South Texas Inshore Fishing Report for the week of March 20, 2022
· Redfish – Good. Good numbers of slot reds are in the bay systems. Free-lined shrimp or under a popping cork works well. Live and fresh-cut mullet work well too. The minimum is 20” and the maximum is 28”. The bag limit is three per person per day.
· Speckled Trout – Fair. Free-lined shrimp or under a popping cork works well. Remember the new regulations are in effect in South Texas waters. The minimum is 17” and the maximum is 23”. The bag limit is three per person per day.
· Flounder – Slow. The minimum length is 15”. The bag limit is five per person per day
· Black Drum – Good. Look for dirty water. The best baits are shrimp, sea lice, and cut crab. The minimum length is 14” and the maximum length is 30”. The bag limit is five per person per day.
· Other: Sheepshead are plentiful around structure. The best bait is shrimp (live or dead) on a bottom rig or jig head. The minimum length is 15”. The bag limit is 5 per person per day.
Target Areas and Technique: There is not a lot of bait in the bay systems yet. This will change as we move into spring patterns, but we are not quite there yet. The color of the water is important in lure selection. Small paddletails and Paul Brown suspending baits work well. The topwater bite has not been consistent. Pay attention to bird activity. The birds will clue you into bait activity.
Target mouths of the marshes and drains for good results. Target grass lines and guts. The ICW edges are producing good fish activity.
Fish Activity: The fish activity is forecast to be average at the beginning of the week and falling to low fish activity as the weekend approaches.
Forecast Tidal Conditions: Tidal forecast for the week is low. Water movement will be more wind-driven than tidal-driven. Try to plan your fishing trips around the major and minor tides. The forecast is for negative tides. Pay careful attention to your water levels.
Forecast Wind Conditions and Air Pressure:
Monday (21) –winds from the SSE and gusty – Barometric Pressure falling
Tuesday (22) –winds from the WNW and gusty – Barometric Pressure rising
Wednesday (23) –winds from the NNW and gusty – Barometric Pressure rising
Thursday (24) –winds from the NNW and moderate – Barometric Pressure rising
Friday (25) –winds from the SSE and moderate– Barometric Pressure falling
Saturday (26) –winds from the SSE and gusty – Barometric Pressure rising
Monday (21) – Waning Gibbous – illumination 86.7%
Tuesday (22) – Waning Gibbous – illumination 77.9%
Wednesday (23) – Waning Gibbous - – illumination 67.4%
Thursday (24) – Waning Gibbous - – illumination 55.9%
Friday (25) – Last Quarter – illumination 44.1%
Saturday (26) – Waning Crescent – illumination 32.7%
Sources: Fishing Points App
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