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Christmas Bay

By Cade Simpson | February 1, 2012

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Hi, I'm Cade. I'm just your everyday do it yourself kind of guy with a great passion for the outdoors. Like many of you, I have often found myself a little lost when planning a fishing trip to a new area. Well, break out your Hook-N-Line Fishing map and follow me each month as I travel along the Texas coast, learning the ins and outs of fishing the saltwater along the way.

Christmas Bay is one of the last decently large bodies of water comprising the Galveston Bay system. The bay is surrounded by marshland and Brazoria National Wildlife Refuge. One can approach Christmas Bay from the northeast, driving down from Galveston; otherwise drive up the coast a short way from the Freeport/Surfside area. For this outing I chose Surfside as my home base.

When and Weather
The online reports as well as my fishing maps indicate Christmas Bay to be best from the spring through the fall. However, I wanted to try my luck at some winter kayak fishing. To wrap up the holiday season, I thought to myself "what better body of water to fish than Christmas Bay?" The forecast had called for high chances of rain right until it was time to head off for the weekend, thankfully it let up and the skies were partly cloudy at the most. The one big hindrance was the wind blowing a steady 15mph, with gusts above 20mph. Day time temps stayed in the low 50s, night time temps dipped into the 40s.

Tackle and Gear
ROD: Allstar 7' M
REEL: Shimano Curado
LINE: Suffix 15lb monofilament, clear
LURE: DOA Shrimp, Gold Glitter 3"
I needed to rent an extra kayak for this trip because my girlfriend would be joining me for her first ever kayak adventure. Austin Canoe and Kayak of Houston, is my go-to kayak resource. They are very friendly and knowledgeable and got us set up perfectly.

For bait, stop in either Saltgrass Bait Shop or Denver's Bait Camp. Both are located on Hwy 332 just before the bridge as you approach Surfside.

Hitting the water

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