FOR NOW, THE FORCAST IS great across the board, but much of the area could be impacted by the presence of Tropical Depression 22, which formed in the Gulf and has the potential to turn into a Category 1 hurricane by the early part of next week. Take advantage of the solid conditions across the board as things could become interesting as early as Monday.
Trinity Bay: GOOD. 84-85 degrees. Speckled trout are under the birds, and redfish are good around the flats on shrimp under a popping cork. Flounder activity has increased, and they are biting on minnow around the rocks. The north and northwest shoreline is a great area year-round due to the generating station. The cooling canal flows into the north side. Work the structure and watch for what’s under the birds.
East Galveston Bay: GOOD. 84-85 degrees. North and south jetties are good for bull reds on fresh shad. The reef areas along the south side are best for speckled trout and redfish using mullet or croaker. Sheepshead are tight along the rocks on shrimp.
West Galveston Bay: GOOD. 84-85 degrees. Offats Bayou has produced some decent fish in the morning hours. The shell reefs around the ICW and San Luis Pass are great for speckled trout and redfish on shrimp. Topwaters are the best choice for wading, shrimp under a popping cork is good for the rest.
Texas City: GOOD. 84-86 degrees. Bull reds are still being caught around the dike in decent numbers, on mullet or crab. Redfish and speckled trout are good along the shoreline on shrimp under a popping cork and soft plastics. Flounder are good on minnow around the rocks. Black drum are good on blue crab around deep structure. Sheepshead are fair around the rocks on mullet or minnow.
Freeport: GOOD. 86 degrees. Redfish are holding over reefs and drains. Shrimp is the best bait. Speckled trout are good around San Luis Pass on shrimp, MirrOlures, and soft plastics. Redfish, Black drum, and sheepshead are good on live shrimp under popping cork around the reefs.
East Matagorda Bay: GOOD. 86 degrees. Drifting the big mudflats is the best method for redfish or speckled trout on live shrimp or croaker. Look for a green tide loaded with bait.
West Matagorda Bay: GOOD. 86 degrees. Redfish are great on live shrimp. There are a lot of guts running through the beds that are deep with slightly cooler water. Speckled trout are fair on soft plastics.
Port O’Connor: GOOD. 86 degrees. Speckled trout are fair to good on topwaters in 4-7 feet of water. Redfish have been good on shrimp under a popping cork. Black drum are good on crab around deep structure or vegetation. Concentrate on flats that are close to deep water, throw topwaters in the morning. Flounder is good on live bait.