Texas Saltwater Fishing Report March 1996

Texas Saltwater Fishing ReportGALVESTON — Speckled trout action in West Bay should be outstanding for anglers keying in on slicks in the Green’s Cut area. Other areas Galveston fishermen should watch are Jones and Green’s lakes. These spots should give up some excellent speckled trout for fishermen drifting with B&L shadtails. These areas could also see some light bird action later in the month. Also look for March to bring bigger fish into the south shoreline coves. Throwing topwater MirrOlures and Corkys in the coves in mid to late March is the best way of landing a true trophy fish. These are both excellent big fish baits and the coves at this time of year can give up trout in the 28 to 29 inch range for patient wadefishermen. Texas Saltwater Fishing ReportFREEPORT — Speckled trout should begin showing up in good numbers around the Surfside jetties in March. As the surf begins to warm look for specks to move onto the jetties looking for a meal of small croaker or finger mullet. Surf running Gafftop should also begin making themselves known in March for fishermen using fresh cut-bait and squid. Also, look for Christmas Bay and the area around San Luis Pass to begin holding good numbers of smaller specks with some light bird action in Christmas and along the shorelines of Cold Pass. Offshore winds should be a bit more stable in March. This will allow those wanting to make a quick red snapper trip to the nearshore rigs very happy. The fish should still be holding on these rigs, but may be preparing to make their move toward deeper waters for the summer. MATAGORDA — With the lack of severe cold weather this year trout fishing in East Bay should be fantastic in March. The fish will have moved out of the river and Intra-coastal Canal and onto the flats where waders throwing topwater plugs and shrimptails will find plenty of action. The Matagorda surf should also be turning on in early to mid March. The bigger trout will be cruising the cuts looking for baitfish on which to feed in preparation for the spring spawn. Plugs such as 51MR MirrOlures in gold/black/orange and gold/chartreuse/chartreuse will produce the best results. For redfish action in the surf try a live finger mullet on a slip weight rig. The bigger reds will hit the live baitfish while smaller fish will take any one of the mullet imitation plugs or a 3/4 ounce gold spoon. West Matagorda bay should also be producing good numbers of fish for anglers drifting the reefs and throwing plastic tails and live shrimp. Broken-back plugs, gold spoons, and swimming soft plastic tails are all excellent for the many redfish that will be roaming the shorelines and flats. Look for schools of the fish to bunch up along a shoreline and dirty the water when rooting the bottom for food. ROCKPORT — For the most consistant action in Rockport waters a popping cork rigged with live shrimp or an Alameda rattlin cork rigged with soft plastic tails might be your best bet. Fish should be holding in about 3 to 4 feet of water on outside of the barrier islands. Islands such as Traylor, Quarantine, Ransom, and Dagger are all areas which could hold excellent numbers of speckled trout in March. At this same time trout action should pickup in Carlos and Mesquite Bays and at the same 3 to 4 foot depths. Redfish in March can also be found mixed in with the trout in the same areas, but in shallower water behind the islands and areas such as Estes Flats and the California Hole. Other baits that will be producing good numbers of quality fish in March are Cordell Broken-back Redfins and B&L Corkys. Friebele says that both of these plugs will start catching fish in the 2 1/2 to 3 foot range on redfish and speckled trout in the Rockport area. PORT ARANSAS — Offshore fishing will begin to improve for the middle coast during March. Early kingfish should begin showing in far offshore waters for anglers trolling live bait and feather jigs tipped with natural baits such as strips of bonito and cigar minnows. The jetties lining the channel will also begin producing good numbers of redfish and speckled trout on live shrimp and artificials. Also, look for occasional tarpon hookups to liven up the day for anglers using live mullet while fishing for redfish.

– Texas Saltwater Fishing Guide

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