Spring break looks promising for good weather, catches
March 13, 2017 at 11:15 p.m.
Updated March 14, 2017 at 6 a.m.
There's a lot of pollen in the air, along with bluebonnets, wildflowers and sunshine.
The intrinsic need to get outdoors and catch a fish is in the air, too.
Always is when spring break rolls around.
Higher tides and temperatures pushed redfish and trout to the back lakes this week. We have all heard the word "transition" in the fishing genre. In fact, I believe it is the most overused word in the fishing language. However, if ever there was a month to use the cliche, March is it.
Those sunny, mild March days send fish to the sand and grass. But fish aren't far from the mud either. If you can find a spot with mud and grass, you will probably find the fish.
Warmer weather this week should continue to prompt fish to head shallow. Sand and/or mud could be a player since afternoon highs should reach the high 70s and low 80s.
As a bonus, warming mercury readings should keep the spring black drum run in full swing. Big, spawning females reside in the deep channels en route to the Gulf of Mexico, where they lay eggs. Any drum more than 30 inches must be released, and a cracked blue crab is the bait of choice. Jetties, ship channels or the ICW are all prime black drum venues. The Houston Ship Channel and Texas City Dike area has been good for about a month now.
The wind blows briskly in March, so prepare accordingly.
If we didn't fish in the wind, we would only fish about 20 percent of the time. Use the wind to your advantage. Many times, ardent winds push bait along the shorelines, trapping them against the bank. With the wind at your back, toss plugs and soft plastics against the shorelines where the mullet congregate, and trout and redfish usually will find it.
"I can't tell you how many times the wind has been blowing hard from the north and we have caught trout and redfish on the south shoreline," said guide Ray Sexton. "That wind churns the bait and water up, and the fish love it."
Guide James Plaag, of Silver King Adventures in Galveston, said fishing has picked up just in time for spring break.
"Fishing has been really good, with limits of trout to 27 inches on Slammin'Chicken Bass Assassins," said Plaag. "The topwater bite has been good on pink and silver She Pups."
Afternoons have been good on muddy shorelines up and down the coast, especially on the incoming tide. Corkies, Soft-Dines, Gamblers and MirrOlures have been producing.
Matagorda may be the hottest bay system in all of Texas. Consistent 5-7 pound trout have been caught all of 2017 while drifting with soft plastics or live shrimp. Literally, anyone, regardless of skill level, can run in to a trout of a lifetime in East Matagorda Bay.
People are itching to feel sand in their toes, sun on their skin and a fish on their line.
Spring break is here!
Bink Grimes is a freelance writer, photographer, author and licensed captain. Email him at firstname.lastname@example.org or follow him on Instagram @matagordasunriselodge.