HOTSPOTS: Saltwater – October 2019

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

UPPER TEXAS COAST

• • • SPOTLIGHT • • •
Location: Galveston Trinity Bay
Hotspot: April Fool Reef
GPS: N 29 29.077, W 94 54.773
(29.4846, -94.9129)

Galveston Trinity Bay

Galveston Trinity Bay April Fool Reef

Species: Speckled Trout
Best Baits: Live shrimp under a popping cork or soft plastic shrimp tails
Contact: Capt. David Dillman
832-228-8012
www.galvestonbaycharterfishing.com
Tips: Capt. Dillman prefers the paddle tail type of soft plastic shrimp tails with a 1/8 or 1/4 oz jig head.
• • •
Location: Galveston Trinity Bay
Hotspot: Red Bluff
GPS: N 29 36.193, W 94 58.061
(29.6032, -94.9677)

Galveston Trinity Bay

Galveston Trinity Bay Red Bluff

Species: Speckled Trout
Best Baits: Live shrimp under a popping cork or soft plastic shrimp tails
Contact: Capt. David Dillman
832-228-8012
www.galvestonbaycharterfishing.com
Tips: “An outgoing tide seem to be better than an incoming tide…gets the bait washing out of the marshes; the fish ambush them as they come into the bay.” Capt. Dillman

Location: Galveston Trinity Bay
Hotspot: The North Flats
GPS: N 29 42.146, W 94 51.242
(29.7024, -94.8540)

Galveston Trinity Bay

Galveston Trinity Bay The North Flats

Species: Speckled Trout
Best Baits: Live shrimp under a popping cork or soft plastic shrimp tails
Contact: Capt. David Dillman
832-228-8012
www.galvestonbaycharterfishing.com
Tips: There is bird action in the middle of the bay, diving for the popping shrimp as the trout drive the shrimp to the surface. Use a popping cork with live shrimp.

Location: Galveston Trinity Bay
Hotspot: Morgan’s Point
GPS: N 29 40.509, W 94 58.861
(29.6752, -94.9810)

Galveston Trinity Bay

Galveston Trinity Bay Morgan’s Point

Species: Speckled Trout
Best Baits: Live shrimp under a popping cork or soft plastic shrimp tails
Contact: Capt. David Dillman
832-228-8012
www.galvestonbaycharterfishing.com
Tips: Capt. Dillman likes the Wendy Marshall Attract a Fish Popping Cork. “It comes pre-rigged with hook, cork, colored sinker and leader line that can be adjusted to the depth you want the shrimp.” Capt. Dillman

Location: Matagorda East Bay
Hotspot: Raymond Shoal
GPS: N 28 40.449, W 95 53.898
(28.6742, -95.8983)

Matagorda East Bay

Matagorda East Bay Raymond Shoal

Species: Redfish
Best Baits: Skitter topwater
Contact: Capt. Tommy Countz
281-450-4037
[email protected]
www.matagordafishing.com
Tips: “One of my favorite things in October is fishing for schooling redfish. If I have a light wind, or a north wind, I will be fishing the north side of East Matagorda Bay.” Capt. Countz

Location: Matagorda
Hotspot: Diversion Channel
GPS: N 28 39.018, W 95 59.301
(28.6503, -95.9884)

Matagorda

Matagorda Diversion Channel

Species: Redfish
Best Baits: Skitter topwater
Contact: Capt. Tommy Countz
281-450-4037
[email protected]
www.matagordafishing.com
Tips: “I watch the shoreline for shore birds. They will be hopping along ahead of the redfish, trying to catch the shrimp jumping out of the water trying to escape the redfish.” Capt. Countz

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 Plastic tails on jig heads
Contact: Capt. Eddie Hernandez
409-673-3100
www.goldenhookguide.com
Tips: The birds will be working popping shrimp. “Any of the bigger bayous are good places to try in October.” Capt. Hernandez

 

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MIDDLE TEXAS COAST

• • • SPOTLIGHT • • •
Location: Aransas Bay
Hotspot: South Bay
GPS: N 27 53.459, W 97 5.789
(27.8910, -97.0965)

Aransas Bay<

Aransas Bay South Bay

Species: Redfish
Best Baits: Spoons, Soft Plastic tails or Finger Mullet
Contact: Capt. Jack McPartland
361-290-6302
[email protected]
www.treble-j-charters.com
Tips: Finger mullet can be fished Carolina style
• • •
Location: Aransas Bay
Hotspot: Mud Island Shoreline
GPS: N 27 56.38, W 97 0.763
(27.9397, -97.0127)

Aransas Bay

Aransas Bay Mud Island Shoreline

Species: Speckled Trout
Best Baits: Soft Plastic tails in Spicy Pumpkin/Chartreuse Tail
Contact: Capt. Jack McParland
361-290-6302
[email protected]
www.treble-j-charters.com
Tips: Capt. McPartland’s favorite soft plastic colors is Spicy Pumpkin/Chartreuse tail

Location: Aransas Bay
Hotspot: Upper Estes Flats
GPS: N 27 57.058, W 97 5.058
(27.9510, -97.0843)

