This week has been pretty typical of summertime fishing in SE Texas…tough. Don’t get me wrong, there are plenty of fish out there. Too many at times. Ladyfish, gafftops and croaker are swarming, prepared to eat your live bait before more desirable fish can see them and those pretty little Gulp curly tails don’t stand a chance.
Big sheepshead are plentiful anywhere you find shell, rock or barnacles, keeping you busy if you are trying to tempt trout with live shrimp. Mackerel, jaand sharks lurk just off the jetty rocks, looking to steal your hooks and some, if not all, your line. We won’t even discuss hardheads.
On the bright side, action is practically non-stop. Trout are good early, late and those rare times the tide is right and too many boats aren’t beating an area up. Redfish are in the usual redfish places… marsh drains, rocks and patrolling marsh edges. Those BIG reds are starting their annual late summer schooling activity in Sabine. That is always fun!
We weren’t able to get outside the jetties much due to wind and storms, but we did see some nice tripletail floating in 14’ of water on the Texas side.
Bottom line…use big baits or artificials if you want big fish and bring plenty of live shrimp if you insist on using them for bait.
Best of luck and see ya’ll on the water.
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