Gulf Coast Region Week of September 28, 2022

Sabine Lake
GOOD. 84 degrees. Sabine Pass producing catches of ling running along the buoys. Schools of redfish and speckled trout are feeding on shrimp in the McFaddin Beach shoreline. Trout are good in the jetties with glo chartreuse jigs. Lots of sharks in the jetties. Marshes, Taylor’s Bayou, Texaco Islands and ICW producing redfish and trout in the rock piles with live shrimp under a popping cork. Mixed bags of fish with flounder mixed in from Taylor’s bayou to the Neches River in turnarounds and near buoys biting glo chartreuse jigs tipped with shrimp. The shrimp is like candy to the flounder. Neches River confined to produce bull redfish with gold and silver spoons. Flounder are in the channel biting on shrimp. In Sabine Lake redfish and speckled trout are good schooling under birds biting on ¾ ounce silver and gold spoons fished on the bottom beneath the trash fish. Report by Captain Randy Foreman, Captain Randy’s Guide Service Sabine Lake.
Bolivar
GOOD. 82 degrees. Crystal Beach holding some small shark on squid, shrimp, or cut bait. Rollover Bay holding redfish and a few flounder around the marsh leading to the cut. Bolivar jetty still holding trout and redfish on both sides of the rocks up close on popping cork with shrimp or artificial. Report provided by Captain Raymond Wheatley, Tail Spotter Guide Service LLC.
Trinity Bay
SLOW. 84 degrees. Birds are working in the open water, leading you to small speckled trout biting on soft plastic lures. Shallow reefs holding redfish and black drum biting best on live shrimp. On the northwest corner of the bay, the redfish bite is good. Report by Captain David Dillman, Galveston Bay Charter Fishing.
East Galveston Bay
GOOD. 84 degrees. Anglers drift fishing the deeper reefs are finding a few speckled trout on live shrimp and soft plastics. Redfish catches are good in the back marshes. Report by Captain David Dillman, Galveston Bay Charter Fishing. Seiver’s Cut to Elm Lake and Marsh Point to Yates holding redfish and flounder on popping cork with shrimp and artificial in the marshes. Fish the drains early for redfish picking redfish off the shore in proximity to the drains early and late artificials in Texas roach. Hanna’s still holding some trout drifting.
Galveston Bay
GOOD. 83 degrees. Scattered catches of speckled trout coming near the bay wells on live shrimp. Redfish bite in the same area is improving. Fishing on the bottom with live shrimp will land catches of black drum and sheepshead. Report by Captain David Dillman, Galveston Bay Charter Fishing. Gaswells holding trout on artificials, popping cork or freelined live shrimp. Galveston shipyard holding redfish throughout. Redfish at Pelican bridge and SWP to concrete ship on cut bait on the bottom. Galveston jetties holding trout and redfish at the end on both sides. The surf is on fire again. There are now some nice redfish, Spanish mackerel, and pompano mixed in with the trout. Report provided by Captain Raymond Wheatley, Tail Spotter Guide Service LLC.
West Galveston Bay
GOOD. 85 degrees. Trout and redfish are fair for those anglers throwing live natural baits along shell reefs. Flounder catches are improving and should only get better with this passing front. Report by Captain David Dillman, Galveston Bay Charter Fishing. South Deer Island holding some redfish drifting the reefs on artificial. Greens Lake northwest side on live shrimp under popping cork, or artificials under popping cork. Confederate Reef holding good numbers of trout with an occasional redfish and flounder drifting with live or artificial. Report provided by Captain Raymond Wheatley, Tail Spotter Guide Service LLC.
Texas City
GOOD. 82 degrees. Bull redfish, bull redfish, and more bull redfish are being caught along the north and south Galveston jetty. Best bait has been live sand trout, croakers, and shrimp. A few big black drum are being caught, along with some keepers. Tarpon fishing along the beachfront has been excellent, and is better than it has been for many years. Report by Captain David Dillman, Galveston Bay Charter Fishing. The dike is holding flounder against rocks on Carolina rigged mullet or gulp tipped with mullet. Trout at the end of the dike on popping cork and shrimp. Moses lake holding redfish drifting popping cork and shrimp or artificial. The rock shoals at Campbell’s holding Trout and Redfish On artificial, and On popping cork and live shrimp, chatter weight with croaker. Report provided by Captain Raymond Wheatley, Tail Spotter Guide Service LLC.
