HOTSPOTS: Saltwater – November 2019

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

UPPER TEXAS COAST

• • • SPOTLIGHT • • •
Location: Galveston Trinity Bay
Hotspot: Fishers Reef
GPS: N 29 40.116, W 94 51.073
(29.6686, -94.8512)

Galveston Trinity Bay

Galveston Trinity Bay Fishers Reef

Species: Speckled Trout
Best Baits: 1/4-1/8 oz. gold spoons, Bass Assassin Soft Plastics, MirrOdine Suspending Twitchbait
Contact: Capt. Paul Marcaccio
281-788-4041
[email protected]
gofishgalveston.com
Tips: “North and south shorelines should have diving gulls feeding on shrimp popping the surface…easy pickings throwing gold spoons, soft plastic tails. Tail colors are not real important when fishing under the birds … as long as the bait is moving, the trout will go after it.” Capt. Marcaccio “
• • •

Location: East Matagorda Bay
Hotspot: Raymond Shoal
GPS: N 28 40.434, W 95 53.899
(28.673906, -95.898314)

East Matagorda Bay

East Matagorda Bay Raymond Shoal

Species: Speckled Trout
Best Baits: MirrOLure Lil John on a 1/16 oz. jig head
Contact: Capt. Tommy Countz
281-450-4037
[email protected]
matagordafishing.com
Tips: “Look for birds working shrimp, usually west or east end. It’s 90 percent mud flats. Fish where you see a lot of bait popping around.” Capt. Countz

Location: East Matagorda Bay
Hotspot: Boggy Cut
GPS: N 28 44.069, W 95 49.682
(28.734481, -95.828034)

East Matagorda Bay

East Matagorda Bay Boggy Cut

Species: Speckled Trout
Best Baits: MirrOlure Lil John on a 1/16 oz. jig head
Contact: Capt. Tommy Countz
281-450-4037
[email protected]
matagordafishing.com
Tips: You can keep the Lil John with a 1/16 oz jig head in the water column and not hang up on grass. It throws like a bullet, doesn’t catch much wind, and you work it slow.

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: MirrOlure Lil John on a 1/16 oz. jig head
Contact: Capt. Tommy Countz
281-450-4037
[email protected]
matagordafishing.com
Tips: “In November we will catch more redfish out of East Bay. The redfish like to stay down on the bottom below the trout, picking up the shrimp that the trout don’s snatch up. I use a 3/8 oz. jig head.” Capt. Countz

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: 1/4-1/8 oz. gold spoons, Bass Assassin Soft Plastics, MirrOdine Suspending Twitchbait
Contact: Capt. Paul Marcaccio
281-788-4041
[email protected]
gofishgalveston.com
Tips: “Water temps dropping from the 70s down to 60s means you don’t need any early morning starts. If you’re wading, stay skinny as long as you can. As the sun gets up, the big fish will move out from the shallow mud bottoms to the shell bottoms.” Capt. Marcaccio

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: 1/4-1/8 oz. gold spoons, Bass Assassin Soft Plastics, MirrOdine Suspending Twitchbait
Contact: Capt. Paul Marcaccio
281-788-4041
[email protected]
gofishgalveston.com
Tips: “Key on outgoing tides if you can. Drains and bayous offer great ambush points for the those ‘big girls’, fish over 25 inches.” Capt. Marcaccio

Location: Galveston West Bay
Hotspot: North Shoreline
GPS: N 29 14.315, W 95 0.677
(29.2386, -95.0113)

Galveston West Bay

Galveston West Bay North Shoreline

Species: Speckled Trout
Best Baits: 1/4-1/8 oz. gold spoons, Bass Assassin Soft Plastics, MirrOdine Suspending Twitchbait
Contact: Capt. Paul Marcaccio
281-788-4041
[email protected]
gofishgalveston.com
Tips: Soft plastic colors: “Any bait with a paddle tail and a bright color should work…Fire Tiger, Limetreuse, Chicken On A Chain. The paddle tail action is more likely to draw the strike.” Capt. Marcaccio

