Remember this week is Spring Break for many Texans. Expect busier than normal waterways and more anglers looking for the bite. Be courteous and patient!
· Redfish – Redfish are scattered. Live shrimp or your favorite light-colored soft plastic works well under a popping cork. Live mullet also catches good slot reds. Bull reds are slow but are still around.
· Speckled Trout – Remember the new trout regulations. Light-colored paddle tails are working well. Paul Browns and other suspending baits are working.
· Flounder – No reports of significant flounder activity or catches.
· Black Drum – The drum run is in full swing. Look for the school moving in the ICW and other deep channels. Shrimp (live or dead) is the best bait. Blue crabs are also a good bait. Make sure to release the oversized Black Drum carefully.
· Other: Sheepshead are good and are around structure and rocks. Live Shrimp works the best.
Target Areas: Work deeper guts and drains that come out of back marsh lakes. Pay attention to water temperature. A few degrees of water temperature change can make a big difference. The fishing is slow. It will improve as the temperatures warm and the cold fronts become less frequent. On the flats, target the potholes and muddy bottoms. These areas warm up faster and the fish use them as ambush points.
Fish Activity: Look for bait activity. Bait is beginning to show up in the inshore waterways, which is a good indication of the beginning of spring trends. Start downsizing to smaller lures and baits to match the hatch. Try to plan your fishing trips around the majors and minors. Pay attention to water levels. Water levels will change between fronts and changes in wind direction. The highest activity is forecast for the coming weekend.
Forecast Tidal Conditions: The water has been high, but if a northern cold front comes through, expect the water to be lower. The week starts with minimal tidal movement and negative tides, but finishes with higher water levels.
Forecast Wind Conditions and Air Pressure:
Monday (14) – SSE winds and moderate – Pressure falling
Tuesday (15) – NNW winds and gusty – Pressure rising
Wednesday (16) – SE winds stronger throughout the day – Pressure falling
Thursday (17) – SSE winds and gusty – pressure falling
Friday (18) – NE winds and gusty – pressure rising
Saturday (19) – ENE winds and gusty – pressure rising
Monday (14) – Waxing Gibbous – illumination 86.4%
Tuesday (15) – Waxing Gibbous – illumination 92.4%
Wednesday (16) – Waxing Gibbous - – illumination 96.8%
Thursday (17) – Waxing Gibbous - – illumination 99.3%
Friday (18) – Full Moon – illumination 99.8%
Saturday (19) – Waning Gibbous – illumination 97.8%
Sources: Fishing Points App
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