capt. Mosley

LOCATION: East Matagorda Bay
HOTSPOT: Brown Cedar Flats
GPS: N 28 44.406, W 95 42.09
(28.7401, -95.7015)

East Matagorda Bay

East Matagorda Bay; Brown Cedar Flats

SPECIES: Speckled Trout
BEST BAITS: Norton Sand Eels, in Chicken-on-the-Chain and Black Magic colors
CONTACT: Capt. Nick Mosley
979-943-7497
[email protected]
www.saltwateraddictionguideservice.com
TIPS: Capt. Mosley will fish West Matagorda Bay, but normally not. “Won’t start fishing West Bay until late Spring or Summer.”

LOCATION: Galveston East Bay
HOTSPOT: Willies Head Island
GPS: N 29 32.155, W 94 48.524
(29.5359, -94.8087)

Galveston East Bay

Galveston East Bay; Willies Head Island

SPECIES: Speckled Trout
BEST BAITS: Soft Plastics, Corky and Catch 2000
CONTACT: Capt. Paul Marcaccio
281-788-4041
[email protected]
gofishglaveston.com
TIPS: “Pretty much wading, not much action in the middle of the bay in March.” Capt. Marcaccio

LOCATION: Galveston East Bay
HOTSPOT: Smith Point Flats
GPS: N 29 31.258, W 94 45.095
(29.5210, -94.7516)

Galveston East Bay

Galveston East Bay; Smith Point Flats

SPECIES: Redfish & Speckled Trout
BEST BAITS: Soft Plastics, Corky and Catch 2000
CONTACT: Capt. Paul Marcaccio
281-788-4041
[email protected]
gofishglaveston.com
TIPS: “Fish shorelines, both north and south shorelines of East Bay…weather permitting Trinity Bay. It depends on outflow of fresh water from the Trinity and San Jacinto Rivers.” Capt. Marcaccio

LOCATION: Galveston East Bay
HOTSPOT: Siever’s Cut
GPS: N 29 26.074, W 94 42.692
(29.4346, -94.7115)

Galveston East Bay

Galveston East Bay; Siever’s Cut

SPECIES: Speckled Trout
BEST BAITS: Soft Plastics, Corky and Catch 2000
CONTACT: Capt. Paul Marcaccio
281-788-4041
[email protected]
gofishglaveston.com
TIPS: “Wade the shoreline on falling tides, looking ambush points at all drains and bayous.” Capt. Marcaccio

LOCATION: Galveston West Bay
HOTSPOT: North Shoreline
GPS: N 29 14.315, W 95 0.677
(29.2386, -95.0113)

Galveston West Bay

Galveston West Bay; North Shoreline

SPECIES: Speckled Trout
BEST BAITS: Soft Plastics, Corky and Catch 2000
CONTACT: Capt. Paul Marcaccio
281-788-4041
[email protected]
gofishglaveston.com
TIPS: Soft Plastic colors: bright colors on clear days…limetreuse, pearl, Slamming Chicken and “Chicken-on-a-Chain. On cloudy days, or off color water,plum, Red Shad, black or purple.

LOCATION: Galveston West Bay
HOTSPOT: Snake Island Cove
GPS: N 29 9.565, W 95 2.215
(29.1594, -95.0369)

Galveston West Bay

Galveston West Bay; Snake Island Cove

SPECIES: Speckled Trout
BEST BAITS: Soft Plastics, Corky and Catch 2000
CONTACT: Capt. Paul Marcaccio
281-788-4041
[email protected]
gofishglaveston.com
TIPS: “On a clear day trout pick up the reflections, how they see the bait. When they see an opaque bait is because the of the shadow it cast in the water.” Capt. Marcaccio

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

Matagorda Bay

Matagorda Bay; Colorado River

SPECIES: Speckled Trout
BEST BAITS: Norton Sand Eels, in Chicken-on-the-Chain and Black Magic colors
CONTACT: Capt. Nick Mosley
979-943-7497
[email protected]
www.saltwateraddictionguideservice.com
TIPS: “In the winter, depending on how much rain we have had, I will typically fish the rivers if still salty.” Capt. Mosley

LOCATION: Sabine Lake
HOTSPOT: East Pass Rig
GPS: N 29 58.524, W 93 47.379
(29.9754, -93.7897)

Sabine Lake

Sabine Lake; East Pass Rig

SPECIES: Speckled Trout
BEST BAITS: Egret Vudu under a Popping Cork
CONTACT: Capt. Adam Jaynes
409-998–3901
[email protected]
www.justfishsabine.com
TIPS: Capt. Jaynes likes the Vudu soft plastic tail because of its durability, and the tail gives off a natural swimming motion on the retrieve.

