HOTSPOTS: Saltwater – September 2019

HOTSPOTS: Freshwater – September 2019
August 24, 2019
COASTAL FORECAST: Lower Coast – September 2019
August 24, 2019

UPPER TEXAS COAST

• • • SPOTLIGHT • • •
LOCATION: Galveston Bay
HOTSPOT: Moses Lake Flood Gate
GPS: N 29 26.808, W 94 55.712
(29.4468, -94.9285)

Galveston Bay Moses Lake Flood Gate

SPECIES: Speckled Trout
BEST BAITS: Soft Plastics & Topwaters
CONTACT: Capt. Paul Marcaccio
281-788-4041
[email protected]
gofishgalveston.com
TIPS: Turn on Skyline Drive at the entrance to Texas City Dike. Fishing from the bank or wade fishing.
• • •
LOCATION: East Matagorda Bay
HOTSPOT: Raymond Shoal
GPS: N 28 40.449, W 95 53.898
(28.6742, -95.8983)

East Matagorda Bay

East Matagorda Bay Raymond Shoal

SPECIES: Redfish
BEST BAITS: Topwater baits and soft plastics
CONTACT: Capt. Tommy Countz
281-450-4037
[email protected]
www.matagordafishing.com
TIPS: Find the redfish in the middle of the bay…scattered shell throughout the bay from Boiler Bayou on the south shore on out into Raymond Shoal.

LOCATION: East Matagorda Bay
HOTSPOT: Bird Island
GPS: N 28 43.86, W 95 45.617
(28.7310, -95.7603)

East Matagorda Bay

East Matagorda Bay Bird Island

SPECIES: Redfish
BEST BAITS: Topwater baits and soft plastics
CONTACT: Capt. Tommy Countz
281-450-4037
[email protected]
www.matagordafishing.com
TIPS: “When drifting East Bay I will throw a heavier (1/4 oz) lead head to get farther out from the boat and get down quick. A lot of times the redfish will be closer to the bottom.”

LOCATION: Galveston Bay
HOTSPOT: Levee Flats
GPS: N 29 26.614, W 94 54.316
(29.4436, -94.9053)

Galveston Bay

Galveston Bay Levee Flats

SPECIES: Speckled Trout
BEST BAITS: Soft Plastics & Topwaters
CONTACT: Capt. Paul Marcaccio
281-788-4041
[email protected]
gofishgalveston.com
TIPS: This spot provides access to fishing without a boat.

LOCATION: Galveston East Bay
HOTSPOT: Richards Reef
GPS: N 29 31.408, W 94 44.276
(29.5235, -94.7379)

Galveston East Bay

Galveston East Bay Richards Reef

SPECIES: Speckled Trout
BEST BAITS: Soft Plastics
CONTACT: Capt. Paul Marcaccio
281-788-4041
[email protected]
gofishgalveston.com
TIPS: Concentrate on East Bay from the middle, Bull Shoals, all the way back to Rollover Pass. The mid bay reefs have been showing significant amount of 15-17 inch fish.

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

Galveston East Bay

Galveston East Bay Deep Reef

SPECIES: Speckled Trout
BEST BAITS: Soft Plastics & Topwaters
CONTACT: Capt. Paul Marcaccio
281-788-4041
[email protected]
gofishgalveston.com
TIPS: Capt. Marcaccio likes plum color variations in soft plastics….”as long as you can get enough red and silver flash coming from the bait.”

LOCATION: Galveston East Bay
HOTSPOT: Bull Shoals
GPS: N 29 28.716, W 94 44.424
(29.4786, -94.7404)

Galveston East Bay

Galveston East Bay Bull Shoals

SPECIES: Speckled Trout
BEST BAITS: Gold Spoon
CONTACT: Capt. Paul Marcaccio
281-788-4041
[email protected]
gofishgalveston.com
TIPS: “You ought to throw the gold spoon at least a half a dozen times a day while throwing your array of soft plastics. Throw it out and pull it in; nothing special.”

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

Galveston East Bay

Galveston East Bay Fat Rat Pass

SPECIES: Speckled Trout
BEST BAITS: Soft Plastics & Topwaters
CONTACT: Capt. Paul Marcaccio
281-788-4041
[email protected]
gofishgalveston.com
TIPS: “Concentrate on drains during falling tides. Predators will be sitting outside waiting for the bait to move out. Target either side of the drain.”

LOCATION: Sabine Lake
HOTSPOT: Black’s Bayou
GPS: N 29 59.866, W 93 45.182
(29.9978, -93.7530)

Sabine Lake

Sabine Lake Black’s Bayou

SPECIES: Speckled Trout
BEST BAITS: Soft Plastics
CONTACT: Capt. Eddie Hernandez
409-673-3100
www.goldenhookguide.com
TIPS: “The birds are working shrimp with trout under them at this time of the year. Any of the bigger bayous are good places to try your luck.”

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

West Matagorda Bay

West Matagorda Bay Cottons Bayou

SPECIES: Redfish
BEST BAITS: Topwater baits
CONTACT: Capt. Tommy Countz
281-450-4037
[email protected]
www.matagordafishing.com
TIPS: “Normally in September we start finding schools of redfish. I love fishing some of the back areas with topwaters. Look up on the banks, and if you see a bunch of reds hopping around, there are usually redfish blowing shrimp up.”

LOCATION: West Matagorda Bay
HOTSPOT: Greens Bayou
GPS: N 28 29.738, W 96 13.565
(28.4956, -96.2261)

West Matagorda Bay

West Matagorda Bay Greens Bayou

SPECIES: Redfish
BEST BAITS: Topwater baits
CONTACT: Capt. Tommy Countz
281-450-4037
[email protected]
www.matagordafishing.com
TIPS: “In the marshes you’ll have lots of little shrimp hatching out, and that’s what draws the redfish to school up and begin feeding on the shrimp.”

