GALVESTON — East Galveston Bay is producing increasing numbers of keeper sized speckled trout for anglers working the mid-bay reefs with pearl/chartreuse or strawberry/white B&L shad tails. Shorelines are also beginning to show signs of increasing action as the water temperatures start to slowly fall. Topwater action is not far away along the south shorelines of East and West Bays. By the end of September and into this month, plenty of bigger trout will be cruising the shallows looking for food and a place to spawn. FREEPORT — Spanish mackerel action will be slowing down in October, but the good news is it’s the time of year for flounder to start running through the channel toward the gulf and the big bull reds to be running into the channel for the fall spawn. Along the rocks should also be excellent for trophy speckled trout, as the water temperatures begin to drop. MATAGORDA — Look for big schools of redfish to start showing up along the shorelines in October. These fish will be more than primed for some excellent topwater action. Broken-back lures and jerk baits such as the Storm ThunderStick will account for most while quarter ounce gold spoons will be responsible for the rest. Flounder will also be making themselves known along the edges of the Intra-Coastal Canal this month as they leave the bays for their annual fall migration into the gulf. Live finger mullet, mud minnows, and shrimp are your best bet, but a well worked shad tail will also bring home a few flats for the table. ROCKPORT — Redfish action should be improving in the shallow water grassy areas of Rockport. Live and fresh dead shrimp laid into one of the many “pot holes” will almost guarantee a few reds at worst. Speckled trout action should also be on the rise with cooler water temperatures. topwaters and soft plastics will be the baits for these fish. And don’t forget that trophy class trout prefer big baits and Rockport is full of trophy fish.
– Texas Saltwater Fishing Guide