 

MIDDLE TEXAS COAST

LOCATION: Aransas Bay
HOTSPOT: Blackjack Point
GPS: N 28 7.308, W 96 57.951
(28.1218, -96.9659)

Aransas Bay

Aransas Bay; Blackjack Point

SPECIES: Redfish
BEST BAITS: Cut Mullet, Soft Plastics, Spoons
CONTACT: Capt. Jack McPartland
361-290-6302
[email protected]
www.treble-j-charters.com
TIPS: “Any of the shallow water flats, 3 feet of water and less should be great.” Capt. McPartland

LOCATION: Aransas Bay
HOTSPOT: Blackjack Shoreline
GPS: N 28 7.308, W 96 57.951
(28.1218, -96.9659)

Aransas Bay

Aransas Bay; Blackjack Shoreline

SPECIES: Redfish
BEST BAITS: Cut Mullet, Soft Plastics, Spoons
CONTACT: Capt. Jack McPartland
361-290-6302
[email protected]
www.treble-j-charters.com
TIPS: “The redfish will be in just about any channel with warming water temps, using just about any of the old standby baits ….soft plastic tails, spoons, live and dead bait.” Capt. McPartland

LOCATION: Aransas Bay
HOTSPOT: Live Oak Point
GPS: N 28 6.207, W 97 1.105
(28.1035, -97.0184)

Aransas Bay

Aransas Bay; Live Oak Point

SPECIES: Speckled Trout
BEST BAITS: Live Shrimp under a popping cork
CONTACT: Capt. Jack McPartland
361-290-6302
[email protected]
www.treble-j-charters.com
TIPS: “Wade fishing should produce more action than staying in the boat.” Capt. McPartland

LOCATION: Aransas Bay
HOTSPOT: Paul’s Mott
GPS: N 28 2.719, W 96 57.003
(28.0453, -96.9501)

Aransas Bay

Aransas Bay; Paul’s Mott

SPECIES: Speckled Trout & Redfish
BEST BAITS: Live Shrimp under a popping cork
CONTACT: Capt. Jack McPartland
361-290-6302
[email protected]
www.treble-j-charters.com
TIPS: “Normally we pursue the redfish in March, but when the water temps reach the 60s the trout will become more active.” Capt. McPartland

LOCATION: Redfish Bay
HOTSPOT: Corpus Christi Ship Channel
GPS: N 27 50.229, W 97 5.584
(27.8372, -97.0931)

Redfish Bay

Redfish Bay; Corpus Christi Ship Channel

SPECIES: Black Drum
BEST BAITS: Cut baits
CONTACT: Capt. Jack McPartland
361-290-6302
[email protected]
www.treble-j-charters.com
TIPS: Capt. McPartland said the big black drum should be around Ingleside area, deep. Weights could range from 1/2 oz. to 2 oz, depending on tides, ship traffic and wind. He uses a 6/0 Circle Hook tied on the end of 16 inch leader, rigged Carolina style.

 

 

LOWER TEXAS COAST

LOCATION: Arroyo Colorado
HOTSPOT: Three Islands
GPS: N 26 16.834, W 97 17.366
(26.2806, -97.2894)

Arroyo Colorado

Arroyo Colorado; Three Islands

SPECIES: Flounder & Speckled Trout
BEST BAITS: Live Bait or Soft Plastics
CONTACT: Capt. George Strader
956-434-9971
[email protected]
www.spicharterfishing.com
TIPS: “If you find yourself fishing on a calm day you can fish the intercoastal up by Three Islands, along the houses.

LOCATION: Arroyo Colorado
HOTSPOT: ICW between 3 Islands and Arroyo
GPS: N 26 19.599, W 97 18.591
(26.3267, -97.3099)

Arroyo Colorado

Arroyo Colorado; ICW between 3 Islands and Arroyo

SPECIES: Speckled Trout & Redfish
BEST BAITS: Cut Mullet or Cut Ballyhoo
CONTACT: Capt. George Strader
956-434-9971
[email protected]
www.spicharterfishing.com
TIPS: Another favorite bait is the New Penney Gulp fished under a popping cork on a 3/4 ounce jig head.

LOCATION: Lower Laguna Madre
HOTSPOT: Stover Point
GPS: N 26 12.138, W 97 17.849
(26.2023, -97.2975)

Lower Laguna Madre

Lower Laguna Madre; Stover Point

SPECIES: Speckled Trout & Redfish
BEST BAITS: Cut Mullet or Cut Ballyhoo
CONTACT: Capt. George Strader
956-434-9971
[email protected]
www.spicharterfishing.com
TIPS: For the speckled trout in this area, Capt. Strader likes using cut mullet, or cut ballyhoo fished on the bottom with a one oz. drop weight

LOCATION: Lower Laguna Madre
HOTSPOT: Color Change
GPS: N 26 10.428, W 97 12.762
(26.1738, -97.2127)

Lower Laguna Madre

Lower Laguna Madre; Color Change

SPECIES: Redfish
BEST BAITS: Soft Plastics
CONTACT: Capt. George Strader
956-434-9971
[email protected]
www.spicharterfishing.com
TIPS: Capt. Strader said you will find good numbers of trout and redfish using soft red/white soft plastic tails.

 

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