While some of us dread the thought of getting out of bed in winters, most people can’t wait to hop out of it so they can get on their winter fishing trip.
From feeling the icy cold breeze on your face to thinking about having a hot plate of freshly cooked fish in the next few hours, fishing in winter has plenty of rewards.
Since some of the best speckled trout are caught during winter, if you’ve been looking for the perfect time to fish for some big specks on Galveston Bay, TX, now is the perfect time to do it!
So pack your bags and take a look at some of these winter fishing tips to help you have a great day catching speckled trout on Galveston bay!
Start by looking for muddy bottoms
Finding muddy bottoms is one key to success when it comes to a winter fishing trip at the Texas Gulf.
Muddy bottoms mixed with shell are great spots for winter-time fishing as the mud quickly traps warmth when the surrounding environment starts cooling. Since fish are cold-blooded creatures, they look for warmer waters to thrive in.
It’s easier to spot muddy bottoms in winter because the water becomes clear. In addition to that, the clear water makes baitfish more visible, which helps in locating fish—but can also make catching them a bit more challenging. This means that the presentation of your bait is another key to success.
Trick the fish
Mullet, croaker, and shrimp are some of the best live baits for speckled trout but the availability of live bait can be scarce during winter—making selecting and presenting the right artificial bait another key to success. Some popular choices for those hoping to fool a speck include MirroLures, Corkies, and soft plastics such as Hogie paddle tails.
The trick during winter is to move your bait slowly; taking into account water depths and the amount of tide movement in the area you’re fishing.
Watch for tide movement
Another important factor to keep in mind— in not only winter but also at any other time of year—is the movement of the tide. Good tide movement is a great indicator that fish will be feeding. Keeping this into account can significantly improve your chances of catching fish.
This also requires some knowledge of the wind as well as how submerged structures might affect water movement in a particular area. A fishing guide or a charter captain can assist you in identifying the best places to fish based on water movement.
Follow the fish
Knowing fish movement as it gets colder is another key factor for catching specks during the winter-time fishing.
Fish will go deeper in the water column where the water is the warmest during winter and will move to nearby shallower water as the sun gets higher and temperatures rise. Similarly, during summer, the fish move to shallow water regions for a cooler environment.
Use this information to your advantage when you plan a fishing trip; it will help you understand the many factors that impact winter time fishing in Galveston Bay.
While these tips may seem simple, winter-time fishing can be a bit more challenging anywhere—and Galveston Bay is no different. Your best bet is to have a premium Galveston Bay fishing charter at your side to help you out. Take a look at Frenzy Guide Services’ fishing calendar and book your trip with us to avail the best saltwater fishing guide services Galveston Bay! Call us at (832) 205-1357 and we will work with you to make it one of the best fishing experiences you’ve ever had at Galveston Bay.
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