We are in touch with local captains every week to develop a detailed report for you guys before you head out on the water! Stay tuned as we gather real-time data from the professionals who are out doing it Texas Boys style every week.
Let us know if you have any questions about specific locations, bait, or rig setups. We’ve had quite a bit of rain recently. Here’s what we’ve got for you this week!
Reported by Daniel Land: At the beginning of the week, we had to downsize our bait. Depending on the bite, we’d start our with both sizes, but the smaller ones were catching better. Fish were eating small! The bite got a little stronger as the week progressed, we switched to bigger baits and caught bigger fish. If you aren’t getting hard bites, downsize your bait cause that means they’re just not eating big.
We’re fishing over rocks and hard surfaces, drop off edges have been good. Early morning in the flats and sand pockets has been good. Morning time we are starting off with topwaters in shallow water, as the morning progresses we are moving a little deeper and switching to tails. Live croaker bait fishing we are throwing over deep rocks, deep drop-offs, and grass edges.
Reported by Captain Bryan Brawner: We have finally gotten rid of the worst of the freshwater in Galveston East Bay and fishing has really turned on this week. For those that have taken my class, we are in a “midsummer pattern” in the bay. Trout are good on most of the mid-bay reefs on Down South plastics. The best bite has been early, late, and around tide movements in early afternoons. No one sponsors or gives me lures, Down South are just better for now. The Galveston jetties continue to be hot right now for most species. We have by no means recovered to the level of fishery that we had a few years ago but the health of the bay is really looking promising. Check out www.galvestoncoastalfishing.com for class opportunities with Captain Bryan!
Reported by Captain Adam Jaynes: Fishing remains steady! Catching lots of trout around the Galveston jetties, free lining live shrimp. Trout and reds are also showing up around oysters reefs in 5-7 feet of water.
LAKE CONROE & LAKE LIVINGSTON
Reported by Captain Jason Machala: Crappie are good on Lake Conroe over brush piles in 12 to 18 feet of water on black and chartreuse jigs and live minnows. The white bass and hybrid stripers are staying pretty strong as well in the 25 to 35 foot of water range on white or chartreuse slabs. Lake Livingston has also been fishing well for white bass on humps/ drops around Pine Island. Slabs in white and chartreuse have also been the go-to baits.
Reported by Captain Joe Swodoba: Redfish have been good on soft plastics. Down south lures have been my go-to lure. Trout have also been good on pop n cork with gulp shrimp. Drift fishing and wade fishing both have been producing!
Reported by Captain Caleb McCumber: When the winds have allowed, fish are still holding on the deeper shell. Redfish have been plentiful on the flats near grass and shell. Shad and shorebirds still remain key when looking for fish, while keeping an eye out for birds in the middle of the bay is also giving away mid-bay fish. Check out Caleb’s YouTube channel for more: Capt Caleb TV
Reported by Captain Hollis Forrester: We’ve been fishing on the deep shell beds drifting on the north side of the bay. Throwing mostly Down South and Bass Assassin plastics. We are using dark color lures due to the murky rainwater and wind. Generally, the deep shell beds are the only area we are catching concentrated fish. I have been catching them on live shrimp, too. Catching most of the fish around 9-10 am on the incoming tide.
Reported by Captain Rick Hammond: Flounder gigging has been good over the last week. Water clarity is improving, especially on nights with lower tide levels. We have been getting limits on most trips, and a few where we ended up short. Fish size is good, holding steady around a 17” average, with a few in the 22-23” range this week.
Trout fishing continues to be phenomenal right now, and wade fishing with live croaker and lures is working well. Boat fishing on mid-bay reefs with live bait has been very effective recently. Redfish continue to be harder to locate, typical for this time of year.
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Reported by Captain Adam Jaynes: Conditions are as good as they can be right now for sight fishing in the marsh. Oversized redfish are falling for redfish magic rigged with Egret’s chicken on a chain wedge-tail.
SOUTH PADRE/LOWER LAGUNA MADRE
Reported by Captain Brian Barrera: Still fishing the deeper water, using lighter colors this time of the year, candy corn and glow in the dark 4-inch jerkbait. Catching snook on live mullet, top waters early in the morning. The shimano colt sniper lure has been working really well. Got kinda rained out this week!
Reported by Captain Joe Prado: There has been a lot of rain so we haven’t been fishing as much. Top waters have seemed to be working better in these overcast conditions. Putting single hooks on topwaters, there’s a lot of floating grass. Red and white colors have been doing a lot better than any other color I’ve been throwing!
Reported by Captain Marcus Canales: Trout bite was hot early morning on live bait and soft plastics. Wade fishing thigh to waist deep along grass lines and drop-offs is still producing. Late morning, drifting rock structure in deeper water with Stx-Ultimate cork with a gulp underneath was also producing strong bites. Visit www.mcoutfitterstexas.com for more information!
That’s all for this week’s report, y’all stay dry and check back with us next week!