HOTSPOTS: Saltwater – May 2019

HOTSPOTS: Freshwater – May 2019
April 24, 2019
COASTAL FORECAST: Lower Coast – May 2019
April 24, 2019

UPPER TEXAS COAST

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

East Matagorda Bay HOTSPOT: Tripod

East Matagorda Bay: Tripod

SPECIES: Speckled Trout and Redfish
BEST BAITS: Norton Sand Eel and MirrOlure Lil Jon
Contact: Capt. Nick Mosley
979-943-7497
[email protected]
saltwateraddictionguideservice.com
TIPS: “In the Raymond Shoal Area I will be fishing from my boat, drifting looking for structure changes long the bottom….sand to mud or mud to sand, mud to scattered shell, sand to scattered shell and color streaks. Many times the fish will stage in these areas.” Capt. Mosley

LOCATION: East Matagorda Bay
HOTSPOT: Boiler Bayou
GPS: N 28 38.685, W 95 54.067
(28.6448, -95.9011)

East Matagorda Bay HOTSPOT: Boiler Bayou

East Matagorda Bay: Boiler Bayou

SPECIES: Speckled Trout and Redfish
BEST BAITS: Norton Sand Eel and MirrOlure Lil Jon
Contact: Capt. Nick Mosley
979-943-7497
[email protected]
saltwateraddictionguideservice.com
TIPS: “I throw a lot of shrimp under a popping cork. If I do throw an artificial, I’ll use a Norton Sand Eel or MirrOlure Lil John under the cork, about a three foot leader and a 1/16 oz. jig head. I’ll pop the cork, give it a lot of action.” Capt. Mosley

LOCATION: East Matagorda Bay
HOTSPOT: St. Mary’s
GPS: N 28 39.621, W 95 56.667
(28.6604, -95.9445)

East Matagorda Bay HOTSPOT: St. Mary’s

East Matagorda Bay: St. Mary’s

SPECIES: Speckled Trout and Redfish
BEST BAITS: Norton Sand Eel and MirrOlure Lil Jon
Contact: Capt. Nick Mosley
979-943-7497
[email protected]
saltwateraddictionguideservice.com
TIPS: “There are a lot of structure changes in the Raymond Shoal area … humps, shell pads, sand flats, and scattered shell.” Capt. Mosley

LOCATION: Galveston East Bay
HOTSPOT: Hanna’s Reef
GPS: N 29 28.471, W 94 43.251
(29.4745, -94.7209)

Galveston East Bay: Hanna’s Reef

Galveston East Bay: Hanna’s Reef

SPECIES: Speckled Trout and Redfish
BEST BAITS: MirrOlure, Live Croaker
Contact: Capt. Nick Dykes
409-599-6804
TIPS: “Trout will be feeding on the glass minnow hatch and it’s extremely difficult to match the minnows with a lure.” Capt. Dykes

 

LOCATION: Galveston East Bay
HOTSPOT: Little Hanna’s Reef
GPS: N 29 28.703, W 94 45.703
(29.4784, -94.7617)

Galveston East Bay: Little Hanna’s Reef

Galveston East Bay: Little Hanna’s Reef

SPECIES: Speckled Trout and Redfish
BEST BAITS: MirrOlure, Live Croaker
Contact: Capt. Nick Dykes
409-599-6804
TIPS: “Trout will be feeding on the glass minnow hatch and it’s extremely difficult to match the minnows with a lure.” Capt. Dykes

LOCATION: Galveston East Bay
HOTSPOT: Fat Rat Pass
GPS: N 29 28.462, W 94 38.673
(29.4744, -94.6446)

Galveston East Bay: Fat Rat Pass

Galveston East Bay: Fat Rat Pass

SPECIES: Speckled Trout and Redfish
BEST BAITS: MirrOlure, Live Croaker
Contact: Capt. Nick Dykes
409-599-6804
TIPS: Capt. Dyes favorite colors in lures are chrome or bright chartreuse. “With Speck Rigs, I’ll use and 1/8 oz. jig or lighter. Most of the time the fish are feeding at the surface, and it’s easy to find productive spots.”

LOCATION: Galveston East Bay
HOTSPOT: North Jetty
GPS: N 29 21.352, W 94 43.15
(29.3559, -94.7192)

Galveston East Bay: North Jetty

Galveston East Bay: North Jetty

SPECIES: Speckled Trout and Redfish
BEST BAITS: MirrOlure, Live Croaker
Contact: Capt. Nick Dykes
409-599-6804
TIPS: “The jetties will hold quality fish in May. I’ll use a shrimp under a popping cork, or free line, cast as close to the rocks without getting hung up.” Capt. Dykes

LOCATION: Galveston East Bay
HOTSPOT: South Jetty
GPS: N 29 19.67, W 94 41.411
(29.3278, -94.6902)

Galveston East Bay: South Jetty

Galveston East Bay: South Jetty

SPECIES: Speckled Trout and Redfish
BEST BAITS: MirrOlure, Live Croaker
Contact: Capt. Nick Dykes
409-599-6804
TIPS: If you choose to use live croaker, Capt. Dykes will freeline the bait, a 2 foot shock leader, a Rattle Tube, and a 4/0 Khale Hook.

