SEE YOU LATER, SPRING.
Or did you even make an appearance this year? If you did, it must’ve been a quick hello and goodbye because I really don’t recall seeing you.
Whether you did or not, the calendar now says it’s June. That means summer has officially ridden into town and has every intention of sticking around for a while.
The initial, dreadful thought of triple-digit heat index with barely a hint of a breeze is quickly set aside. It’s replaced by thoughts of virtually every inshore species fighting for their lives at the end of our lines.
That’s exactly what this month brings. Full throttle fishing begins now and will continue for the next few months. Every species known to these parts will be at your fingertips, for the taking.
Those big winds have pretty much blown themselves out. We are staring at hot, humid days, green water with lots of rod-bending action.
Now it is just a matter of figuring out what you want to do. The near-shore Gulf waters will produce everything from pompano to kings. The inshore waters of the channel, lake and bayous will be giving up the Big Three like it’s nobody’s business.
Fishing the open near-shore Gulf waters can be an exciting change of pace, and my goal is to do more of it this summer. Leaving the trout and reds alone every now and then is not that big of a sacrifice when sight-fishing for tripletail on a nice weed line, or catching bull reds and lings in a massive school of pogies.
I promised my kids we would do more shark fishing this year. You can bet I’ll be out there taking advantage of some of those ultra calm days chasing sharks, tripletails, lings and whatever else we can coax into taking our bait.
As for the Big Three, you should have little problem catching at least a few at most inshore honey holes. Tidal movement and the presence of bait are two very important ingredients that should put you in the money.
Two to six foot depths over mud and scattered shell can be prime real estate when you’ve got current and bait thrown into the mix. Greedy trout and reds will make their presence known in these areas. They should be more than willing to accept your offering of topwaters, crank baits and soft plastics. Skitterwalks and She Dogs as well as Rat-L-Traps, Heddon Swimming Image, Assassins and MirrOlure Lil John’s are some of our go-tos.
These same areas, as well as the points at the mouths of the bayous on the eastern side of the lake will also hold some nice flounders. GULP! Swimming Mullet and other curl-tail grubs tipped with fresh shrimp and live mud minnows will work well. Just drag them along the bottom and wait for the thump.
Location: South Revetment Road
Species: Trout, reds, flounder, croaker, drum
Baits/Lures: Topwaters, Soft plastics, live shrimp, dead shrimp, mud minnows
Best Times: All day, with moving tides.
Email Eddie Hernandez at [email protected]