SOUTH PADRE ISLAND, TEXAS
Some of the hottest temperatures of the year are upon us right now On the Lower Laguna Madre here in South Padre. Throughout July fishing got really tuff at times, it just seemed that the fish did not want to feed. That has changed. We are currently doing well and getting limits most of our trips on speckled trout. Off colored water is the place and live bait is the ticket for us. Look near the Intracoastal waterway, color changes adjacent to weedlines and drop offs. Some of the trout still have eggs but not as many as we were seeing in May and June. A Huge black drum migration took place in July which helped our trips when the trout got finicky on us. 15 to 20 fourteen to twenty inch drum were common. That massive herd has since broken up but some boats are still getting a few.
The reds, my favorite are around but not as easy to catch as our trout. My clients that hire me for red only trips are doing well in the afternoons. Cut bait is working in the deep grass or the real shallow dirty colored pot holes. Find the mullet and Ballyhoo and you will find the reds. Long drifts in deeper off colored water is were you will find the really BIG boys. Typical of this time of year is lack of wind in the morning. The windless mornings have created flat surf condition and the King Mackerel bite has been good as of this last week. We usually finish up our trout then head to the jetties for some trolling before calling it a morning. This year has been fantastic! As my clients know I have not been posting most of our catches on Facebook this summer. There is a good reason for this at this time. As the busy waters start to slow down I will start posting again. Thank you for your understanding.
Capt. Dave Edwards