LOCATION: Sabine Lake
HOTSPOT: Jetty Tower
GPS: N 29 39.314, W 93 49.872
(29.6552, -93.8312)

Sabine Lake: Jetty Tower

Sabine Lake: Jetty Tower

SPECIES: Speckled Trout
BEST BAITS: Bass Assassin Soft Plastics
Contact: Capt. Bill Watkins
409-673-9211
[email protected]
www.fishsabinelake.com
TIPS: Capt. Watkins doesn’t really have favorite colors for soft plastics. If he has to choose colors, it would be chartreuse/pearl or pink/pearl.

LOCATION: West Matagorda Bay
HOTSPOT: Peninsula Shoreline
GPS: N 28 28.801, W 96 15.753
(28.4800, -96.2626)

West Matagorda Bay: Peninsula Shoreline

West Matagorda Bay: Peninsula Shoreline

SPECIES: Speckled Trout and Redfish
BEST BAITS: Norton Soft Plastics, Super Spook and Super Spook Junior
Contact: Capt. Nick Mosley
979-943-7497
[email protected]
saltwateraddictionguideservice.com
TIPS: Wade the south shoreline. “The fish will be a little smaller and you may have to weed out the smaller fish, but they are abundant. Fish are found typically in pockets of sand in the grass along the shoreline.” Capt. Mosley

LOCATION: West Matagorda Bay
HOTSPOT: Cottons Bayou
GPS: N 28 30.552, W 96 12.453
(28.5092, -96.2076)

West Matagorda Bay: Cottons Bayou

West Matagorda Bay: Cottons Bayou

SPECIES: Speckled Trout and Redfish
BEST BAITS: Norton Soft Plastics, Super Spook and Super Spook Junior
Contact: Capt. Nick Mosley
979-943-7497
[email protected]
saltwateraddictionguideservice.com
TIPS: Capt. Mosley’s favorite soft plastic colors are Chicken-on-a-Chain for clear water, plum/chartreuse tail or black/red metal flakes/chartreuse tail for off colored water.

 

MIDDLE TEXAS COAST

LOCATION: Port O’Connor
HOTSPOT: Jetties
GPS: N 28 25.212, W 96 19.544
(28.4202, -96.3257)

Port O’Connor: Jetties

Port O’Connor: Jetties

SPECIES: Redfish, Black Drum, Flounder, Speckled Trout
BEST BAITS: Live Shrimp, Croakers
Contact: Capt. Benny Judice
713-817-2471
TIPS: Jetty fishing: “Don’t let the live bait go down to fast, don’t let it sit on the rocks. The rocks are covered with barnacles and other stuff.” Capt. Judice

LOCATION: Port O’Connor
HOTSPOT: Army Cut
GPS: N 28 25.212, W 96 19.544
(28.4202, -96.3257)

Port O’Connor: Army Cut

Port O’Connor: Army Cut

SPECIES: Flounder
BEST BAITS: Live Shrimp, Croakers
Contact: Capt. Benny Judice
713-817-2471
TIPS: “Free line live shrimp, drifting down real slow, allowing the live shrimp to swim around.” Capt. Judice

 

LOCATION: Port O’Connor
HOTSPOT: Jetties
GPS: N 28 24.99, W 96 19.413
(28.4165, -96.3236)

Port O’Connor: Jetties

Port O’Connor: Jetties

SPECIES: Sheepshead
BEST BAITS: Live Shrimp, Croakers
Contact: Capt. Benny Judice
713-817-2471
TIPS: “Pop it up off the rocks, let it settle for a second or two, and pop it again.” Capt. Judice

 

LOCATION: Port O’Connor
HOTSPOT: Big Jetty Entrance
GPS: N 28 26.258, W 96 20.2
(28.4376, -96.3367)

Port O’Connor: Big Jetty Entrance

Port O’Connor: Big Jetty Entrance

SPECIES: Shark
BEST BAITS: Live Shrimp, Croakers
Contact: Capt. Benny Judice
713-817-2471
TIPS: “The Port O’Connor jetties are kind of stair-step in structure, terraced. Start at the top level, bounce off to the next level, bounce off the bait to the next one.” Capt. Judice

LOCATION: Aransas Bay
HOTSPOT: Bay Oil Wells
GPS: N 28 2.742, W 96 57.834
(28.0457, -96.9639)

