Weekend update — Coastal fishing dependent on tidal movement

blacksFishing an outgoing tide this weekend, Lone Star Outdoor News founder David Sams and his family had plenty of action along the flats near Copano Bay with guide Alan Skrobarcek.

After spending Friday chasing big black drum in the ship channels, the Sams family headed to the flats to catch some smaller drum for the dinner table.

“The bite was on during the height of the outgoing tide,” Sams said. “We caught a lot of small drum between 14 and 16 inches — perfect eating size. The small drum were moving across the flats in less than two feet of water.”

Sams was throwing freshly dead peeled shrimp.

“We caught all of our fish in 2-3 feet of water,” he said. “We also caught five redfish but they were small. We limited on black drum.”

Sams said the water around Rockport was muddy with clear patches interspersed throughout.

“I also threw a top-water for trout, but didn’t have any luck,” Sams said. “There really wasn’t a whole lot of bait moving and no action on the top-water. We did talk to some anglers who did have some success on trout and reds, though.

“You have to hit the tides right.”