Grant and I made a trip to Galveston yesterday to explore a new area and try and locate some fish. I have virtually scouted this spot many times with Google Earth but always seem to talk myself out of making the long paddle that is required to reach and fish it. The winds were predicted to stay relatively low and the temperature was going to climb into the mid 60s by noon so this was as good a day as any to put in some miles.
The plan was to search for trout on the way out but they weren’t really around. Once we made the 5 mile paddle to our intended destination we focused on a deeper channel for the first few hours before moving over to the nearby mud/shell mix. We had no luck in the channels, mainly due to the fact that by the time we reached it the sun was straight overhead, quickly heating the mud/shell mix and the water around it. The reds had moved out of the deeper water and were sitting pretty shallow when we found them. All of our fish were within close proximity to the deeper water (4-8 feet deep) sitting in about 2 feet of water with a soft mud bottom covered with a small amount of scattered shell. This has been a constant pattern all winter long that will continue over the next month or two. Find the mud shell/mix near deeper water, and you find the fish.
This was one of those days when I kayak you can stand in was key to catching fish. While sitting, the fish were difficult to spot. While standing, you could see them about 10-12 yards away and make a short pitch to them for an immediate hookup. All fish were sight casted and were between 23 and 26 inches. Grant did manage to pull one that was a little over 30 inches for our largest of the day. We also picked up a few trout where the deeper water met up with the shallow stuff and I spotted a 35″ black drum that was not interested in my trout killer. All fish were released to fight another day. Enjoy the video above since I didn’t take any pics on this trip.
Wind: 5 mph from North switching out of the east around noon
Weather: Mid 60s with sunny skies.
Tides: Outgoing until noon and then incoming
Bottom: Mud & shell mix
Visibility: Crystal clear
Depth: 2 feet but near channels that were 4-8 feet deep
Rod: 6′ 9″ Hook Spit Pitch Fork
Reel: Shimano Citica
Kayak: Jackson Cuda 14
Paddle: 250 cm Werner Cyrpus: Hooked