South Texas Inshore Fishing Report for the week of April 10, 2022
· Redfish – Good. Shrimp and finger mullet are the best bait. Cut shad is also a good bait. The minimum is 20” and the maximum is 28”. The bag limit is three per person per day.
· Speckled Trout – Fair. The minimum is 17” and the maximum is 23”. The bag limit is three per person per day. These regulations are for areas South of FM 457. Consider catch and release for speckled trout as they are still recovering from the past freeze.
· Flounder – Good. The minimum length is 15”. The bag limit is five per person per day
· Black Drum – Good. Shrimp and cut crab are the best baits. The minimum length is 14” and the maximum length is 30”. The bag limit is five per person per day.
· Other: Sheepshead are not as present as they have been in previous weeks. Shrimp is the best bait. The minimum length is 15” and the bag limit is five per person per day.
Target Areas and Technique: Adapting to the conditions is important. The weather changes are frequent which causes the fish to change their behavior. Have several different lures and work them slowly to increase productivity. The baitfish are beginning to move in the bay system. If the pressure is higher, the fish may not be as active. Consider downsizing your lure selection.
Topwater action is heating up for those of you who like the topwater bite. The bite has been better in the afternoons, but that will change as we approach the full moon. The structure is key to finding the fish. Gas wells have been holding good numbers of fish in the bay systems. Redfish have been in the potholes.
Forecast Tidal Conditions: Water levels have been inconsistent, but are starting to increase in the bays, as the northern fronts have not been as frequent. Pay attention to the moon phases. Major and minor tides are always important and should factor into your fishing plans. Also, pay attention to the wind forecast. Try to find wind-protected shorelines where baitfish are present.
Fish Activity Forecast:
Monday (11) – Low Fish Activity (37)
Tuesday (12) – Average Fish Activity (48)
Wednesday (13) – Average Fish Activity (60)
Thursday (14) – High Fish Activity (72)
Friday (15) – Very High Fish Activity (87)
Saturday (16) – Very High Fish Activity (96)
*The fish activity forecast is based on multiple different factors, including, but not limited to solunar information, air pressure, and tidal conditions.
Forecast Wind Conditions and Air Pressure:
Monday (11) – winds from the SSE and strong – Barometric Pressure even
Tuesday (12) – winds from the SSE and strong – Barometric Pressure falling
Wednesday (13) – winds from the SSE and moderate – Barometric Pressure rising
Thursday (14) – winds from the E and moderate – Barometric Pressure rising
Friday (15) – winds from the SE and moderate – Barometric Pressure falling
Saturday (16) – winds from the SSE and moderate – Barometric Pressure falling
Monday (11) – Waxing Gibbous – illumination 73.2%
Tuesday (12) – Waxing Gibbous – illumination 81.6%
Wednesday (13) – Waxing Gibbous – illumination 88.8%
Thursday (14) – Waxing Gibbous – illumination 94.5%
Friday (15) – Waxing Gibbous – illumination 98.4%
Saturday (16) – Full Moon – illumination 99.9%
Sources: Fishing Points App
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