The spring coastal winds have been above average so far for sure, but accessibility to a lot of the water in the bay system has not been necessary. That’s because fishing close to home has been so good. The protected waters right around Redfish Lodge have been very productive for trout, including some really nice sized specimens, as well as reds and a few flounder.
The same has been true of the reefs and shorelines near the launch ramp at Goose Island State Park, so long boat rides have not been needed to find good fish.
On days when the wind relaxes a bit and we have an opportunity to look around, we are continually amazed by the great trout populations on the many reefs and shorelines in the area. Croakers and lures have been very productive, and the fish have been concentrated on the shallow shell for the most part.
If you’ve been following our Facebook page, you probably noticed a number of monster reds that have also been caught and released in the past few weeks. Not sure why the bay is full of them as well, but it has been fun fighting them!
Decent amounts of periodic rain has prevented the bay water from getting too hot or too saline, and that usually keeps the trout action hot throughout the summer.
With the winds coming down, as they always do in late June, there will probably be some opportunities to hit the gulf for some great near shore and surf fishing. Ling, king mackerel, tripletail, reds, and trout can all be found in an average surf trip, and that makes for an exciting day. Even if the breezes are blowing, the bay trout action promises not to disappoint.