Redfish remain a bright spot on the Texas coast

By Darlene McCormick Sanchez

Lone Star Outdoor News

Photo from Capt. Nathan Beabout

Redfish remain consistent when fishing on the middle Texas coast, but the trout have been hit and miss depending on the weather. 

“If the water is up, the trout bite is on in almost every part of the bay,” said Capt. Nathan Beabout. But when the fronts roll in, landing trout is hit and miss.

“The redfish remain constant in these areas, but the trout scatter,” he said. Redfish can be caught in shin to knee-deep water. Trout are biting best in lakes currently, and there’s not much of a crowd in the back marsh except for weekends when the weather is beautiful.

“Our arsenal has been topwaters in the middle of warm days,” Beabout said. He has been successful with Corky Fatboys/Sofdines, and soft plastics. The soft plastics have been in light colors with a lot of flash or glitter in them. 

“Most of the knee-deep water we have been walking shows good visibility of 6-10 inches,” he said, adding that he expects this pattern to continue as long as the weak fronts roll through.

Beabout plans to visit Port Mansfield for a week of fishing in the near future. 

“I will report to all on the goings on down there, hopefully posting pictures of some healthy trout.  Keep in mind this time of year to stay in the bait fish, watch for glass minnows and be respectful of others,” he said.