FALL HAS ARRIVED…or has it?
The fact that the calendar says the fall season officially starts in September doesn’t necessarily mean that the thermometer is going to support that theory.
In fact, more often than not, in Southeast Texas, what the calendar tells you is the exact opposite of what the thermometer is saying. With the exception of an occasional weak cool front, September on Sabine is more like an extension of the summer heat wave we have grown so accustomed to.
Cooler temperatures are on the horizon, but for now on Texas’s northernmost coast the heat wave continues. As eager as we are for the fronts to begin ushering in some nice football weather, we’re just going to have to wait patiently.
We’ll continue catching fish like we have been for the past several months. For the jetties and ship channel that means “Y’all aren’t quite rid of us yet.”
Those good, cold fronts will begin sucking shrimp and baitfish from the marsh soon enough, and we will chase birds and intercept flounder at the passes in due time.
For now though, while the air and water temperatures still have the mercury pushed towards the top, we will continue concentrating our efforts mostly south of the Causeway Bridge.
In the ship channel, the topwater bite should remain consistent early and late for the next few weeks. This will produce some very impressive stringers of trout and redfish.
Once the UV rays begin to penetrate the water and the blowups become fewer and farther between, make the switch to soft plastics bounced off the bottom on 1/8 ounce lead heads or under a popping cork. This should keep you on the fish.
Locations with good bait holding bottoms and fluctuating depths from Cheniere to the Old Jetties are areas you want to key on. Strong tidal movement and the abundance of baitfish is what keeps these areas among the top of most people’s list.
It will be the same story at the jetties. We still have a few more weeks of very consistent fishing there also. Again, throw topwaters early. Then switch to soft plastics around midmorning. That should result in putting fish in the box. Top Dog Jr., She Dogs and Skitterwalks in pearl, pink/silver and black/chartreuse are excellent plug choices.
Some high percentage soft plastics are Zoom Super Fluke, Saltwater Assassins, and H & H Cocahoe Minnow in LSU, glow and white ice. We’re going to continue to take what the fish gods are giving us while we patiently wait for the thermometer and calendar to get on the same page.
Location: Pleasure Island Marina (Concrete steps).
Species: Redfish, flounder, croaker, black drum, crabs.
Baits/Lures: Mud minnows, finger mullet, fresh dead shrimp, chicken legs and necks/
Best Times: All Day (especially with moving tide).
Email Eddie Hernandez at [email protected]