Locating Structure on the National Seashore

pompino1In the whole scheme of things, late January through February tends to be a difficult time to catch fish on the National Seashore. The constant movement of weather fronts tends to keep the surf stirred up and the water temperature down. The north winds tend to push the baits off shore and the target fish tend to follow. This doesn’t mean, though, that fishing is out of my head and that I just sit around waiting for spring. There is always an adventure on the beach, and sometimes it is vine ripe to check my secret fishing spots.   As we get into the beginning of the year, we normally get some predicted bull tides. This massive water movement will normally produce extremes of both high and low tides. However, the extreme low tides allow us an opportunity to meet some old friends and find some new ones. On these days, no matter what the weather, the wife and I go looking for structure; wrecks we might not have seen for a while and any new ones that might have showed up.   There are two kinds of structure on our beaches; natural shifting structure, and manmade structure that can lie in the first gut unseen for months, hiding its bait holding potential. The shifting structures such as cut offs, pinches, and suck outs change on a daily basis and are only useful to know at that moment. To come back to that spot on your next yearly visit is useless. However, the static, manmade structures hidden in the first and second guts are another story.

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Rockport Fishing is Great

redThis year has been an unusual year for fishing the Texas Gulf Coast. The redfish have all grown up and we are catching lots of fish that are 27 ¾ inches which is great in my boat.  We love the ones that are keepable without the tag.  The trout are biting again and seem to be averaging around 24-28 inches and that’s some nice trout for a day’s catch.  With the water temperature above 83 degrees the schooling trout are all at the well heads in Aransas Bay.  They are fun to catch and great to eat if they are of the legal limit of 15 inches.  Sand trout are good eating if you keep them on ice and are cleaned as soon as you come in.

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