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MIDDLE TEXAS COAST

• • • SPOTLIGHT • • •
LOCATION: Port Aransas
HOTSPOT: Brown & Root Flats
GPS: N 27 51.164, W 97 5.812
(27.8527, -97.0969)

Port Aransas

Port Aransas Brown & Root Flats

SPECIES: Redfish
BEST BAITS: Cut bait, live mullet or a gold spoon
CONTACT: Capt. Jack McPartland
361-290-6302
[email protected]
www.treble-j-charters.com
TIPS: “The trout should be found in 4-6 feet of water; redfish will be up shallow.”
• • •
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, Redfish, & Black Tip Shark
BEST BAITS: Free Lined Live Croaker
CONTACT: Capt. Ryan Bailey
361-215-4617
[email protected]
TIPS: “Target the well pads where there is a bunch of rock structure. I use a #6 croaker hook, no weight and a live croaker. The water at the wells is probably 16-18 feet deep.”

LOCATION: Corpus Christi Bay
HOTSPOT: Corpus Christi Bay Front
GPS: N 27 44.957, W 97 22.511
(27.7493, -97.3752)

Corpus Christi Bay

Corpus Christi Bay Corpus Christi Bay Front

SPECIES: Speckled Trout
BEST BAITS: Free Lined Live Croaker
CONTACT: Capt. Ryan Bailey
361-215-4617
[email protected]
TIPS: “Pop the croaker about once a minute. If you feel a pickup, let the fish run about 15 feet, tightened the line and set the hook.”

LOCATION: Nueces Bay
HOTSPOT: Bay Bridge
GPS: N 27 50.642, W 97 22.145
(27.8440, -97.3691)

Nueces Bay

Nueces Bay Bay Bridge

SPECIES: Speckled Trout & Black Tip Shark
BEST BAITS: Free Lined Live Croaker
CONTACT: Capt. Ryan Bailey
361-215-4617
[email protected]
TIPS: “Black Tip Shark will hit a croaker just like a trout or redfish. The size of a croaker is immaterial. I have cleaned 7 inch croaker from 15 inch fish.”

LOCATION: Redfish Bay
HOTSPOT: Estes Flats
GPS: N 27 56.541, W 97 5.944
(27.9424, -97.0991)

Redfish Bay

Redfish Bay Estes Flats

SPECIES: Redfish
BEST BAITS: Cut bait, live mullet or a gold spoon
CONTACT: Capt. Jack McPartland
361-290-6302
[email protected]
www.treble-j-charters.com
TIPS: “I free line cut bait in sand pockets. If I do fish live mullet, I rig it Carolina style so if can’t swim off.”

 

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LOWER TEXAS COAST

• • • SPOTLIGHT • • •
LOCATION: Baffin Bay
HOTSPOT: Rocky Slough
GPS: N 27 9.903, W 97 26.716
(27.1651, -97.4453)

Baffin Bay

Baffin Bay Rocky Slough

SPECIES: Redfish & Speckled Trout
BEST BAITS: Live Shrimp free lined
CONTACT: Capt. Carlos Garcia
956-433-6094
[email protected]
TIPS: “When you see a mullet moving fast, a redfish is chasing it. As soon as it get right on top of the mullet, set the hook and hold on.”
• • •
LOCATION: Lower Laguna Madre
HOTSPOT: Stover Point
GPS: N 26 12.191, W 97 17.702
(26.2032, -97.2950)

Lower Laguna Madre

Lower Laguna Madre Stover Point

SPECIES: Redfish & Speckled Trout
BEST BAITS: Berkley Gulp under a popping cork
CONTACT: Capt. Carlos Garcia
956-433-6094
[email protected]
TIPS: “We are usually sight fish for the redfish while drifting in the boat and catch a lot of fish.”

LOCATION: Lower Laguna Madre
HOTSPOT: Cullen Bay Channel
GPS: N 26 15.812, W 97 17.166
(26.2635, -97.2861)

Lower Laguna Madre

Lower Laguna Madre Cullen Bay Channel

SPECIES: Redfish & Speckled Trout
BEST BAITS: Live Shrimp free lined
CONTACT: Capt. Carlos Garcia
956-433-6094
[email protected]
TIPS: “I fish a lot of the shallows along the drop-offs along the different islands. Cullen Bay works really well. There are a lot of fish backed up there in September.” Capt. Garcia

LOCATION: Port Mansfield
HOTSPOT: North Jetty
GPS: N 26 33.93, W 97 16.303
(26.5655, -97.2717)

Port Mansfield

Port Mansfield North Jetty

SPECIES: Redfish
BEST BAITS: Berkley Gulp
CONTACT: Capt. Carlos Garcia
956-433-6094
[email protected]
TIPS: Capt. Garcia reports by mid-month the bull reds should be moving into the area. “I use a popping cork to get their attention and they come up and get the Gulp.”

LOCATION: Port Mansfield
HOTSPOT: Rinco de San Jose Shoreline
GPS: N 26 47.384, W 97 28.0459
(26.7897, -97.4674)

Port Mansfield

Port Mansfield Rinco de San Jose Shoreline

SPECIES: Redfish
BEST BAITS: Berkley Gulp
CONTACT: Capt. Carlos Garcia
956-433-6094
[email protected]
TIPS: Capt. Garcia likes Gulp that has a chartreuse tail. “Mullet will work, also the Homewrecker lures work good…a funky tail that paddles really good.”

 

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