Texas Fishing Report: Red and black drum in the back lakes

Edited by Craig Nyhus, Lone Star Outdoor News

Photos by Greg Hodsdon

Capt. Greg Hodsdon of Heads or Tails Guide Service has been heading to the back lakes of San Jose Island.

“The tide is finally dropping to a normal level for this time of year,” he said. “The fish are starting to concentrate in large groups.”

Redfish have been biting well on cut mullet, and black drum are eating dead shrimp.

Photo by Greg Hodsdon

Photo by Greg Hodsdon

“The perch are a problem, though,” Hodsdon said. “They are relentless.”

Many of the redfish are schooling up on the edges of the shallows they once cruised with the higher tide.

“Working the grass lines seems to be producing nice slot fish, while the oversized reds are getting harder to find in the shallows,” Hodsdon said. “Fishing midmorning to afternoon seems to give the fish time to congregate into larger schools.”

Large schools of black drum have been found in the back lakes.

Photo by Greg Hodsdon

Photo by Greg Hodsdon

“If you can find them, the hard part is staying on the school,” he said. “Dead shrimp is always the go-to bait for the drum. Early morning seems to be when they are feeding the best.”

When the black drum are biting, limits are quickly filled, Hodsdon said.

“They are easily spooked, though, so following the school can be tricky.


Contact Capt. Greg Hodsdon

Heads or Tails Guide Service

(207) 756-0432