Summer flounder fishing is better than you think
What you might not know is that flounder fishing on Sabine Lake and East Galveston Bay is good pretty much year round. The only exception might be the cold-water months of January through March. Something else you might not know is that there is a passel of fishermen that target flounder throughout the summer months.
Case in point. A couple of anglers in Galveston Bay recently hooked up with and landed a monster class flounder while fishing with a 3-1/2 inch Egret Wedgetail. Matt Thrash was fishing with Billy Bouse on the south end of East Galveston Bay.
“We were fishing for trout but got into some pretty big flounder,” said Thrash, who is an agent for professional baseball players. “We hadn’t been fishing more than a few minutes when we caught a 4-pound flounder. That’s ironic because we were fishing along bottom for reds and trout, down current from some rocks. We got the 4 pounder in the boat, than caught a 4-1/2 pound trout. We were fishing with 3-1/2 inch Wedgetails with a black body and chartreuse tail. Billy made a cast where the current was ripping around some rocks. He felt a bump, set the hook and knew he had something big.”
What he was hooked up with was a huge flounder. It took a few minutes but when the flounder was finally wrestled to the surface, these two anglers were stunned. It weighed 7.2 pounds and was 25-1/2 inches long. In the world of flounder fishing, that’s a wall hanger deluxe.
Even though it’s not a record, it’s still one heck of a catch for this time of year. To put it into perspective, consider this. The state record weighed 13 pounds even, and measured 28 inches in length. It was caught on Sabine Lake on Feb. 18, 1976. The Galveston Bay water-body record weighed 10.16, and was 27.25 inches long.
The Wedgetail jig Thrash and Bouse used to catch those big flounder was originally developed by pro bass angler Lonnie Stanley. In fact, Matt says he was bass fishing with Lonnie a few years back, and they wacked the bass with 3-1/2 inch Wedgetails.“We’ve been using the Wedgetails ever since,” said Thrash. “It’s a jig with lots of action in the tail. Plus it looks just like a small mullet or mud minnow which is what trout, reds and flounder feed on.”
For more information on Egret Wedgetails and the entire line of Egret baits go to www.egretbaits.com. You can order them off the Web site all day, every day.
Nederland angler leads CCA STAR gafftop division
In the gafftop division of the Coastal Conservation Association’s STAR tourney, 8-year-old Tristan Brown of Nederland is leading with a 6-pound, 10-ounce entry.
In the trout division, a 7-pounder leads the upper coast slot; a 6.14-pounder leads the middle coast division and an 8.1 pounder is the heaviest from the lower coast.
In the flounder division, the best so far weighed 6 pounds, 12 ounces.
Party boaters rack up 132 red snapper to 16 pounds
Patrick Lemire with Williams Party Boats in Galveston made an offshore trip out on Father’s Day weekend and iced down everything but the kitchen sink. It was a 24-hour trip that resulted in a double red snapper limit for all 33 fishermen. The double red snapper limit of four per fisherman is allowed on a trip of more than 24 hours.
On the way in, they fished a shrimper that was covered up with bonito, jack crevalle and sharks. The total catch was 132 red snapper to 16 pounds, four jacks to 25 pounds, two ling to 27 pounds, eight sharks, 29 bonito, two dorado and 17 kingsTo make your reservations for one or more of the Texsun II extended length offshore trips, call the Williams Party Boats office at Pier 19 at (409) 762-8808.
Robert Sloan can be reached by e-mail at sloan288 [at] aol [dot] com.