Aransas Bay

Aransas Bay Upper Estes Flats

Species: Redfish
Best Baits: Spoons, Soft Plastic tails or Finger Mullet
Contact: Capt. Jack McPartland
361-290-6302
[email protected]
www.treble-j-charters.com
Tips: “For the redfish, I chunk spoons, soft plastics and cut bait into potholes in the grass.” Capt. McParland

Location: Aransas Bay
Hotspot: Traylor Island
GPS: N 27 56.841, W 97 4.263
(27.9474, -97.0711)

Aransas Bay

Aransas Bay Traylor Island

Species: Redfish & Speckled Trout
Best Baits: Cut Mullet or cut Shad
Contact: Capt. Jack McPartland
361-290-6302
[email protected]
www.treble-j-charters.com
Tips: Carolina Rig: 6/0 Circle hook with 25 lb. monofilament for leader. “I use monofilament because I can break it off if I get hung up and not lose everything.” Capt. McPartland

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

Corpus Christi Bay

Corpus Christi Bay Corpus Christi Wells

Species: Speckled Trout
Best Baits: Piggy Perch or Shrimp
Contact: Capt. Jack McPartland
361-290-6302
[email protected]
www.treble-j-charters.com
Tips: “I use a two-foot leader so I can keep tying my hook on several times before I have to redo the entire rig.” Capt. McPartland

 

 

LOWER TEXAS COAST

• • • SPOTLIGHT • • •
Location: Baffin Bay
Hotspot: ICW Spoils
GPS: N 27 16.674, W 97 23.821
(27.2779, -97.3970)

Baffin Bay

Baffin Bay ICW Spoils

Species: Speckled Trout
Best Baits: Soft Plastic tails & topwaters
Contact: Capt. Tommy Countz
281-450-4037
[email protected]
www.matagordafishing.com
Tips: Wind plays a big factor as to where to fish in October. “Wind out of the north, I’ll fish King Ranch side of the bay.” Capt. Countz
• • •
Location: Baffin Bay
Hotspot: North of Los Carrales
GPS: N 27 15.162, W 97 29.177
(27.2527, -97.4863)

Baffin Bay

Baffin Bay North of Los Carrales

Species: Speckled Trout
Best Baits: Soft Plastic tails & topwaters
Contact: Capt. Tommy Countz
281-450-4037
[email protected]
www.matagordafishing.com
Tips: “The Laguna Madre has so much grass that the wind can blow, and the water is still clear.” Capt. Countz

Location: Baffin Bay
Hotspot: Black Bluff Shoreline
GPS: N 27 13.972, W 97 31.112
(27.2329, -97.5185)

Baffin Bay

Baffin Bay Black Bluff Shoreline

Species: Speckled Trout
Best Baits: Soft Plastic tails & topwaters
Contact: Capt. Tommy Countz
281-450-4037
[email protected]
www.matagordafishing.com
Tips: “The high tides in October will actually put water over some of the rocks. I will fish a topwater over the top of rocks, getting fish hiding in the rocks to strike.” Capt. Countz

Location: Baffin Bay
Hotspot: ICW/Compuerta Pass
GPS: N 27 19.762, W 97 23.944
(27.3294, -97.3991)

Baffin Bay

Baffin Bay ICW/Compuerta Pass

Species: Speckled Trout
Best Baits: Soft Plastic tails & topwaters
Contact: Capt. Tommy Countz
281-450-4037
[email protected]
www.matagordafishing.com
Tips: Capt. Countz choice in a topwater lure is pink and silver Skitter Walk

Location: Port Mansfield
Hotspot: Marker 2
GPS: N 27 5.898, W 97 26.604
(27.0983, -97.4434)

Port Mansfield

Port Mansfield Marker 2

Species: Redfish
Best Baits: 1/16 oz. Knotty Head jig and DOA soft plastics
Contact: Capt. T.J. Reyna
956-331-5966
[email protected]
Tips: “Fish the flats and along the Intercoastal for redfish. Normally there will be pods of fish everywhere. Sight cast for them.” Capt. Reyna

Location: Port Mansfield
Hotspot: Rincon de San Jose Shoreline
GPS: N 26 47.384, W 97 28.459
(26.7897, -97.4743)

Port Mansfield

Port Mansfield Rincon de San Jose Shoreline

Species: Redfish
Best Baits: 1/16 oz. Knotty Head jig and DOA soft plastics
Contact: Capt. T.J. Reyna
956-331-5966
[email protected]
Tips: Capt. Reyna likes the gold/purple DOA Texas Croaker soft plastic with a split tail. “Bounce it off the bottom; it gets the attention of the fish.”

Location: Port Mansfield
Hotspot: Southeast Pocket
GPS: N 26 32.927, W 27 22.545
(26.5488, -97.3758)

Port Mansfield

Port Mansfield Southeast Pocket

Species: Redfish
Best Baits: 1/16 oz. Knotty Head jig and DOA soft plastics
Contact: Capt. T.J. Reyna
956-331-5966
[email protected]
Tips: “If the water is really clear I will go with the Texas Trophy with the gold belly. The reds will hit it like they would hit a gold spoon. If the water is dark, I’ll go with a Margarita Mansfield from Kelly Wiggler.” Capt. Reyna

 

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