Bay Flats Lodge on San Antonio Bay
By Captain Chris Martin
January 14, 2016
Coastal anglers willing to endure the winter chill can often be rewarded with some really large speckled trout, as some of the biggest fish of the year have been taken when air and water temperatures dip below normal. And while it’s true that a lot of people head to more southerly locales like Baffin Bay and the Lower Laguna Madre for their wintertime fishing fun, there’s actually no better place than our own San Antonio Bay complex for landing some of the heaviest monster trout found this time of the year anywhere along our Texas coast. That’s right, San Antonio Bay and all of it’s surrounding territory remain a practical and logical destination for heavy, hungry, wintertime speckled trout simply due to all that this area has to offer in the way of structure and bait.
One unique structural characteristic of our coastal region happens to be the vast number of deep oyster reefs that are available, especially out in the mid-bay waters of San Antonio Bay itself. Anglers have been known to catch some enormous trout out over the shell in wintertime when the weather permits, and a lot of these folks probably opt for not even getting out of the boat to do so. However, wading anglers who brave the colder temperatures can often be awarded a career-best trout for their efforts amongst the shell.
A lot of coastal anglers may be able to atest to the old adage that “…big trout eat big baits”, as it is a belief that has probably been firmly communicated in their close circle of friends or that has been handed down in their family from one generation to another. It’s a belief that’s been proven time and time again over the years by seasoned anglers and novices alike – mullet are key for wintertime trout success. When you see mullet skating across the surface of the water or jumping skyward as if fleeing from danger, you can almost be certain that big trout will be found in the area.
Cold water temperatures tend to produce very clear water right now during the colder months of the year. Next time you happen upon a body of really clear water, scan the area for places of darker water, or for water that is streaked with mud. This “dirty” water is where the bait will be hanging out as they attempt to hide from the trout. So, find some streaky water, and chances are good you’ll find that big trout are also there ambushing the unsuspecting mullet. Making long drifts, or even wading amongst a raft of mullet while tossing rattling floats rigged with your favorite wintertime plastic tail, or favorite Gulp bait, can prove to be quite productive on a regular basis in these dirty water conditions. Until next time, stay warm, be safe, and have fun!
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Three-Day Weather Forecast
Thursday 80 % Precip. / 0.22 in
Scattered thunderstorms in the morning, then mainly cloudy during the afternoon with thunderstorms likely. High 66F. Winds E at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 80%.
Thursday Night 10 % Precip. / 0.0 in
A few clouds. Low 52F. Winds SSW at 5 to 10 mph.
Friday 10 % Precip. / 0.0 in
Partly cloudy skies. High 71F. Winds WNW at 10 to 15 mph.
Friday Night 0 % Precip. / 0.0 in
Clear skies. Low 49F. Winds light and variable.
Saturday 50 % Precip. / 0.04 in
Showers in the morning, then clearing with ample sunshine in the afternoon. High near 65F. Winds NNE at 15 to 25 mph. Chance of rain 50%.
Saturday Night 0 % Precip. / 0.0 in
Clear skies. Low 39F. Winds N at 10 to 20 mph.
A weak to moderate east to northeast flow is expected by Thursday morning as a coastal trough develops offshore in response to an upper level trough. The surface and upper level trough will combine with adequate moisture to produce showers and a few thunderstorms, especially from midnight through Thursday afternoon. The upper trough will begin to move farther east Thursday evening, with rain and thunderstorm chances ending. Weak to moderate offshore flow will develop by Friday as a weak cold front moves through the area, with onshore flow redeveloping by early Saturday. Another upper level disturbance will move across the region Saturday bringing a stronger cold front through the area. Onshore winds will transition to northwest and strengthen through Saturday evening as high pressure builds across the region. There will be a chance of showers and thunderstorms associated with this low on Saturday as well. Drier conditions are expected on Sunday along with gradually subsiding winds and seas.
Coastal Water Temperature:
Rockport 55.9 degrees
Seadrift 57.9 degrees
Port Aransas 59.0 degrees
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