Gulf Coast Region Week of January 26, 2022

Sabine Lake
GOOD. 59 degrees. Another cold front rolling through but fishing should pick up by the weekend. Limits of redfish in the Bessie Heights marsh in the ditches using artificial one-eighth ounce jig heads, and z-man red shad. Keying on glass minnows and mullet. Sheepshead and drum are good using shrimp under a popping cork near clamshell and oyster. East Pass and Black Bayou holding redfish, sheepshead and drum biting on live shrimp under a popping cork and free-lining. Redfish are good off the buoys in the flats in the river. This is because they use clamshells to hold the buoys, barnacles grow attracting worms which brings the baitfish. Where you find baitfish, you will find the fish. Report by Captain Randy Foreman, Captain Randy’s Guide Service Sabine Lake.
Bolivar
GOOD. 43 degrees. Speckle trout and slot redfish are good on the beachside of Bolivar Jetty when the sun warms the water using popping cork with live shrimp. Moses lake still holding trout and redfish on soft plastic when weather permits.
Trinity Bay
GOOD. 56 degrees. Exxon A-lease is good for sheepshead on live shrimp. The occasional redfish from the same area, speckled trout and black drum. Shorelines both East and West have been decent for speckled trout, for anglers drifting with soft plastics and live shrimp. Burnett, Scott, Tabbs Bay are holding lots of speckled trout biting on live shrimp and soft plastics. Sheepshead are plentiful, with the occasional redfish. Report by Captain David Dillman, Galveston Bay Charter Fishing.
East Galveston Bay
GOOD. 60 degrees. Waders are having the best luck on nice sized speckled trout and slot reds using artificials. Bull reds are also being caught in the same area. Report by Captain David Dillman, Galveston Bay Charter Fishing.
Galveston Bay
GOOD. 59 degrees. Increased number of sheepshead being landed by anglers using live shrimp, thrown tight to the rocks. Few bull reds being and increasing numbers of large black drum. Report by Captain David Dillman, Galveston Bay Charter Fishing.
West Galveston Bay
GOOD. 59 degrees. Anglers drifting the open bay with soft plastics are having limited success, due to the windy conditions. Those fishing in protected waters are faring well. Report by Captain David Dillman, Galveston Bay Charter Fishing.
Texas City
GOOD. 60 degrees. Slot redfish and trout are good around Mosquito Inland on mirror dine lures and soft plastics. The afternoon bite is good when it warms up. Sheepshead are good around the sunken ship in Seawolf Park. Report by Captain Raymond Wheatley, Tail Spotter Guide Service LLC.
Freeport
GOOD. 63 degrees. The winter patterns have started with low tides keeping the fish in deeper water. Limits of trout with a few redfish using down south lures three-eighth ounce jig heads. Sheepshead are good on oyster and mud. Flounder are good on lures. Report by Jake Brown, Flattie Daddy Fishing Adventures.
East Matagorda Bay
GOOD. 64 degrees.
West Matagorda Bay
GOOD. 64 degrees.
Port O'Connor
GOOD. 65 degrees. Large sheepshead are good on live shrimp. Trout are good on blue moon and voodoo root beer shrimp artificals. Redfish are good on Spanish sardines and live shrimp. Few drum on dead shrimp. Report by Captain Marty Medford, Captain Marty’s Fish of a Lifetime Guide Service.
Rockport
FAIR. 60 degrees. Speckled trout are fair in 3-6 feet of water on soft plastics. Redfish are good in these warm conditions in 2-4 feet of water on spoons and soft plastics. Sheepshead are good in 5-10 feet of water on live shrimp. Drum are good in 5-10 feet of water on dead shrimp and sea lice. Report by Damian Hubbs, Mathis Bait Co.
Port Aransas
GOOD. 64 degrees. The jetties are still producing sheepshead, redfish and a few trout mixed in biting on shrimp. Fina docks holding flounder sheepshead, redfish biting on live shrimp. Aransas bay is slow, redfish and drum are hiding in the deeper holes when the water is low, biting on live shrimp under a popping cork. Report by Captain Doug Stanford, Pirates of the Bay Fishing Charters.
Corpus Christi
SLOW. 68 degrees. Inclement weather has kept anglers off the water. Few trout and drum being caught on shrimp. Report by Captain Doug Stanford, Pirates of the Bay Fishing Charters.
Baffin Bay
GOOD. 65 degrees. This past week has been tough with the strong winds from the southwest paired with another cold front. Our water in Baffin Bay hasn’t been looking the best making it a challenge to go out and catch good boxes of fish. To get action we are shortening our leaders under the popping cork and trying to keep the bait in a compacted location which results in a few more bites. We are reeling a few number of redfish, trout, drum, and sheepshead on live shrimp. Report submitted by Gilbert Barrera, Baffin Bay Hunting and Fishing.
Port Mansfield
FAIR. 65-75 degrees. This past cold front really dropped the water temperature and levels. Fish were holding on the bottom, and you needed to fish your baits very slow. Redfish ruled the catches recently with only a few spattering of trout. Ninety-percent of the fish were caught on the Kwigglers Ball Tail Shad in the Truth or Lagunaflauge colors rigged on a one-sixteenth two ounce jig head. Best action was slowly bouncing the lure off the bottom. Report by Captain Wayne Davis, Hook Down Charters.
South Padre
GOOD. 70 degrees. Cold drizzly weather is keeping most everyone off the water. Few redfish, trout and black drum can be caught south Mexiquita Flats, old causeway and upper Brownsville Channel. If you want to take the run deeper water south edge of gas well flats have some black drum just off of marker 38 with a few redfish mixed in. Tomorrow and the next day some sunshine then bad weather until the weekend. Be safe out there. Report by Captain Lou Austin.
Port Isabel
GOOD. 70 degrees. Cold drizzly weather is keeping most everyone off the water. Few redfish, trout and black drum can be caught south Mexiquita Flats, old causeway and upper Brownsville Channel. If you want to take the run deeper water south edge of gas well flats have some black drum just off of marker 38 with a few redfish mixed in. Tomorrow and the next day some sunshine then bad weather until the weekend. Be safe out there. Report by Captain Lou Austin.

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