Best bite is early in the morning along the Texas middle coast
Welcome to the weekly saltwater fishing reports for the middle coast of Texas. The reports are gathered from Texas Parks & Wildlife Department WEEKLY REPORTS and local fishing guides. Check out the TPWD website for a listing of reports from the entire Texas coast, lakes and rivers.
PORT O’CONNOR: Trout and redfish are good on topwaters and plastics over sand and grass in San Antonio Bay. Trout and redfish are good on live bait in the guts and holes on the falling tide.
Capt. Chris Kelley reports that conditional extremes can produce some “extreme success” and the weather has been at both ends of the pendulum lately. “From slick glass with shredded water from strong winds overnight to gusting shredded water during the daytime. Strike timing with one eye on the tide and the other on the horizon has kept us in the fish lately. Redfish action over mud/grass continues working it’s way into the day in day out approach while water is attempting to heal up with some tide movement or deminishing winds.
“Trout action has been best on tide movement of any direction as the water settles out from overnight winds. We continue to have a lot of water in the bays which makes this an unusual summer season for sure, no complaints. Elevated tides have been making some approaches easier and that has kept the shoreline plays in full gear for wade fishermen. Working shell reefs also benefits from higher water levels as it pulls more of the structure into play right up to the crest of the reefs. This gives an angler more options and some days that’s the extra edge that means the difference between success and limited success. Water levels are the oil that drives the engine, a nice way to contemplate that in relative terms.”
ROCKPORT: Trout are fair on free–lined shrimp in the deep channels. Trout are fair over grass while drifting with live shrimp. Redfish are good in shallow water on mullet and perch.
PORT ARANSAS OFFSHORE: Offshore is good for red snapper, ling and kingfish.
PORT ARANSAS JETTY: Redfish and sheepshead are fair to good at the jetty on shrimp.
PORT ARANSAS: Redfish are fair to good at East Flats on shrimp and Gulps.
CORPUS CHRISTI: Trout are fair to good on the edge of the spoils on Gulps and live shrimp. Trout are good on the flats while casting to the potholes on croakers and soft plastics.
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