Bays continue to show benefits of warm spring
March 19, 2017 at 10:45 p.m.
Updated March 20, 2017 at 6 a.m.
An infusion of vitamin D from consistent sunny days, wildflowers popping up on the side of the road and birds chirping at dawn puts a smile on your face and a hop in your step.
Let's all say farewell to winter and hello to spring.
"I have had some great day on topwaters," said guide Lynn Smith, of Port O'Connor. "There are really some good fish showing up on our shorelines this year."
When trout consistently eat topwaters, it signals spring has officially arrived. Few things in the outdoors rival a big speck slurping a prancing plug.
Morning or afternoon, Matagorda has been on fire for big trout while drifting.
"Every or every other day, one of us (guides) are going to catch a 7-8 pound trout" said guide Tommy Alexander. "Anyone who can make a long cast has a chance in the middle of East Matagorda Bay right now."
This week, I was within earshot of Alexander when he duped a 9-pound trout while drifting. The huge trout coughed up a 10-inch trout as Alexander was horsing it to the boat.
"It was one of the largest trout I have ever caught," said Alexander. "It is amazing how many big trout are in East Matagorda Bay."
Palacios guide Ray Sexton said wading the south shoreline of West Matagorda Bay has been really steady for the past two months.
"West Bay is not known for big trout, but there are plenty of solid 4-pounders hitting Down South Lures and MirrOlure Soft-Dines," said Sexton. "I have fished this bay for a long time, and the past two years have been the best I have seen in 10 years. I think the amount of freshwater and rain we have received has done nothing but help our bays."
Calcasieu Lake has been on fire with lighter, warmer winds. Redfish have been stacked at the jetty and weirs and trout have been thick on the reefs. Spring flounder have been impressive in the bayous.
"With as warm as our winter has been, our guides started fishing earlier," said guide Kirk Stansel, of Hackberry Rod and Gun. "We have had some great days lately with trout, reds and flounder. This spring ought to get even better."
The arrival of spring has afforded really warm days in Corpus Christi and the Lower Laguna Madre with highs in the 80s. Light winds and short-sleeve weather in March is a recipe for lots of bent rods.
Baffin Bay anglers have had a tougher time finding big trout this spring. That's not to say the amount of fish have been down, just size. Our bays go through cycles - ups and downs - much like a deer ranch with the size of antlers or the varying number of gobblers on the ground from year to year.
Your fish of a lifetime is a cast away.
Bink Grimes is a freelance writer, photographer, author and licensed captain. Email him at firstname.lastname@example.org or follow him on Instagram @matagordasunriselodge.