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Redfish Flood The Flats of Estes and Redfish Bay

The warm waters of spring were slow to arrive in 2007, changing the normal patterns significantly in the coastal bend.  Cold temperatures throughout February and a frost in early March delayed the spawning run of black drum, with only a few fish being caught in what should be the peak of the season.  The low tides that accompanied these cold spells have kept the redfish off of the shorelines, making them tough to keep track of early March.

Trout, and good size ones, have been plentiful on the reefs and shorelines of our area, as long as you keep a winter mindset.  Soft, dark colored bottoms and slow bait presentations have been the key to some great trout action.  The shrimp migration thus far has been nonexistent, making live bait acquisition difficult and lures a necessity.

However, there is good news.  The low pressure system and high winds of late March have brought the spring bull tide in, and with it came the reds.  They have flooded the flats of Estes and Redfish Bay, and are making their way north to the reefs of Mesquite and San Antonio bays.  This tide will also bring the shrimp and juvenile finfish, so both the reds and trout will begin their spring feed on this big tide.

With water temperatures that hit 70 for the first time since early December, the topwater bite for big trout should go into high gear over the next few weeks.  This late winter will delay croaker fishing for several weeks, so if you have a trip booked for April or the first half of May, plan to throw shrimp or try out your wading legs and get in on the lure action that has remained excellent throughout the spring.