The Ladies' Hooker Tournament is coming
up this weekend for offshore. Tournament headquarters is at Skipper's
Bait and Tackle - checkin is on Friday at 5 p.m. and fishing begins
on Saturday at 6 a.m. with a weigh-in deadline of 7 p.m. This tournament
is for kingfish with a side pot for the largest non-category fish.
It looks like the wind is going to be blowing out of the
southeast and the south for most of the week and should be around
10 mph or less. There's always our usual chance of thunderstorms
popping up unexpectedly so be on the lookout for that.
Surf fishing should prove to be good this week - I think
the trout will be partial to live bait - like shrimp under a popping
cork or croaker.
Offshore may be a busy spot this weekend with the offshore
Hookers Tournament going on. If you're looking for kings, find a
shrimp boat culling and cleaning the nets - kingfish (and other
species as well) will hang around the shrimp boats looking for an
In East Matagorda Bay the south shoreline might be a good
spot to try with something like a Texas Trout (or Redfish) Killer
-- or a Rapala Skitter Walk if you're looking for reds.The deeper
shell spots and grassy spots along the south shoreline should be
good bets with soft plastics. My recommendations - Brown Cedar Cut,
Halfmoon Shoal, Cleveland Reef, and the East End.
For West Matagorda Bay you might stick with the south shoreline
down around Cotton's and Green's Bayou areas - try using chartreuse
and bone Top Dogs or Super Spooks. Oyster Lake has produced some
trout this past week on live shrimp under a popping cork. My recommendations
- south shoreline around Green's, Airport Flats, South Jetty Pocket,
Outer Shell Island, the Wells.
The pier and jetties should be good for whiting, croaker,
and sand trout on fresh dead. If you throw live shrimp under a popping
cork or croaker, you might bring in some reds or specks, too.
What baits do we like this week? Plum and morning glory
looks good for soft plastics and topwaters should be good in the
light colors like bone and chartreuse.
And in the meantime - come on down and wet a hook!
Enjoy our bays!
See ya next week,
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