Location: Galveston West Bay
Hotspot: Campbell Reef
GPS: N 29 21, W 94 52.325
(29.3500, -94.8721)

Galveston West Bay

Galveston West Bay Campbell Reef

Species: Speckled Trout, Redfish
Best Baits: Topwaters
Contact: Capt. Paul Marcaccio
281-788-4041
[email protected]
gofishgalveston.com
Tips: Baby Spooks, She Pup … small applications, no big baits and very little lure movement. Once there’s a strike or blow-up and the fish misses the bait, don’t move the bait, allow it to sit. The fish is still in the area.” Capt. Marcaccio

Location: Matagorda
Hotspot: Colorado River
GPS: N 28 35.849, W 95 58.649
(28.5975, -95.9775)

Matagorda

Matagorda Colorado River

Species: Speckled Trout
Best Baits: MirrOlure Lil John on a 1/16 oz. jig head
Contact: Capt. Tommy Countz
281-450-4037
[email protected]
matagordafishing.com
Tips: “Use a heavier lead head, drift down the river and throw the lure op on the shelves along the banks, retrieve and let it drop off into water. Drift until you catch a couple of trout, then go back up the river and drift/cast again.” Capt. Countz

Location: Sabine Lake
Hotspot: East Pass
GPS: N 29 59.027, W 93 46.562
(29.9838, -93.7760)

Sabine Lake

Sabine Lake East Pass

Species: Speckled Trout
Best Baits: Soft Plastics or Live Bait
Contact: Capt. Bill Watkins
409-673-9211
[email protected]
www.fishsabinelake.com
Tips: Capt. Watkins’ favorite colors in soft plastics are white/chartreuse, red/gold flake/chartreuse tail and chartreuse/gold.

Location: West Matagorda Bay
Hotspot: Zipprian’s Bayou
GPS: N 28 36.019, W 95 59.912
(28.6003, -95.9985)

West Matagorda Bay

West Matagorda Bay Zipprian’s Bayou

Species: Redfish
Best Baits: MirrOlure Lil John on a 1/16 oz. jig head
Contact: Capt. Tommy Countz
281-450-4037
[email protected]
matagordafishing.com
Tips: “If we don’t get any strong Northers, some of the back lakes will still have some fish. Typically, we will start getting fronts pushing through and lowering the water level.” Capt. Countz

Location: West Matagorda Bay
Hotspot: Big Bayou
GPS: N 28 35.171, W 96 3.157
(28.5862, -96.0526)

West Matagorda Bay

West Matagorda Bay Big Bayou

Species: Redfish
Best Baits: MirrOlure Lil John on a 1/16 oz. jig head
Contact: Capt. Tommy Countz
281-450-4037
[email protected]
matagordafishing.com
Tips: Favorite soft plastic colors: Glow/chartreuse tail, Watermelon…”the Mirrolure soft plastics are scented, which helps draw fish.” Capt. Countz

 

MIDDLE TEXAS COAST

• • • SPOTLIGHT • • •
Location: Corpus Christi Bay
Hotspot: Portland Shoreline
GPS: N 27 52.51, W 97 18.013
(27.8752, -97.3002)

Corpus Christi Bay

Corpus Christi Bay Portland Shoreline

Species: Speckled Trout and Redfish
Best Baits: Live Shrimp
Contact: Capt. Mack Gable
361-790-9601
Tips: Speckled trout, redfish fair to good on the reefs of the Portland shoreline, Causeway and Boat Hole.
• • •

Location: Copano Bay
Hotspot: Italian Bend
GPS: N 28 1.711, W 97 8.632
(28.0285, -97.1439)

Copano Bay

Copano Bay Italian Bend

Species: Speckled Trout, Redfish and Flounder
Best Baits: bay
Contact: Capt. Mack Gable
361-790-9601
Tips: The Italian Bend has mixture of sand and grass. Trout and Redfish fishing can be good in early winter. It may also be good for flounder as the water temps cool down.

