HOTSPOTS: Saltwater – August 2019

HOTSPOTS: Freshwater – August 2019
July 24, 2019

UPPER TEXAS COAST

• • • SPOTLIGHT • • •
Location: Galveston Trinity Bay
Hotspot: Sun Gas Wells
GPS: N 29 38.858, W 94 54.2
(29.6476, -94.9033)

Galveston Trinity Bay

Galveston Trinity Bay Sun Gas Wells

Species: Speckled Trout
Best Baits: Live Croaker or Shrimp
Contact: Capt. Ralph Frazier
281-337-0321
www.fraziersguideservice.com
Tips: Fishing the wells: “I like to get up current, so the bait cam move back toward the wells. Once we find fish, we go back around the well and drop anchor,” Capt. Frazier
• • •
Location: Galveston East Bay
Hotspot: Hanna’s Reef
GPS: N 29 28.471, W 94 43.251
(29.4745, -94.7209)

Galveston East Bay

Galveston East Bay Hanna’s Reef

Species: Speckled Trout
Best Baits: Live Croaker or Shrimp
Contact: Capt. Ralph Frazier
281-337-0321
www.fraziersguideservice.com
Tips: “There should be birds working in August. A live shrimp under a popping cork should produce fish.” Capt. Frazier

Location: Galveston East Bay
Hotspot: Ladies Pass
GPS: N 29 28.471, W 94 43.251
(29.4745, -94.7209)

Galveston East Bay

Galveston East Bay Ladies Pass

Species: Speckled Trout
Best Baits: Live Croaker or Shrimp
Contact: Capt. Ralph Frazier
281-337-0321
www.fraziersguideservice.com
Tips: “A lot of anglers will be dredging croaker around the reefs.” Capt. Frazier

Location: Galveston
Hotspot: North Jetty
GPS: N 29 21.272, W 94 43.091
(29.3545, -94.7182)

Galveston

Galveston North Jetty

Species: Speckled Trout
Best Baits: Live Croaker or Shrimp
Contact: Capt. Ralph Frazier
281-337-0321
www.fraziersguideservice.com
Tips: Walking the jetties: “People still walk, but I don’t recommend it. The North Jetty has a walkway out to the boat cut. I walked out on one and broke an ankle. The pros walk them using golf shoes that have metal spikes.” Capt. Frazier

Location: Galveston Trinity Bay
Hotspot: Dows Reef
GPS: N 29 38.932, W 94 48.436
(29.6489, -94.8073)

Galveston Trinity Bay

Galveston Trinity Bay Dows Reef

Species: Speckled Trout
Best Baits: Live Croaker or Shrimp
Contact: Capt. Ralph Frazier
281-337-0321
www.fraziersguideservice.com
Tips: “We definitely try to fish the jetties because you get a chance to catch a mixed bag of fish. On an incoming tide, fish the outside of the jetty; on outgoing tide, fish the channel side.” Capt. Frazier

Location: Matagorda
Hotspot: Matagorda Surf
GPS: N 28 35.666, W 95 59.268
(28.5944, -95.9878)

Matagorda

Matagorda Matagorda Surf

Species: Speckled Trout
Best Baits: Soft Plastic shrimp tails or topwater baits
Contact: Capt. Glenn Ging
979-479-1460
[email protected]
www.glennsguideservice.com
Tips: “When it’s green at the beach, that’s my first choice to fish,” said Capt. Ging. He will casting She Dogs, and She Pups, looking for holes in the beachfront where the water has washed out sand.

Location: Matagorda East Bay
Hotspot: Drulls Lump
GPS: N 28 42.285, W 95 50.066
(28.7048, -95.8344)

Matagorda East Bay

Matagorda East Bay Drulls Lump

Species: Speckled Trout
Best Baits: Popping Cork with Live Shrimp
Contact: Capt. Glenn Ging
979-479-1460
[email protected]
www.glennsguideservice.com
Tips: “In August we will be fishing the middle of the bay over deep shell in East Bay, wading the grass beds in West Bay, and the surf when the wind allows us.” Capt. Ging

Location: Matagorda East Bay
Hotspot: Halfmoon Shoal
GPS: N 28 43.371, W 95 46.228
(28.7229, -95.7705)

Matagorda East Bay

Matagorda East Bay Halfmoon Shoal

Species: Speckled Trout
Best Baits: Popping Cork with Live Shrimp
Contact: Capt. Glenn Ging
979-479-1460
[email protected]
www.glennsguideservice.com
Tips: “Set up long drifts fishing live shrimp under corks….once we locate the fish, then we make drifts over the top of them.” Capt. Ging

Location: Matagorda West Bay
Hotspot: Tres Palacios Bay
GPS: N 28 42.452, W 96 12.346
(28.7075, -96.2058)

Matagorda West Bay

Matagorda West Bay Tres Palacios Bay

Species: Speckled Trout
Best Baits: Soft Plastic shrimp tails or topwater baits
Contact: Capt. Glenn Ging
979-479-1460
[email protected]
www.glennsguideservice.com
Tips: “We will target the grass beds along the south shoreline from Cullen House down to the Port O’Connor Jetties.” Capt. Ging

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

Matagorda West Bay

Matagorda West Bay Peninsula Shoreline

Species: Speckled Trout
Best Baits: Soft Plastic shrimp tails or topwater baits
Contact: Capt. Glenn Ging
979-479-1460
[email protected]
www.glennsguideservice.com
Tips: “If the water is fairly clear, I will throw a lot of natural colors…Chicken on a Chain and Roach. For topwaters I like chrome/black back or chrome/pink back.” Capt. Ging

Location: Matagorda West Bay
Hotspot: Cottons Bayou Shoreline
GPS: N 28 31.342, W 96 12.489
(28.5224, -96.2082)

Matagorda West Bay

Matagorda West Bay Cottons Bayou Shoreline

Species: Speckled Trout
Best Baits: Soft Plastic shrimp tails or topwater baits
Contact: Capt. Glenn Ging
979-479-1460
[email protected]
www.glennsguideservice.com
Tips: Capt. Ging likes the Hogie Swimming Jack and Down South Plastics, along with a 1/8 oz. jig head.

