December 12, 2012 by Captain Chris Martin
HOT this month
Because of our physical location along the Texas gulf coast, the only thing predictable in December is the unpredictability of the weather – it can be either cold or warm on any given day of the month. But the fishing, however, should be downright “HOT” this month. Given the fact that we have not received any more rainfall than we have this year, the salinity levels among all of our neighboring bay systems have maintained favorable levels throughout the year in the absence of a lot of excessive freshwater runoff. I’m certain this has helped our results over the past couple months, and I can’t help but believe this shall only continue to enhance our chances as we move forward into the colder months of the year. As the days get colder, so shall the fish. Yes, the fish actually get cold, too. So much, in fact, that their body functions undergo adjustments during cold weather which leaves them moving much slower and eating a lot less often. That’s why you will find me slowing my retrieve quite a bit once bay waters have become chilly, and is also why you will see me actually slowing the speed at which I wade a cold-water shoreline.
We may very well experience some prominent frontal passages in December that could be supported by some hefty winds as they blow through the coastal bend area. When this happens, I like waiting until the third day following the actual passage of the frontal system. Wind conditions often settle to little, or no, wind at all by the third day, and I like being out there to take advantage of the situation. Some of my more productive days last winter occurred on the third day after fronts when there were slight winds. I’ll look to be able to position myself so as to be able to toss top water baits atop a mud bottom that’s mixed with shell and grass. If there aren’t any takers on top, I’ll immediately tie a slow-sinking plug to the end of my line, something like a Corky, a Fat Boy, or even a Devil. These are all effective baits this month, and all are fun to experiment with.
The Dark Side
As usual during winter, I’ll be looking for the darker colors to be paying good dividends in the reef areas of San Antonio Bay, as well as some of the more secluded spots that can be found in any of the many back lake areas that are situated all along Matagorda Island. Give it a try…..you might just be pleasantly surprised!