Texas Gulf Coast Saltwater Fishing Report March 2005

NORTH SABINE Trout are fair while drifting the shell on glow/ plastics. Topwaters have been taking bigger trout, although the bite is not as steady. Flounder are good from the banks, cuts and passes on bright-colored plastics tipped with shrimp. SOUTH SABINE Trout are fair in on the Reef on chartreuse/orange touts on a strong incoming tide. Trout are fair over oyster reefs on glow/orange, strawberry and fire tiger Norton Bull Minnows and Bass Assassins. BOLIVAR Sheepshead, redfish and black drum are fair on cut-bait and shrimp on the Gulf of Mexico side of Rollover Pass. Trout are slow. Warming water temperatures should start the black drum run. TRINITY BAY Trout are fair while drifting scattered shell on red shad Bass Assassins, Trout Killers and Sand Eels. Redfish and flounder are fair on the shorelines on gold spoons and red plastics tipped with shrimp. EAST GALVESTON BAY Trout are fair to good on deep shell reefs like Hanna’s and Deep Reef on live shrimp and red shad Bass Assassins, Trout Killers and Sand Eels. Key in on slicks and bait jumping. Redfish are fair on the shorelines on spoons. WEST GALVESTON BAY Trout, redfish and flounder are fair on live shrimp, MirrOlures, Corkies and black Bass Assassins and Sand Eels on the south shoreline. Whiting, croaker, sheepshead and redfish are fair on the beach on fresh dead shrimp and mullet. Some anglers are catching pompano on the beach. TEXAS CITY Sheepshead and black drum are fair in the channels and around the dike on fresh dead shrimp. Warming water temps should start the annual black drum run soon. FREEPORT Trout are fair to good from the harbor on live shrimp. Redfish, sheepshead and black drum are fair to good on fresh shrimp in East Union Bayou. Trout, flounder and redfish are fair on live bait at Cold Pass. EAST MATAGORDA Trout are fair while drifting and wading scattered shell pads. Best baits have been dark red plastics and topwaters. Trout are fair under the lights in Caney Creek on glow/chartreuse plastics and live shrimp. MATAGORDA Trout are fair to good on the south shoreline on fire tiger and pepper/chartreuse Bass Assassins, Sand Eels and Trout Killers. Redfish are fair on the shorelines on Top Dog Jr’s and gold spoons. Trout are fair in the Diversion Channel at night on glow/chartreuse Bass Assassins, Trout Killers and Sand Eels. PORT O’CONNOR Trout are fair to good in Shoalwater and Contee on black and fire tiger plastics. Trout are fair in the middle of the bays on live shrimp under a rattling cork. Redfish are good on grassy shorelines on topwaters and gold spoons. ROCKPORT Trout and redfish are fair to good on the reefs of Copano Bay on live shrimp and black plastics. Trout are fair around the drop-offs on the Estes Flats on plum and fire tiger Bass Assassins, Trout Killers, Sand Eels and gold spoons. PORT ARANSAS Trout and redfish are fair on the channel side of the jetty on live shrimp. Black drum are fair in the Lydia Ann Channel on fresh dead shrimp and crabs. Sheepshead are fair to good on shrimp at jetty. CORPUS CHRISTI Trout are fair around the reefs on the Portland shoreline on live shrimp. Black drum are fair to good at night off the piers on mullet, cracked crab and dead shrimp. BAFFIN BAY Trout are fair on Corkies and Catch 5s on the shorelines and around the rocks. Trout and redfish are fair to good in the channels on live shrimp under a popping cork. When temperatures rise to the 70s, the topwater bite has been good. PORT MANSFIELD Trout are fair on plum and black plastics at the Saucer and along the drop-offs to the Intracoastal. Redfish are fair on the flats on shrimp and gold spoons. SOUTH PADRE Trout, flounder and redfish are fair at the Gas-Well Flats and Three Islands on Corkies and black Trout Killers, Sand Eels and Bass Assassins. Sheepshead and black drum are fair in the Intracoastal on fresh dead shrimp and cracked crabs. PORT ISABEL Trout and redfish are fair at Airport Cove on live shrimp. Snook are fair in the Ship Channel on DOA Shrimp and black plastics.

– Texas Saltwater Fishing Guide

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