Freeport
GOOD. 83 degrees. Fishing patterns are holding steady. Redfish are good on mullet and shrimp. Trout continue to bite on croaker. Drum are biting on dead and live shrimp. Bull redfish are good on mullet and croakers. Surf and river have been good, Chocolate Bay and Bastrop Bay are holding good redfish and trout drifting in 3 feet of water with shrimp under a cork, or throwing Down South Lures with 1/4 ounce jig head. Report by Captain Jake Brown, Flattie Daddy Fishing Adventures.
East Matagorda Bay
SLOW. 86 degrees. Cold fronts are slowing the bite, but in the long run it will improve the bite and cool the water. Wade fishing is producing bites of trout. Report by Captain Charlie Paradoski, Captain Charlie Paradoski’s Guide Service.
West Matagorda Bay
FAIR. 86 degrees. Cold fronts are slowing the bite, but in the long run it will improve the bite and cool the water. Wade fishing is producing bites of trout. Report by Captain Charlie Paradoski, Captain Charlie Paradoski’s Guide Service.
Port O'Connor
GOOD. 84 degrees. Slot redfish are slow on Spanish sardines and dead shrimp at the end of both jetties. Black drum up to 36 inches are good on dead shrimp. Spade fish are biting on squid. Tarpon catches up to 100 pounds with live croaker, and large shrimp. Sharks are hanging near the tarpon. Report by Captain Marty Medford, Captain Marty’s Fish of a Lifetime Guide Service.
Rockport
GREAT. 86 degrees. Redfish are good in inlets and channels with jetty access. As the sun gets high fish will be in the flats as well. Drifting with artificials has been great, especially gulp shrimp. Cut bait in sand pockets has also been good. Trout are good early morning in the flats near deep water access. Topwater plugs early switching to soft plastics mid morning, or using live shrimp has been great. Drum are good on outgoing tides near backwater inlets on dead shrimp. Report provided by Damian Hubbs, Mathis Bait Co.
Port Aransas
GOOD. 84 degrees. Port Aransas jetties are very rough to fish due to high winds. Until the weather lays fish deeper water near the Fina Docks. Redfish can be had at Allyn’s Bight on live shrimp, cut mullet, cut perch, or cut lady fish. Flounder gigging is producing limits. Flounder should move out of deeper channels to offshore after the cold front. Report by Captain Doug Stanford, Pirates of the Bay Fishing Charters.
Corpus Christi
SLOW. 83 degrees. The bay is very rough to fish after the cold front and can be unsafe, so exercise caution. Smaller sized redfish and trout are being caught. When the weather lays fish with cut bait or piggy perch near Shamrock Island for redfish. Report by Captain Doug Stanford, Pirates of the Bay Fishing Charters.
Baffin Bay
GOOD. 91 degrees. The bite this past week has been like a roller coaster. Before the north winds the fishing was awesome. Fishing when the tide is high catching a few nice trout and slot redfish with croaker. Report provided by Gilbert Barrera, Baffin Bay Hunting and Fishing.
Port Mansfield
FAIR. 84 degrees. Fishing has been a seesaw lately with some good days followed by slow days. Best bite remains in about 2 feet of water. A mixture of gras and potholes combined with bait has been key to a successful day. Wigalo’s slow rolled near the bottom has been best. If it is cloudy using a Mansfield Knocker over the same area has also been productive. Report by Captain Wayne Davis, Hook Down Charters.
South Padre
GOOD. 80 degrees. Fishing is slow as the fish begin to transition into fall patterns. A few slot trout on the edges of the intercoastal, and with the night temperatures in high 60s low 70s fish are starting to migrate to the flats. Gaswells and the saucer out of the Arroyo are producing catches. Mostly oversized redfish at the jetties. Mangrove snapper and sheepshead at jetties and around pilings in the old causeway. Report by Captain Lou Austin, Austin Fishing South Padre.
Port Isabel
SLOW. 80 degrees. Fishing is slow as the fish begin to transition into fall patterns. A few slot trout on the edges of the intercoastal, and with the night temperatures in high 60s low 70s fish are starting to migrate to the flats. Gaswells and the saucer out of the Arroyo are producing catches. Mostly oversized redfish at the jetties. Mangrove snapper and sheepshead at jetties and around pilings in the old causeway. Report by Captain Lou Austin, Austin Fishing South Padre.

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