gafftopordie wrote: Yaklash -awesome info and thanks for sharing! I struggle trying to find a reputable way to read the tides so I figured you might be able to give some good insight on how and where to read the tide.
For the Galveston Ship Channel, there is a tide station labeled "Galveston Pier 21, Galveston Cannel." Wind may alter the levels and the speed, but that's a good starting point. There are also stations near most other places I fish the flounder run - Eagle Point, San Luis Pass and Rollover.
gafftopordie wrote: In your post, you said incoming tide is good...does that mean that outgoing tide is bad? Also, you stated that finger mullet is your top option. How do you fish with those? Just toss em out and wait? under a popper? with a split shot and drag slowly on the bottom?
I have not found there to be a huge difference between incoming and outgoing at the passes where they seem to hang around for a while, but back in the bays where they are more transitory, I do find incoming is better.
For live bait, I rig a circle hook on a 2 foot mono leader (20-25 lbs), attaching it via a swivel to the main line with an egg sinker above the swivel. Or, if I'm fishing heavy cover, and may be losing some rigs, I'll just tie the hook directly to the main line, put a split shot or 2 a foot and a half above the hook. I cast out, let it sink to the bottom, take up the slack and slowly drag it with the rod tip (no cranking on the reel), until the rod tip is behind me. Then I crank down slowly on the reel, pulling my rod tip back towards the bait, taking up the slack as I crank down. Then repeat. Slow movement and no slack are the keys.