Bay Flats Lodge on San Antonio Bay
By Captain Chris Martin
January 4, 2016
When we throw plugs and plastic tails during the hotter months of the year, we are generally working those baits above grassy bottoms. And during those months, the tactic of success is to work your bait directly above the top of the grass. If you pull in grass with your plug or tail, you need to speed you retrieve a bit in order to keep the lure in the “sweet spot” – traveling just parallel to the very top fringes of each blade of grass that lines the bay floor.
When the water gets cold, however, the tactic for working artificial baits changes completely. First of all, if the water temperature has been low for quite some time, then there simply won’t be much grass to be found along shorelines in our bay systems. So where are artificial anglers supposed to focus their attention during wintertime? The answer is primarily in the mud. Muddy bottoms tend to retain heat from the sunshine of the day that, in turn, becomes cozy gathering spots for the fish during periods of colder temperatures.
Finding a muddy shoreline shouldn’t become too big of an issue for most wintertime anglers. Problems arise when attempting to work artificial baits effectively in these soupy conditions. One preferred method is to use much lighter jig-heads when things get extremely cold. In the mud in wintertime, the presentation of the bait needs to be slowed tremendously in order to be productive. Many anglers rig with 1/16-oz jig-heads at this time in the year, as doing so not only helps to slow the rate of descent of the lure, it also allows the lure to commonly “float” just above the top ripples of mud that line the bay floor. Some may even opt to re-spool their reels with a lighter fishing line, or braid. Anglers can also slow their retrieve as they bump the lure across the bottom, trying to imagine their bait creating a slight trail, or muddy cloud, behind it as it is retrieved back to the rod tip. Good luck out there, and tight lines to you all…!
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Three-Day Weather Forecast
Monday 0 % Precip. / 0.0 in
Abundant sunshine. High around 60F. Winds NNE at 10 to 15 mph.
Monday Night 0 % Precip. / 0.0 in
Clear to partly cloudy. Low 44F. Winds NE at 10 to 15 mph.
Tuesday 20 % Precip. / 0.44 in
A mix of clouds and sun early, then becoming cloudy later in the day. Slight chance of a rain shower. High 61F. Winds ENE at 10 to 20 mph.
Tuesday Night 30 % Precip. / 0.01 in
Mostly cloudy skies with a few showers late. Low 51F. Winds ENE at 10 to 20 mph. Chance of rain 30%.
Wednesday 90 % Precip. / 0.21 in
Partly cloudy skies during the morning hours. Thunderstorms likely in the afternoon. High 66F. Winds ESE at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 90%.
Wednesday Night 80 % Precip. / 0.08 in
Thunderstorms likely in the evening. Then the chance of scattered thunderstorms later on. Low near 55F. Winds light and variable. Chance of rain 80%.
A weak to moderate north to northeast wind will veer to east by tonight as high pressure drifts northeast. Easterly flow will become moderate as a weak coastal trough forms near the lower Texas coast. Rain chances will return by Tuesday as moisture slowly increases into the middle Texas coast. Rain chances will continue through Thursday morning with prevailing light winds. A weak frontal boundary will then move through the region Thursday afternoon with developing offshore flow.
Coastal Water Temperature:
Rockport 52.0 degrees
Seadrift 52.0 degrees
Port Aransas 53.1 degrees
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