cited by CAPT. DEREK YORK
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HARD TO BELIEVE it’s now holiday time, but looking back on this year, it was full of some wonderful times spent with family, associates, and customers on the water and in the wilderness. This year saw some scattered fish due to another extremely popular summer with record heat and no rain, but fall and winter always seem to get things back on track because fish are feeding heavily on these tide empties at this time of year.
There are a lot of great places to bass in various instances, depending on the weather. You can find redfish, fish, crumble, sheepshead, and dark drum in almost all of these locations, from the jetties to the empty bays and heavy channels to marsh drains. To catch the majority of species, I normally throw live shrimp under popping corks or soft plastics on my vessel. Across the bay method, working bird schools may offer some excellent and quick action on fish and reds. Additionally, there are times when the sun rises after in the day and the fish begins to move on the surface, which is sometimes the best time to go fishing. In the fall and early spring, I observe a lot of floor activity in East Bay.
When using cut fish on the bottom when fishing, the piers may also give those bulls reds some significant pulls. To see what they want, I’ll switch from menhaden to mullet and yet crab. They occasionally desire all three! If you can get out on the ocean or when fishing from the shore, where you have nearby access to deeper drop-offs, like the end of the Texas City Dike, this is almost a guarantee.
Another fall / winter favorite is the fish, which can be easily caught catching live hand mullet and mud fish or soft plastics on the bottom. In places like Galveston Harbor and the Bolivar boat landings, these fish are typically targeted along stream edges or near deep structures. Just keep in mind that fish may be 15 inches in order to comply with the annual bag limit of 5, unless it is closed from November 1 through December 14.
We boat the majority of our largest tuna during this time of year, and sheepshead is always one of my favorites. The history books on my catamaran from last year included several fish that weighed more than eight pounds and two that went over ten. On lighter address, these fish fight fantastically, taste fantastic, and have a great appearance. What more could you possibly want? I usually use a popping bottle and live crab to fish close to beach bulkheads and pilings. Last time, we fished at several locations that produced numerous huge fish from the same exact spot. Therefore, if you catch one before moving on, make sure to angle the area several times.
To end 2023, I hope you may leave and take some time to relax on Galveston Bay. Just keep some extra towels and clothing on board in case something goes wrong and somebody gets wet, and become weather-aware. And don’t forget to get a person fish!