Spring fishing on the coast

By Darlene McCormick Sanchez

Lone Star Outdoor News

Spring fishing can be a bit tricky on the Texas coast when storm fronts roll in. But this weekend, the saltwater fishing was solid even with challenging weather.

“We got lucky and the storms passed just inland, leaving the bays a touch breezy, but with no rain,” said Capt. Nathan Beabout.

Even with the high winds there was plenty of protected water to fish. The first weekend in April, he and fellow anglers concentrated on sand/grass, mud/shell for the trout, and leeward back lake shorelines for the redfish.

The coastal flood advisory that went in effect prompted Beabout to change his approach.

“With the high waters, I did try a spot I have never been in before figuring maybe some reds that were on the south shoreline pushed into this particular back lake. As we jumped out, we were surrounded by bait and off colored water that was knee deep,” Beabout said.

“We managed a handful of solid trout and a couple reds, then the hook set and head shake of the one we were all hoping for,” Beabout said. “Unfortunately, this is the story of the one that got away.”

The big trout shook made a few good runs, and then she was gone. Beabout and his party felt it was a trout in the 7-8 pound range. The silver lining was the captain discovered a new spot to fish when the water was up.

The anglers used soft plastic pumpkinseed, plum, red/white, dirty tequila, topwaters, and Corky Softdines for their successful spring trip.