Slow sinkers and soft plastics have been our go-to baits; smaller topwaters are working in the clear shallows during warm-ups.
Anglers are finding good fishing across the entire Galveston Bay Complex from north to south and east to west. From shallow flats, backwater lakes, bayous, rivers, and deep open-water structure, there seems to be fish all over the place. Whatever your lure preference or natural bait; fishing reports indicate its all working for lots of anglers. The combination of a mild winter so far and above average salinity rates are creating good water clarity everywhere. Water temperatures have been hovering around the magical low-60 mark which concentrates the baitfish making it easy to target trout and redfish.
An easy pattern for me lately on larger specks has been locating rafts of mullet along northern and eastern shorelines just after a norther as tides return to normal and a steady two to three days of northeast winds. It really makes a difference to have a mud and shell mixed bottom in two to four feet of water near bayous, drains, towheads, or dropoffs. This has been a pattern I established about two weeks ago and the key is to stay with it until the weather drastically changes. As mild as it has been this pattern could last a long time for us.
Topwaters have been paying off early at first light but keep them small in clear and calm conditions. The MirrOlure Top Dog Jr in mullet colored patterns and the Spook Jr are working really well when it's calm or a light chop and the larger topwaters will work as conditions rough up. As the sun gets higher a great choice for me has been the Maniac Mullet by Tidal Surge in a pearl bodied chartreuse back and the hot pink in the slow sink for shallow applications and the fast sink for deeper structure as the fish start to roll off the flats by midmorning. Don't discount soft plastics; I've caught some really nice specks on the MirrOlure Lil John and Tidal Surges Split Tail Mullet rigged on an 1/8 ounce jighead or an 1/8 ounce flutter jig. The 52M MirrOlure in chartreuse, white, orange, and pink have caught some big specks here lately drifting deeper flats and structure in five to six feet of water in pretty adverse conditions. No matter where you like to fish Galveston in the winter the key to producing day in and day out is to stay with the baitfish whether it's shallow or deep; the fish are going to be there or pretty darn close by.
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