SOUTH PADRE ISLAND, TEXAS
The summer crowds are gone and the lower Laguna Madre is getting back to normal. This week has been a very wet one which I believe will help lower our water temperatures. In and around the island fishing has been just ok. The schools of trout have thinned out greatly as they have made their migration further north. The trout we have been getting on the south end have been between 17 to 25 inches, so not a lot of small ones. Long bar, the ICW and Gaswell have been producing the trout for us. The further north you go past Green Island the more schools you will find. The reds have been a little harder to find on the south end. Deep waters of Gaswell has some pods of big reds but, they are on the move and are hit or miss.
The Green Island area to just north of the Saucer has good numbers of reds and trout in the flats. High water conditions has given these fish the opportunity to spread out. Mexiquia and South bay have reds and some real nice catches of snook as of this writing. The Hot area is the Jetties just south of the island. Huge Tarpon between 100 to 200 pounds are being hooked and after long tiring fights some are being brought to the boats. These Tarpon are a fish of a lifetime for many anglers so get down here before Mid October to get in on the action. As our month progresses into October I believe we will continue to see more reds as their migration gets underway near the island and more bait enters the bay system. Herds of black drum will continue to form in dirty to off colored waters and our trout will be more eager to hit artificials. Fall offers some of the best fishing on the LLM so make time to get out on the water.