It is now getting close to April, and that means it is probably going to be windy on almost a daily basis. But that’s what happens this time of the year when air temperatures are attempting to warm themselves during the transition between winter and summer along the Texas coast. But don’t let a strong wind deter you from venturing out onto the water for your next April fishing trip that you have planned. The Coastal Bend region of the coast offers anglers many alternatives in high wind conditions. The vast shorelines of San Antonio Bay, Espiritu Santo Bay, Matagorda Island, and sheltered waterways like the Intracoastal Waterway and the Victoria Barge Canal can all present you with a place to fish as long as you know where to look.
Aside from the seclusion of the ever-popular back lakes, when the wind gets tough this month I’ll look to the protection of sand bars and oyster reefs, exposed spoil banks, points of land that protrude out into the water, hidden coves along the marsh grass, and leeward shorelines that offer protection from gusting winds. When dealing with these April winds, my best suggestion is for you to make sure you listen to the weather forecast, watch the actual weather as conditions unfold before you, and always plan ahead accordingly. You can always manage to find a place to fish when the wind is blowing hard.
The April water will still be cool when you get out of the boat to begin your first wade session each morning, so continue to look for your major fish in areas consisting primarily of a mud, shell, and grass mixture. Once we have a couple days that register in the 80’s, look for the trout action to begin turning on above hard, sandy flats areas that are sprinkled with grass patches. Look for bait fish to be increasing in these areas, and begin trying your luck with some of your favorite top water baits, keeping in mind to throw larger baits in rough water, and smaller baits during periods of calm, quiet conditions.
Now that the water is getting warm enough to wet-wade without the aid of waders, I wish to remind everyone not to get too comfortable with the fantastic spring weather! Although it may feel good to not be confined by several layers of clothes, this time of year can present drawbacks as well. Remember to protect your arms and legs with long-sleeved shirts and long pants, and protect your exposed skin with an ample amount of sunscreen during the day. You’ll be glad you did!