There are so many fishing opportunities hereabouts that it is only prudent to tell you what’s hot and what’s not. First, there is some really good action in most of our fishing holes, and now is a great time to go after them. One of the things that has kicked off the saltwater action has been the stable weather. Of course, there have been times when the winds caused rough and of color water, but most of the time the May weather, as expected, has been fine.
On the saltwater scene, those fishermen that have been afloat have enjoyed some super action for the most part. East Bay has come alive with speckled trout, as has Trinity Bay. By this time annually, the fish begin to move in to do whatever their thing is. There are mega numbers of small shrimp around, and we all know all species of fish feed on them. Whether you are after trophy-size speckled trout or you enjoy catching good numbers of them, there are some really solid size fish showing up now. Many of the guides on East and Trinity bays are lure purists and they do extremely well with them. There are, however, still a majority of non-guides that prefer to use live shrimp when going after speckled trout.
Should you be heading to the west, then be sure to give the early morning bite a shot along the shorelines and grassy areas. After that, the reefs are paying off whenever there are not too many other boats zipping around. Should that be the case, then head to open water and look for feeding seagulls or surfacing, feeding specks.
Moving on over the Big Lake In Louisiana where many Texas fishermen do their fishing, the action is super. There are really large flocks of seagulls feeding over some really good-size schools of speckled trout. The gulls are working over most of the mid to south end. Live shrimp will do a no brainier job on them, but lures are just about as effective, and they require much less trouble. Plastics on lead-head jigs have been the more popular lures. Lead-heads in the 1/4-ounce size seem to be the choice of the experienced speck catchers. Color, as always, is the angler’s choice. It seems that the only trick is to cast the jig into the schools that are under the gulls and hang on.
Should you be enjoying the fast action under the birds and the gulls move, it could be prudent to just sit tight for a few minutes. If the bait is still around, then the fish could still be there too. There are more times than not when they will re-appear. So just keep on casting and watching for awhile before moving on.
In Lake Sabine, the speckled trout seem to have invaded several spots. Besides that, they have been really large for the most part. Several fish have been reported in the 8-pound-plus weight range. There have been more 6 to 7 pounders that I’ve heard of this time of year. The Louisiana shoreline from Blue Buck Point south, the reef on the south end of the lake and on into the ship channel have been giving up limits of specks.
On the Texas side, both the north and south levies have been yielding some of the big trout. Being out early on light-wind days seems to be the ticket. Although lures have been OK, live shrimp have been much better for filling limits. The Gulp on a lead-head or the Half-Alive with the fresh shrimp in the tube seem to be about as hot as the live shrimp. There are also scattered flounder hanging out along the revetment rocks.
In the ship channel all the way out to the Sabine Jetty, there are actually schools of 3 to 8 pound speckled trout. The moving tide is when the action is better. The water all the way from just south of the Causeway on out to the jetty has yielded choice pickings.
The jetty area is giving up some really big speckled trout on live shrimp. There are also Spanish mackerel and sheepshead by the droves. For table fare, the sheepshead are among my favorites. Should live shrimp not be your thing, worry not. A lead-head jig under a popping float will do well, too. Here, again, I like the Half-Alive and the Gulp.