HOTSPOTS: Saltwater – December 2019

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

UPPER TEXAS COAST

• • • SPOTLIGHT • • •
Location: Galveston East Bay
Hotspot: Anahuac Refuge Flats
GPS: N 29 33.804, W 94 32.374
(29.5634, -94.5396)

Galveston East Bay

Galveston East Bay Anahuac Refuge Flats

Species: Speckled Trout
Best Baits: Soft Plastics, MirrOdine, Corky, Catch 2000
Contact: Capt. Paul Marcaccio
281-788-4041
[email protected]
gofishgalveston.com
Tips: “Wading really helps because you can sit there and make a presentation of 360 degrees. You can change bait colors, presentation and type of baits before you move on to a new area.” Capt. Marcaccio
• • •
Location: Galveston Bay
Hotspot: Burnett Bay
GPS: N 29 46.282, W 95 03.163
(29.771362, -95.05271)

Galveston Bay

Galveston Bay Burnett Bay

Species: Speckled Trout
Best Baits: Soft Plastics, MirrOdine, Corky, Catch 2000
Contact: Capt. Paul Marcaccio
281-788-4041
[email protected]
gofishgalveston.com
Tips: Bait movement: Flipping mullet -” A dangerously impaired mullet…There won’t be a lot of them, just an occasional mullet. There is a predator in the area.” Capt. Marcaccio

Location: Galveston East Bay
Hotspot: Tire and Tong Reef
GPS: N 29 32.232, W 94 30.351
(29.5372, -94.5059)

Galveston East Bay

Galveston East Bay Tire and Tong Reef

Species: Speckled Trout
Best Baits: Soft Plastics, MirrOdine, Corky, Catch 2000
Contact: Capt. Paul Marcaccio
281-788-4041
[email protected]
gofishgalveston.com
Tips: Soft Plastic colors: black, plum, Pumpkin See in off-color water…pearl, Fire Tiger, Limeteuse for clear water. “The style of bait becomes more important than color.” Capt. Marcaccio

Location: Galveston West Bay
Hotspot: Confederate Reef
GPS: N 29 15.755, W 94 55.177
(29.2626, -94.9196)

Galveston West Bay

Galveston West Bay Confederate Reef

Species: Speckled Trout
Best Baits: Soft Plastics, MirrOdine, Corky, Catch 2000
Contact: Capt. Paul Marcaccio
281-788-4041
[email protected]
gofishgalveston.com
Tips: According to Capt. Marcaccio, December is the time to target big speckled trout, “Two days before the new moon, two days after each moon phase.”

Location: Galveston West Bay
Hotspot: Carancaua Reef
GPS: N 29 12.694, W 94 59.788
(29.2116, -94.9965)

Galveston West Bay

Galveston West Bay Carancaua Reef

Species: Speckled Trout
Best Baits: Soft Plastics, MirrOdine, Corky, Catch 2000
Contact: Capt. Paul Marcaccio
281-788-4041
[email protected]
gofishgalveston.com
Tips: Presentation of your bait is “slower and slower”. Target shorelines with drains, mid-morning to late evenings, while wade fishing.

Location: Galveston West Bay
Hotspot: Chocolate Bay Shoreline
GPS: N 29 10.392, W 95 9.005
(29.1732, -95.1501)

Galveston West Bay

Galveston West Bay Chocolate Bay Shoreline

Species: Speckled Trout
Best Baits: Soft Plastics, MirrOdine, Corky, Catch 2000
Contact: Capt. Paul Marcaccio
281-788-4041
[email protected]
gofishgalveston.com
Tips: “Soft plastic baits with a 1/8 oz jig head for the shorelines; a 1/4 oz. jig head if drifting. Slow down … if you are not getting stuck, you are reeling too fast.” Capt. Marcaccio

Location: Matagorda
Hotspot: Colorado River
GPS: N 28 35.542, W 95 58.706
(28.5924, -95.9784)

Matagorda

Matagorda Colorado River

Species: Speckled Trout
Best Baits: Soft Plastic Tails with 1/4 or 3/8 oz. jig heads
Contact: Capt. Kendall Kersh
979-248-1871
[email protected]
puresaltadventures.com
Tips: Capt. Kersh says as long as the Colorado River remains “green” the river should provide good trout fishing in December. He and clients will be throwing soft plastics on a 1/4 or 3/8 oz. jig head.

