dtd004 wrote:Well report. Where should I start? Went out to Texas City to find Moses Lake. Found it and the launch I had planned. Only to find out it was a pay launch and I didn't have any cash. Drove around the lake to another area I saw on a map that showed a kayak launch. Got there a little after 8 AM. Launched pedaled around through the fog hitting a few places. Tons of bait in the water, but nothing seemed to be hitting. Traveled all the way to the lock where I saw people picking up a flounder here and there. Tried what I had in my kayak, but no luck. Started heading back when the wind and heavy fog moved through. Hit a few places along the way still nothing. Got to where there were a couple of other guys where hiding in the marsh from the wind and talked to them for a bit. Learned that live shrimp is the way to go. Need to find a bait shop next time. Headed back in around noon with nothing to show. Going again this Friday in hopes of something better. Thinking Christmas Bay close to Cold Pass. Still learning and to stubborn to give up just yet. Thanks for all the info from everyone though. Looking forward to learning this area and hopefully finding fish at some point.
I haven’t hardly fished the saltwater this year so I really can’t say I’m on any fish. In the past, April has been a pretty strong month at Christmas Bay. In the spring, I tend to launch at the end of Christmas Bay at the launch everyone calls Ernie’s. It’s free and it’s easy to launch from the packed sand there, but there’s also a boat ramp. No shrimp or any other bait for purchase there, though.
I used to do some drifts around the Churchill bayou openings, sometimes there’s decent concentrations of fish in those areas. Topwaters like skitterwalks can be productive as you drift along, bouncing tails like the DSL or an Assassin can produce as well, spoons are another thing to work through that area. Mostly hard packed sand there with just a little mud and shell here and there on that end of the bay. Submerged Grass and sand bars extend down the south shoreline from the Ernies launch. In the lesser Churchill bayous, you might poke along in those, could be some redfish hugging a bank or some flounder around some tiny openings into the marsh.
In cold pass, I’ve found fish around the pier that juts out into the pass. There’s a central sand bar in the pass that can hold some trout, but you might have to hunt around a little for them. Boaters in the know avoid running over that bar, but typically one or two will run up on it a stick their boat hard on the sand. You can go into Titlum Tatlum bayou and probe the edges there as well.
Seems like years ago, Christmas Bay was a little better in the spring than maybe the last couple of springs, but I haven’t fished there as much in recent Springs out there so there’s that. I tend to really like Christmas Bay in November and December. I have kept a fishing log for years so I can look back at what happened in previous years.
I hardly ever believe I fish any place just right and my attitude is generally “what clues am I missing” when I fish. Christmas Bay is capable of producing a really good day with lots of good fish to be caught, but it’s not anything like an automatic bay for me, at least in the spring these days. I’m more confident that I’ll zero in on some fish out there in the fall than in the spring the last 2-3 years. Cold pass, I don’t even have as many good working ideas there as I might at Christmas Bay. I almost always think I should have found more fish there than I did, but I’ve had a pretty good time with flounder there and caught some trout and a few redfish there also.