Location: Sabine Lake
Hotspot: Sabine Channel
GPS: N 29 59.87, W 93 46.171
(29.9978, -93.7695)

Sabine Lake

Sabine Lake Sabine Channel

Species: Speckled Trout
Best Baits: Live Shrimp or soft plastic shrimp tails
Contact: Capt. Bill Watkins
409-673-9211
[email protected]
www.fishsabinelake.com
Tips: Capt. Watkins reports trout and redfish will be off the jetties and ship channel. Trout be at the short rigs and beachfront. Look for birds working popping shrimp.

 

MIDDLE TEXAS COAST

• • • SPOTLIGHT • • •
Location: Aransas Bay
Hotspot: North Mud Island
GPS: N 27 56.78, W 97 1.54
(27.9463, -97.0257)

Aransas Bay

Aransas Bay North Mud Island

Species: Speckled Trout
Best Baits: Soft Plastic Shrimp Tails
Contact: Capt. Jack McPartland
361-290-6302
[email protected]
treblejcharters.com
Tips: Capt. McPartland likes to use soft plastics on the deep side of the islands, 4-6.maybe 7-8 deep. Topwaters will work in the early morning.
• • •

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 Corpus Christi Bay Wells

Species: Speckled Trout
Best Baits: Soft Plastic Shrimp Tails
Contact: Capt. Jack McPartland
361-290-6302
[email protected]
treblejcharters.com
Tips: “If I’m fishing a well, I will be looking for fish in 12-15 of water…fish looking for cooler water temperatures.” Capt. McPartland

 

 

LOWER TEXAS COAST

• • • SPOTLIGHT • • •
Location: Baffin Bay
Hotspot: Slough Rocks
GPS: N 27 18.651, W 97 33.465
(27.3109, -97.5578)

Baffin Bay

Baffin Bay Slough Rocks

Species: Speckled Trout
Best Baits: Gambler and Down South soft plastics
Contact: Capt. Gilbert Esquivel
361-522-8496
Tips: Capt. Esquivel likes a four inch soft plastic in red/white tail along with a 1/16 oz. jig head. “The lighter jig head allows me to slow down the retrieve over vegetation and not get hung up.”
• • •

Location: Lower Laguna Madre
Hotspot: Land Cut Spoils
GPS: N 26 49.564, W 97 28.129
(26.8261, -97.4688)

Lower Laguna Madre

Lower Laguna Madre Land Cut Spoils

Species: Speckled Trout
Best Baits: Free line live croaker, pin perch, piggy perch or mullet.
Contact: Capt. Rudy Romero
956-226-3561
Tips: “I use Bay Banger chatter weights,” said Capt. Romero. “The BBs are bigger, louder, make a solid noise. Moving water is essential; outgoing tide is the perfect tide.”

Location: Port Mansfield
Hotspot: Ricon de San Jose
GPS: N 26 46.837, W 97 28.481
(26.7806, -97.4747)

Port Mansfield

Port Mansfield Ricon de San Jose

Species: Speckled Trout
Best Baits: Free line live croaker, pin perch, piggy perch or mullet.
Contact: Capt. Rudy Romero
956-226-3561
Tips: The second spawn of trout should occur in late August and into the fall months. Capt. Romero is fishing for trophy trout. Wading is the preferred method.

Location: Port Mansfield
Hotspot: Redfish Shoreline
GPS: N 26 36.868, W 97 26.532
(26.6145, -97.4422)

Port Mansfield

Port Mansfield Redfish Shoreline

Species: Speckled Trout
Best Baits: Free line live croaker, pin perch, piggy perch or mullet.
Contact: Capt. Rudy Romero
956-226-3561
Tips: “Wading puts less pressure on the fish. Anchor a couple 100 yards from your fishing spot and carefully work your way through the water.” Capt. Romero

Location: Port Mansfield
Hotspot: ICW Spoils
GPS: N 26 36.398, W 97 24.102
(26.6066, -97.4017)

Port Mansfield

Port Mansfield ICW Spoils

Species: Speckled Trout
Best Baits: Free line live croaker, pin perch, piggy perch or mullet.
Contact: Capt. Rudy Romero
956-226-3561
Tips: When wading the shorelines, target deep potholes that are surrounded by grass.

Location: South Padre Island
Hotspot: Northeast of East Cut
GPS: N 26 33.852, W 97 16.495
(26.5642, -97.2749)

South Padre Island

South Padre Island Northeast of East Cut

Species: Speckled Trout
Best Baits: Free line live croaker, pin perch, piggy perch or mullet.
Contact: Capt. Rudy Romero
956-226-3561
Tips: Rigging up: Capt. Romero uses braided line with a 30 lb. monofilament leader, about 17 inches long, and a #5 or #6 croaker hook.

 

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