Spring fishing offers challenges and rewards

Lone Star Outdoor News

Hit-and-miss weather along the Texas coast continues to make anglers work for their reds and trout.

Capt. Nathan Beabout reports that weather can quickly turn rainy, which affected the fishing in one recent trip, even in clear water.

“We were in some gin-clear water and were able to see good enough, but none of the reds wanted to play,” he said.

But when the storms left and the sun started to shine, about half the reds in sight were ready to eat. It was easy to see them cruising the grass flats, with most being in the mid- slot range. A couple topped 26 inches. Beabout said most fish were caught on Texas tea Buggs Lures and pumkinseed Down South Lures.

When targeting trout, Beabout said to look for them along the banks. One of clients managed to pick off one that came in at 23-inches. Others along the bank were just as good, but evaded the anglers on a recent trip.

The spring rain may make the fishing unpredictable, but it’s been great for creating habitat.

“With the steady rainfall every few weeks and the amount of water coming down the river our bays and marsh are full of life. Got to love fishing in these wet years, we are very thankful for the rain,” Beabout said.