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

Port Aransas

Port Aransas Traylor Island

Species: Speckled Trout
Best Baits: Live Shrimp
Contact: Capt. Mack Gable
361-790-9601
Tips: Speckled trout fishing is rated as fair to good around Traylor Island and Mud Island

Location: Redfish Bay
Hotspot: Morris & Cummings Cut
GPS: N 27 50.572, W 97 7.746
(27.8429, -97.1291)

Redfish Bay

Redfish Bay Morris & Cummings Cut

Species: Speckled Trout and Redfish
Best Baits: Piggy Perch
Contact: Capt. Mack Gable
361-790-9601
Tips: Piggy perch freelined should be picking up some trout for anglers fishing from the bank.

Location: San Antonio Bay
Hotspot: Chicken Foot Reef
GPS: N 28 15.928, W 96 47.346
(28.2655, -96.7891)

San Antonio Bay

San Antonio Bay Chicken Foot Reef

Species: Speckled Trout and Redfish
Best Baits: Live Shrimp
Contact: Capt. Chris Martin
888-677-4867
[email protected]
www.bayflatslodge.com
Tips: Chicken Foot Reef is a small oyster reef in the southern end of San Antonio Bay, produces trout year-around.

 

LOWER TEXAS COAST

• • • SPOTLIGHT • • •
Location: Arroyo Colorado
Hotspot: Green Island
GPS: N 26 23.31, W 97 19.876
(26.3885, -97.3313)

Arroyo Colorado

Arroyo Colorado Green Island

Species: Speckled Trout
Best Baits: Piggy Perch, topwater lures
Contact: Capt. Rudy Romero
956-226-3561
Tips: “We place a “Bay Banger” chatter weight between the fishing line and leader.” Capt. Romero
• • •

Location: Lower Laguna Madre
Hotspot: Laguna Vista along Hwy 190
GPS: N 26 5.522, W 97 16.656
(26.0920, -97.2776)

Lower Laguna Madre

Lower Laguna Madre Laguna Vista along Hwy 190

Species: Speckled Trout
Best Baits: Piggy Perch, topwater lures
Contact: Capt. Rudy Romero
956-226-3561
Tips: “In fall we use bigger live baits, big topwater lures, looking for big trout … piggy perch, croaker, Skitter Walk, Super Spook.” Capt. Romero

Location: Lower Laguna Madre
Hotspot: Holly Beach
GPS: N 26 8.19, W 97 17.507
(26.1365, -97.2918)

Lower Laguna Madre

Lower Laguna Madre Holly Beach

Species: Speckled Trout
Best Baits: Piggy Perch, topwater lures
Contact: Capt. Rudy Romero
956-226-3561
Tips: “Use 4- to 5-inch live bait, free lined, 6/0 hook, 15-inch leader with 20-30 lb. monofilament line when fishing shallow water. If the fish are in deeper water, shorten leader length.” Capt. Romero

Location: Port Mansfield
Hotspot: The Drain
GPS: N 26 33.719, W 97 20.323
(26.5620, -97.3387)

Port Mansfield

Port Mansfield The Drain

Species: Speckled Trout
Best Baits: Piggy Perch, topwater lures
Contact: Capt. Rudy Romero
956-226-3561
Tips: “If the fish are aggressive, use a big topwater lure; if action is slower switch to smaller lure.” Capt. Romero

Location: Port Mansfield
Hotspot: The Boiler
GPS: N 26 28.722, W 97 21.027
(26.4787, -97.3505)

Port Mansfield

Port Mansfield The Boiler

Species: Speckled Trout
Best Baits: Piggy Perch, topwater lures
Contact: Capt. Rudy Romero
956-226-3561
Tips: Capt. Romero’s favorite topwater lure colors are pink, gold, chartreuse or solid gold…”just a hot color.” Capt. Romero

 

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