Location: Matagorda
Hotspot: Colorado River
GPS: N 28 35.683, W 95 58.981
(28.5947, -95.9830)

Matagorda

Matagorda Colorado River

Species: Speckled Trout
Best Baits: Soft Plastic Tails with 1/4 or 3/8 oz. jig heads
Contact: Capt. Kendall Kersh
979-248-1871
[email protected]
puresaltadventures.com
Tips: “We travel up the river to the Hwy. 521 bridge, and then let the current move us down the river. We are looking for bait activity, and then concentrate on fishing drop-offs and sandbars.” Capt. Kersh

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

Matagorda

Matagorda Diversion Channel

Species: Speckled Trout
Best Baits: Soft Plastic Tails with 1/4 or 3/8 oz. jig heads
Contact: Capt. Kendall Kersh
979-248-1871
[email protected]
puresaltadventures.com
Tips: Slow retrieve: “Using paddle tail soft plastics, you just want to keep it barely moving, just off the bottom. If you are snagging the bottom, retrieve just a little bit faster. A hit will come sometimes just as you speed up your retrieve or lift up your fishing rod.” Capt. Kersh

Location: Matagorda
Hotspot: Oyster Lake Cut
GPS: N 28 35.379, W 96 10.781
(28.5897, -96.1797)

Matagorda

Matagorda Oyster Lake Cut

Species: Speckled Trout
Best Baits: Soft Plastic Tails with 1/4 or 3/8 oz. jig heads
Contact: Capt. Kendall Kersh
979-248-1871
[email protected]
puresaltadventures.com
Tips: Fish the Diversion Channel all the way until it meets West Matagorda Bay. Again, look for bait activity, stop and fish the area.

Location: Sabine Lake
Hotspot: Oyster Reef
GPS: N 29 46.198, W 93 54.781
(29.7700, -93.9130)

Sabine Lake

Sabine Lake Oyster Reef

Species: Redfish
Best Baits: Cut Mullet or Soft Plastics
Contact: Capt. Eddie Hernandez
409-721-5467
www.goldenhookguide.com
Tips: Flounder can be great in December at the Bridge Hole (n 29 46.082 w 93 53.747). At the Reef, anchor just off the shoreline in 3-6 feet of water. At the bridge anchor below the bridge. Make sure your bait or lure goes all the way to the bottom.

 

MIDDLE TEXAS COAST

• • • SPOTLIGHT • • •
Location: Corpus Christi Bay
Hotspot: Dead Man’s Hole
GPS: N 27 40.655, W 97 12.442
(27.6776, -97.2074)

Corpus Christi Bay

Corpus Christi Bay Dead Man’s Hole

Species: Speckled Trout and Redfish
Best Baits: Soft Plastic Paddle Tail Baits
Contact: Capt. Dean Thomas
361-463-6545
rockportredrunner.com
Tips: Besides wade fishing, Capt. Thomas and his anglers sometimes prefer to fish from a kayak. “Allows the anglers to get closer on the fish.”
• • •
Location: Redfish Bay
Hotspot: Dagger Island
GPS: N 27 50.217, W 97 9.967
(27.8370, -97.1661)

Redfish Bay

Redfish Bay Dagger Island

Species: Speckled Trout
Best Baits: Soft Plastic Paddle Tail Baits
Contact: Capt. Dean Thomas
361-758-0463
www.slowrideguide.com
Tips: Capt. Thomas says that in the Aransas Pass area the places to fish stay the same year-round. The difference between catching fish and not catching fish is how you fish them.

