Free-lining live shrimp at the jetties will catch more trout than lures.

The water temperature along the upper Texas coast is inching up to the 85-degree mark. That’s some pretty warm water, and when that happens, trout will be much easier to catch on live baits such as shrimp, mud minnows and finger mullet.


Reds are gamefish that will eat just about anything that won’t eat them first, which is why they are so much fun to take on artificial lures. You can catch redfish on the flats, backwater estuary lakes, in the surf, jetties and bayous, all of which we have here in Southeast Texas. One of the more unique things about reds is that regardless of their size, they will eat anything from an inch-long fly-fished streamer to a magnum-sized topwater plug.

But there are some lures that reds definitely like over other baits.