GOYEN FISHIN': April one of the best months to fish
It's great to be back, talking about what I love to do most, and that's fishing along the Texas Coast!
Being in the guide business for full timers was practically a wash out for at least five days this past week. Winds blew from almost every direction topping 35 mph for five days in a row.
People always ask me what my favorite month to fish is. April is one of the best months on the calendar to catch quality speckled trout and also large quantities.
But it is also a month where Mother Nature can shut the fishing down in a heartbeat.
The last cold fronts of the year sweep across south Texas at least once a week making fishing a challenge. But the days in between the fronts can be awesome. You just have to get lucky!
I have still been fishing the north bays out of Rockport this past month and continue to catch limits of solid speckled trout at least 90 percent of the time.
It feels odd not being in Baffin but it's hard to leave Rockport when fishing is so good in this arena. We continue to strike out when fishing above grass and sand but as soon as we move to certain shell reefs we're able to find fish. Notice I said "certain" shell reefs. Not all shell pads are holding keepable speckled trout.
You have to move constantly to find patches of shell that are productive. Once you find a reef that is holding keepers you can hammer them. Mark that spot and keep moving until you find another reef that is holding keepers.
After several days of reef hopping you should have at least a dozen reefs that you can go to catch solid trout. This is not a problem when fishing Aransas, Carlos, Mesquite, Ayers and San Antonio Bays.
All these bays are full of productive shell reefs. We continue to use the same two methods to catch these fish - live shrimp 2-1/2 feet underneath a rattle cork and a white with chartreuse Gulp shrimp under a Cajun Thunder Mauler.
Noise is the key. I'll be moving back to the Baffin Bay arena the end of this month. Positive reports are starting to come in on trophy trout beginning to feed again in Baffin Bay. Can't wait!
Everyone was hoping that we would see dredging boats heading to Cedar Bayou this next week to start dredging the cut. It looks like we're going to have to wait another year. Here is a report written by Hector Mendieta on the latest Cedar Bayou news:
Cedar BayouApril 2013
Currently there are only two things holding up the Cedar Bayou project. The first is a year long study on a bird called a Piper Plover. The study has started and our next earliest date to start the project is April of 2014 due to this required study.
The other thing holding up the project is funding. The current cost estimate for the project is $7.4 million. A little over $4 million has been raised so far. Aransas County and CCA Texas have partnered on the project and each has sizable contributions to the project. Several others have also donated generously. Also there are pending grants totaling 2.1 million dollars and requests to foundations totaling 2.2 million.
CCA Texas and Aransas County are optimistic that the bird study will be completed and the money will be raised. Hopefully by this time next year we can start digging.
There are still a few tickets available for the upcoming Mid-Coast Chapter CCA Banquet. The banquet will be this Friday at 6:30 p.m. at the Victoria Community Center.
The only tickets available are the $99 specials. This includes a CCA Membership, Star Tournament Entry, a full catered barbecue meal and free drinks.
Tickets are currently available at "The Tackle Box" and "Victoria All Sports Center." Help support the CCA by attending this event.
Capt. Danny Goyen
Danny Goyen is an outdoor writer and speaker. He has been guiding on the Texas Coast for over 25 years.