Location: Redfish Bay
Hotspot: Inside Dagger
GPS: N 27 51.104, W 97 9.352
(27.8517, -97.1559)

Redfish Bay

Redfish Bay Inside Dagger

Species: Redfish
Best Baits: Poppers, Spoon Flys or Clouser Minnows
Contact: Capt. Dean Thomas
361-463-6545
rockportredrunner.com
Tips: “When we are fly fishing…always wading … along drop offs, we are sight casting. Get in front of the fish and shake the bait.” Capt. Thomas
Location: Redfish Bay
Hotspot: Dagger Flats
GPS: N 27 49.754, W 97 10.61
(27.8292, -97.1768)

Redfish Bay

Redfish Bay Dagger Flats

Species: Redfish
Best Baits: Soft Plastic Paddle Tail Baits
Contact: Capt. Dean Thomas
361-463-6545
rockportredrunner.com
Tips: “In the colder months fish drop-offs, flats connected to deeper water.” Capt. Thomas

Location: Redfish Bay
Hotspot: Outside Dagger
GPS: N 27 50.644, W 97 9.149
(27.8441, -97.1525)

Redfish Bay

Redfish Bay Outside Dagger

Species: Speckled Trout and Redfish
Best Baits: Soft Plastic Paddle Tail Baits
Contact: Capt. Dean Thomas
361-463-6545
rockportredrunner.com
Tips: “The first week in December is the best tailing, schooling action (redfish), on the flats for us.” Capt. Thomas

 

LOWER TEXAS COAST

• • • SPOTLIGHT • • •
Location: Arroyo Colorado
Hotspot: Townsite Point
GPS: N 26 16.338, W 97 18.478
(26.2723, -97.3080)

Arroyo Colorado

Arroyo Colorado Townsite Point

Species: Speckled Trout
Best Baits: Piggy Perch or Big Topwaters
Contact: Capt. Rudy Romero
956-226-3561
[email protected]
Tips: Fish cuts and sloughs using Piggy Perch or big topwater lure such as a Super Spook.
• • •
Location: Arroyo Colorado
Hotspot: Three Islands
GPS: N 26 16.282, W 97 17.402
(26.2714, -97.2900)

Arroyo Colorado

Arroyo Colorado Three Islands

Species: Speckled Trout
Best Baits: Piggy Perch or Big Topwaters
Contact: Capt. Rudy Romero
956-226-3561
[email protected]
Tips: Rigging the Perch: Number 5 circle hook. “If live bait is hard to find I switch off to a big topwater or a Corky.” Capt. Romero

Location: Baffin Bay
Hotspot: Badlands South
GPS: N 27 17.152, W 97 25.053
(27.2859, -97.4176)

Baffin Bay

Baffin Bay Badlands South

Species: Speckled Trout
Best Baits: Live Shrimp or Soft Plastics
Contact: Capt. Chad Verburgt
361-463-6545
rockportredrunner.com
Tips: Drift the flats looking for holes and depressions, free lining. Capt. Verburgt likes to fish after a frontal passage. “It blows the water out and the fish locate in the depressions.”

Location: Baffin Bay
Hotspot: Kleburg Point Rocks South
GPS: N 27 16.371, W 97 36.6363
(27.2729, -97.6106)

Baffin Bay

Baffin Bay Kleburg Point Rocks South

Species: Speckled Trout
Best Baits: Live Shrimp or Soft Plastics
Contact: Capt. Chad Verburgt
361-463-6545
rockportredrunner.com
Tips: Drift live shrimp under a popping cork, slowly over top of rocks. Before a frontal passage drift adjacent in deeper water, using soft plastics. “Also fish the potho9les using cut bait and finger mullet if we have high water scenarios.” Capt. Verburgt

 

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