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HOTSPOTS: Saltwater – July 2019

UPPER TEXAS COAST

• • • SPOTLIGHT • • •
LOCATION: Sabine Lake
HOTSPOT: Short Rigs
GPS: N 29 39.236, W 93 48.289
(29.6539, -93.8048)

Sabine Lake Short Rigs

SPECIES: Speckled Trout
BEST BAITS: Lil John soft plastic
CONTACT: Capt. Bill Watkins
409-673-9211
97862018@sbcglobal.net
www.fishsabinelake.com
TIPS: “Trout fishing at the Short Rigs and beachfront should be good…anywhere in the Ship Channel.” Capt. Watkins
• • •
LOCATION: Galveston East Bay
HOTSPOT: Hanna’s Reef
GPS: N 29 28.703, W 94 45.703
(29.4784, -94.7617)

Galveston East Bay Hanna’s Reef

SPECIES: Speckled Trout
BEST BAITS: 1/8 ounce jig head with soft plastics
CONTACT: Capt. Paul Marcaccio
281-788-4041
captpaul@gofishgalveston.com
gofishgalveston.com
TIPS: “If you plan to wade fish, plan on doing it before the sun comes up. Oxygen in the water is depleted on the shoreline almost before daylight.” Capt. Marcaccio

LOCATION: Galveston East Bay
HOTSPOT: Deep Reef
GPS: N 29 30.802, W 94 40.581
(29.5134, -94.6764)

Galveston East Bay Deep Reef

SPECIES: Speckled Trout
BEST BAITS: 1/8 ounce jig head with soft plastics
CONTACT: Capt. Paul Marcaccio
281-788-4041
captpaul@gofishgalveston.com
gofishgalveston.com
TIPS: Soft plastics colors: plum/chartreuse, Fire Tiger in clear water; Motor Oil and Red Shad

LOCATION: Galveston East Bay
HOTSPOT: Richards Reef
GPS: N 29 31.429, W 94 45.323
(29.5238, -94.7554)

Galveston East Bay Richards Reef

SPECIES: Speckled Trout
BEST BAITS: 1/8 ounce jig head with soft plastics
CONTACT: Capt. Paul Marcaccio
281-788-4041
captpaul@gofishgalveston.com
gofishgalveston.com
TIPS: “Mud balls, bait flipping on water, and big balls of shad are true signs of fish close by.” Capt. Marcaccio

LOCATION: Galveston Trinity Bay
HOTSPOT: Exxon C Lease
GPS: N 29 40.446, W 94 45.579
(29.6741, -94.7597)

Galveston Trinity Bay Exxon C Lease

SPECIES: Speckled Trout
BEST BAITS: 1/4 oz. Gold Spoons
CONTACT: Capt. Paul Marcaccio
281-788-4041
captpaul@gofishgalveston.com
gofishgalveston.com
TIPS: “The wells in Trinity 14nd mid bay reefs in East Bay should be holding fish.

LOCATION: Matagorda
HOTSPOT: Beach Front
GPS: N 28 35.569, W 95 59.268
(28.5928, -95.9878)

Matagorda Beach Front

SPECIES: Speckled Trout
BEST BAITS: Gold or Silver Spoons
CONTACT: Capt. Tommy Countz
281-450-4037
tcountz@sbcglobal.net
www.matagordafishing.com
TIPS: “In light winds, try you luck in the surf.” Capt. Countz

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

SPECIES: Speckled Trout
BEST BAITS: Soft Plastics and Topwaters early
CONTACT: Capt. Tommy Countz
281-450-4037
tcountz@sbcglobal.net
www.matagordafishing.com
TIPS: I prefer to wade fish, normally along the shoreline of West Matagorda Bay in the summertime. I look for the deeper guts, maybe 4-5 feet deep. Fish the edges of the gut or into the gut itself.” Capt. Countz

LOCATION: West Matagorda Bay
HOTSPOT: Middle Ground
GPS: N 28 30.692, W 96 13.611
(28.5115, -96.2269)

West Matagorda Bay Middle Ground

SPECIES: Speckled Trout
BEST BAITS: Live Shrimp under a Popping Cork
CONTACT: Capt. Tommy Countz
281-450-4037
tcountz@sbcglobal.net
www.matagordafishing.com
TIPS: Capt. Countz shared that Middle Ground can have some bit trout hanging around when the temperature get hot.

LOCATION: West Matagorda Bay
HOTSPOT: Green Reef
GPS: N 28 29.805, W 96 14.265
(28.4968, -96.2378)

West Matagorda Bay Green Reef

SPECIES: Speckled Trout
BEST BAITS: Soft Plastics
CONTACT: Capt. Tommy Countz
281-450-4037
tcountz@sbcglobal.net
www.matagordafishing.com
TIPS: “Fish the guts on incoming tides throwing a Lil John soft plastic. You can keep it up out of the grass a little better, and you can throw it like a bullet.” Capt. Countz

LOCATION: West Matagorda Bay
HOTSPOT: Half Moon Reef
GPS: N 28 32.638, W 96 15.362
(28.5440, -96.2560)

West Matagorda Bay Half Moon Reef

SPECIES: Speckled Trout
BEST BAITS: Live Shrimp under a Popping Cork
CONTACT: Capt. Tommy Countz
281-450-4037
tcountz@sbcglobal.net
tcountz@sbcglobal.net
www.matagordafishing.com
TIPS: “Begin your day fishing the edges of the reefs early in the morning and then moving out to deeper water as the sun comes up.” Capt. Tommy Countz.

