Downpour floods bays with plentiful fish to catch
Recent rains were a blessing from heaven. Most of our bays received some type of freshwater runoff from swollen rivers.
It was tough to fish early in the week with doppler lines of red, yellow and orange threatening the coast. It took a later start, but we dodged storms and were able to make a day on the water with pretty solid catches.
As with any threat of bad weather, my phone begins to light up with calls asking, "What do I think?" and "I don't want to get wet."
One such caller left me a message Tuesday morning, saying they would not make their Thursday trip because of the weather. As is often the case, the weather changed dramatically in our favor 24 hours later, and I was left pleading with them to show up to fish Thursday morning.
They didn't show.
Winds puffed about as hard as my air conditioner vent in my truck from the northeast, flattening the surf and bay. Humidity hid its head for the morning, and the sunrise was beautiful.
I knew it was going to be a banner day. That's why I went fishing instead of sleeping in on a day off.
Yes, I enjoy what I do, and even more so when I get a chance to wade a grassy flat on the incoming tide and toss a topwater.
I wasn't disappointed.
Speckled trout rode the currents from the pass, shadowing scores of minnows and mullet. When trout pulled on the edge of the flat, they lit up my Super Spook Jr.
Slicks were popping, baitfish were scurrying, and the warm water summer pattern we have been awaiting for more than a month finally appeared. Forgotten were nagging west winds, cap-blowing south winds and late-spring cold fronts that had plagued us for the first five months of 2014.
"It's about to get really good," said guide Ray Sexton fresh off a limit wade the same day. "Bait is finally showing up where it should be, and the fish are right behind it."
Another barometer of fish-infested shorelines are the oversized, gray-suited menaces we call sharks. My floating bucket of fish was hit four times during a four-hour wade, and Sexton reported several trout lost to sharks while trying to land fish.
"There are some big ones out there," said Sexton. "It's nothing unusual, just something we wadefishermen deal with."
Captains around Galveston and Sabine Lake reported solid catches this week as well. Boats targeting the jetties found heavy trout around the granite and along the beachfront.
"We caught trout to 5 pounds at the jetty," said Sabine Lake guide Randy Foreman. "The south end of the lake was loaded with trout in 4 feet of water around rafts of shad."
The beachfront is loaded with trout, and the first green tide of the summer proved it. Anglers tossing topwaters and live-baiters throwing live shrimp scored easy limits.
Expect more of the same in the coming days. Solid summer fishing patterns have arrived.
Bink Grimes is a freelance writer, photographer, author and licensed captain.