Aransas Bay: Bay Oil Wells

Aransas Bay: Bay Oil Wells

SPECIES: Speckled Trout
BEST BAITS: Live Croaker
Contact: Capt. Colton Blackwell
361-243-8508
[email protected]
TIPS: “In May the trout will start feeding on live croaker or live shrimp under a popping cork around the Wells.” Capt. Blackwell

LOCATION: Aransas Bay
HOTSPOT: Bay Oil Wells and Pads
GPS: N 28 5.53, W 97 1.284
(28.0922, -97.0214)

Aransas Bay: Bay Oil Wells and Pads

Aransas Bay: Bay Oil Wells and Pads

SPECIES: Speckled Trout
BEST BAITS: Live Croaker
Contact: Capt. Colton Blackwell
361-243-8508
[email protected]
TIPS: “If you are concentrating your efforts on the shorelines, look sand pockets with the grass.” Capt. Blackwell

LOCATION: Corpus Christi Bay
HOTSPOT: Wells
GPS: N 27 44.764, W 97 11.141
(27.7461, -97.1857)

Corpus Christi Bay: Wells

Corpus Christi Bay: Wells

SPECIES: Speckled Trout
BEST BAITS: Live Croaker
Contact: Capt. Colton Blackwell
361-243-8508
[email protected]om
TIPS: Live bait under a popping cork: 40 inch leader under the popping cork. Artificial set up: small soft plastics on a 1/8 oz. jig head. Favorite colors are White Ice or Key Lime.

 

 

LOWER TEXAS COAST

LOCATION: Baffin Bay
HOTSPOT: South Shore Rocks
GPS: N 27 14.436, W 97 33.568
(27.2406, -97.5595)

Baffin Bay: South Shore Rocks

Baffin Bay: South Shore Rocks

SPECIES: Speckled Trout
BEST BAITS: Live Croaker
Contact: Capt. Daniel Land
361-876-7610
[email protected]
TIPS: “Berkley Gulp, white, under the popping cork will work if live shrimp are not available.” Capt. Land

LOCATION: Baffin Bay
HOTSPOT: Kennedy Shoreline
GPS: N 27 14.567, W 97 25.459
(27.2428, -97.4243)

Baffin Bay: Kennedy Shoreline

Baffin Bay: Kennedy Shoreline

SPECIES: Speckled Trout
BEST BAITS: Live Croaker or Live Shrimp
Contact: Capt. Daniel Land
361-876-7610
[email protected]
TIPS: “The trout will start feeding on live croaker in May. Hook the croaker by the anal fin. Live shrimp under a popping cork over deep rocks works well.” Capt. Land

LOCATION: Baffin Bay
HOTSPOT: Kieberg Point Rocks
GPS: N 27 17.337, W 97 35.202
(27.2890, -97.5867)

Baffin Bay: Kieberg Point Rocks

Baffin Bay: Kieberg Point Rocks

SPECIES: Speckled Trout
BEST BAITS: Live Croaker or Live Shrimp
Contact: Capt. Daniel Land
361-876-7610
[email protected]
TIPS: “Freeline the croaker using a Bay Finger Chatter weight.” Capt. Land usually has a foot-long leader under the cork, but it all depends the depth of the water being fished. “You want just enough leader length to keep the bait off the bottom.”

LOCATION: Baffin Bay
HOTSPOT: The Badlands
GPS: N 27 12.779, W 97 23.85
(27.2130, -97.3975)

Baffin Bay: The Badlands

Baffin Bay: The Badlands

SPECIES: Speckled Trout
BEST BAITS: Live Croaker
Contact: Capt. Daniel Land
361-876-7610
[email protected]
TIPS: “I typically use 6/0 Mustad croaker hook when using croaker. Give a spot about 15-30 minutes. If you don’t have a taker by then move on.” Capt. Land

 

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

Lower Laguna Madre: Gas Well Flats

Lower Laguna Madre: Gas Well Flats

SPECIES: Speckled Trout
BEST BAITS: Gulp under a popping cork
Contact: Capt. Grady Deaton
956-455-2503
[email protected]
www.dosgringosfishing.com
TIPS: Favorite Gulp color is New Penny with a chartreuse tail. “If you catch a skip jack, throw it into your ice chest, let it die, and cut it into pieces about an inch and a half long. Throw it out under the popping cork. We have caught a lot of redfish with this setup.” Capt. Deaton

 

LOCATION: Port Mansfield
HOTSPOT: Intercoastal Spoils
GPS: N 26 36.308, W 97 24.102
(26.6051, -97.4017)

Port Mansfield: Intercoastal Spoils

Port Mansfield: Intercoastal Spoils

SPECIES: Speckled Trout
BEST BAITS: Gulp under a popping cork
Contact: Capt. Grady Deaton
956-455-2503
[email protected]
www.dosgringosfishing.com
TIPS: Capt. Deaton fishes deeper water in the morning along the intercoastal canal, deeper water meaning 3-5 feet.

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