The prolific rain that dominated our spring has been reduced to an occasional sea breeze shower, but its lingering effects can still be seen in the health and vitality of the bays. Baitfish, shrimp, and crabs are still abundant. The trout fishing has remained consistent through July in spite of the unusually high winds. The wind has settled a bit now, and the mid-bay reefs that were inaccessible a few weeks ago are teeming with good keeper-size trout. Redfish and drum became a bit scarce in the last month, as they seem to do every year, but their resurgence has already begun. August always marks their return to a normal feeding pattern, especially if we have some tropical activity to get them fired up. As the cooler months approach, the fishing is going to shift from good to amazing, a by-product of a great spring and a healthy bay.
All the rain has also done wonders for the grain crops, so the dove will find plenty to eat when they begin to head south in a few weeks. Low salinity has also produced a bumper crop of sea grass to help keep the ducks in our area throughout November and beyond, as long as a large amount of rain doesn’t fall inland and flood the prairie between now and then. All in all, it is shaping up to be a great autumn for sportsmen on the Texas coast, so make your reservations soon if you haven’t already.
There are not many spots left!