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MIDDLE TEXAS COAST

• • • SPOTLIGHT • • •
LOCATION: Aransas Bay
HOTSPOT: Allyn’s Lake
GPS: N 27 58.961, W 96 59.015
(27.9827, -96.9836)

Aransas Bay Allyn’s Lake

SPECIES: Black Drum
BEST BAITS: Piggy Perch or Croaker
CONTACT: Capt. Jack McPartland
361-290-6302
treblejcharters@yahoo.com
treblejcharters.com
TIPS: “Fishing probably more for black drum than redfish in July,” said Capt. McPartland. “There ought to be schools of black drum showing up as mud balls on the water surface.”
• • •
LOCATION: Aransas Bay
HOTSPOT: Bay Oil Wells and Pads
GPS: N 28 2.058, W 97 1.056
(28.0343, -97.0176)

Aransas Bay Bay Oil Wells and Pads

SPECIES: Speckled Trout
BEST BAITS: Soft Plastics
CONTACT: Capt. Jack McPartland
361-290-6302
treblejcharters@yahoo.com
treblejcharters.com
TIPS: “If I’m fishing around the wells, I will probably be fishing 12-15 feet of water….searching for the cooler water that fish want.” Capt. McPartland

LOCATION: Aransas Bay
HOTSPOT: North Mud Island
GPS: N 27 56.78, W 97 1.54
(27.9463, -97.0257)

Aransas Bay North Mud Island

SPECIES: Speckled Trout
BEST BAITS: Soft Plastics
CONTACT: Capt. Jack McPartland
361-290-6302
treblejcharters@yahoo.com
treblejcharters.com
TIPS: “The outside of the islands, the Aransas Bay side, 4 feet of water at sunup. Slowly work your way a little deeper as the sun comes up.” Capt. McPartland

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

Corpus Christi Bay Corpus Christi Bay Wells

SPECIES: Speckled Trout
BEST BAITS: Soft Plastics
CONTACT: Capt. Jack McPartland
361-290-6302
treblejcharters@yahoo.com
treblejcharters.com
TIPS: Capt. McPartland will be throwing soft plastics on the deep side of the islands, 4-6 feet deep. Topwaters will work early morning.

LOCATION: Corpus Christi Bay
HOTSPOT: Demit Island
GPS: N 27 41.473, W 97 14.166
(27.6912, -97.2361)

Corpus Christi Bay Demit Island

SPECIES: Speckled Trout
BEST BAITS: Soft Plastics
CONTACT: Capt. Jack McPartland
361-290-6302
treblejcharters@yahoo.com
treblejcharters.com
TIPS: Capt. McPartland freelines the piggy perch or croaker on a 6/0 Khale hook. “I freeline everything when it comes to live bait.”

 

 

LOWER TEXAS COAST

• • • SPOTLIGHT • • •
LOCATION: Lower Laguna Madre
HOTSPOT: High School Shoreline
GPS: N 26 4.83, W 97 14.87
(26.0805, -97.2478)

Lower Laguna Madre High School Shoreline

SPECIES: Speckled Trout
BEST BAITS: Down South soft plastics with a 1/16 oz jig head
CONTACT: Capt. Ismail Yamez
956-202-5550
TIPS: His favorite colors in soft plastics are Clear, Tequila or purple/chartreuse. “If you can find fish anytime during the day, you are going catch fish.
• • •
LOCATION: Baffin Bay
HOTSPOT: Neubaurer Rocks
GPS: N 27 18.134, W 97 39.07
(27.3022, -97.6512)

Baffin Bay Neubaurer Rocks

SPECIES: Speckled Trout
BEST BAITS: Soft Plastics
CONTACT: Capt. Gilbert Esquivel
361-522-8496
TIPS: Fish rock structures in mid-morning and shorelines early mornings, wading, water depth 2-3 feet.

LOCATION: Baffin Bay
HOTSPOT: Sloughs Rocks
GPS: N 27 18.651, W 97 33.465
(27.3109, -97.5578)

Baffin Bay Sloughs Rocks

SPECIES: Speckled Trout
BEST BAITS: Croaker
CONTACT: Capt. Gilbert Esquivel
361-522-8496
TIPS: “If the bite is really active, I will work the lure faster or slower…slower to annoy them a little more to make the fish strike. July is the best time to use croaker in these locations.” Capt. Esquivel

LOCATION: Lower Laguna Madre
HOTSPOT: Mesquite Flats

Lower Laguna Madre: Mesquite Flats

GPS: N 26 3.668, W 97 11.409
(26.0611, -97.1902)

SPECIES: Speckled Trout
BEST BAITS: Down South soft plastics with a 1/16 oz jig head
CONTACT: Capt. Ismail Yamez
956-202-5550
TIPS: Capt. Yamez is fishing shallow water, 1 1/2 feet deep anywhere along the Lower Laguna Madre, sight casting for speckled trout and redfish.”

LOCATION: Lower Laguna Madre
HOTSPOT: South Side Island
GPS: N 26 9.132, W 97 11.34
(26.1522, -97.1890)

Lower Laguna Madre South Side Island

SPECIES: Redfish
BEST BAITS: Down South soft plastics with a 1/16 oz jig head
CONTACT: Capt. Ismail Yamez
956-202-5550
TIPS: “As the water heats up move back to about 2 feet of water.” Capt. Yamez

LOCATION: South Bay
HOTSPOT: South Bay East Table Top
GPS: N 26 1.431, W 97 11.089
(26.0239, -97.1848)

South Bay East Table Top

SPECIES: Redfish
BEST BAITS: Down South soft plastics with a 1/16 oz jig head
CONTACT: Capt. Ismail Yamez
956-202-5550
TIPS: “Look for fish sitting there in pockets, or fish swimming by you. Cast past the fish and bring the bait back to the fish.” Capt. Yamez

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