As fall approaches, so does an excellent inshore bite. In a week or two, fall fishing will be in full swing around the US. And where better to spend your time than around the fisheries of Texas! Today, we’re going to have a look at spots that offer some of the very best Texas coast fishing. Start from the top of the list, and let’s see who fishes all of these spots first! Let the best angler win!
1. Trinity Bay
Trinity Bay lies in the northern part of the Galveston Bay, within a short ride from the towns of Anahuac and Galveston. It’s a quiet, residential area which you can most easily reach by boat. These fisheries are mostly made up of flats and oyster beds, where Speckled Trout and Redfish feed throughout the year. Fall is a particularly good time to be here – it’s not crowded, it’s still relatively warm, and the fishing is on fire. The middle part of the bay is a couple of feet deep and you can find big fish. The mouth of the Trinity River is shallower but great for wading. To make the most out of your day on the water, find a local guide to take you out.
2. Rollover Pass
Fishing for Specks is excellent here! And the Flounder bite is also on fire. The Rollover Pass is a good wading spot, and if you’re fishing these waters in late fall, it can get really crowded. This 200 feet wide strait is a perfect ambush spot: as the incoming tide flows through the Pass, so do the baitfish and game fish. On an outgoing tide, these fish return to the Gulf of Mexico, but the current also pulls fish species that inhabit brackish and fresh waters. It is here that you will find Redfish, Speckled Trout, Flounder, Sheepshead, Black Drum, Sharks, Spanish Mackerel, Pompano, as well as schools of baitfish, blue crabs, and other critters.
3. South Padre Island
South Padre Island is the prime example of Texas coast fishing. Fly fishing for Reds around the bay waters of Laguna Madre is some of the most rewarding in the States. Come fall, these waters get swarmed by Redfish, Speckled Trout, Flounder. And you don’t always need a boat to land an impressive catch. Surf anglers will love these waterways – with a bit of preparation, you can avoid the crowds and reach the sheltered fishing spots where big game fish feed. Go around grass flats for Trout and Reds, or wet your line around the jetties and you could easily get yourself a Tarpon.
4. West Bay
Sitting between Galveston Island, Tiki Island, and Jamaica Beach, West Bay is a productive fishery, with a maze of canals, bayous, isles, and man-made structures. Fish love these waterways as they can hide and feed around canals, bridge pylons, and passes. You are likely to find Flounder, Speckled Trout, Jack Crevalle, Black Drum, and Redfish around here. The fall bite is superb, with anglers regularly reeling in these aggressive critters. The middle part of the bay is the deepest and produces fish bigger than elsewhere. Still, you shouldn’t miss fishing around the nearby canals. There are deep cuts where really big fish seek shelter.
5. North Padre Island
Though less popular compared to its Southern counterpart, North Padre Island is a fishery you don’t want to overlook. Schools of Red and Black Drum visit these waters, as do Sharks, Spanish Mackerel, Jack Crevalle, and Speckled Trout. The island is not urbanized, so when you’re packing for your trip, make sure to bring all necessities, from tackle, line, and lures to food and drinks. There are numerous beaches where good ole’ surf fishing can result in big Sharks or other game fish that feed around oyster and shell beds.
6. Chocolate Bay
Chocolate Bay lies south of West Bay. This fishery boasts many secluded fishing spots, where you can get the best of Texas coast fishing – Red Drum and Trout. They are particularly hungry during the fall. In addition to these fish, you could also reel in Flounder and Black Drum. There is a number of flats just below the Chocolate Bayou public boat ramp where you’ll find a fair Trout bite. Travel further south and you will reach the San Luis Pass, where there is a lot of baitfish coming in from the Gulf of Mexico. There is also a public fishing pier within easy reach of the Bluewater Highway.
7. Matagorda Island
Facing the Gulf of Mexico and the Espiritu Santo Bay, Matagorda Island is a fine launching point for anglers with a boat. The waters are shallow and rich in fish: you can catch anything that Texas inshore fisheries have to offer. Speckled Trout, Red and Black Drum, Flounder. If you want to try something local, then join the crowds of “giggers” who go after Flounder each fall. Matagorda Island lies close to Pass Cavallo and through it you can quickly reach the fisheries of the Matagorda Bay. If you’d like to stay here for the weekend, find accommodation in the nearby village of Port O’Connor.
8. Brazos River
The Brazos River flows into the Gulf of Mexico, moving through a network of jetties that lie near the town of Freeport. You can start your day by fishing the river, then move south and fish around the jetties. Here you will find Speckled Trout, Red and Black Drum, and Flounder. The jetties serve as a bottleneck – the water passes through on its way to the Gulf, and so you can find scores of baitfish for the biggest part of the year. Bull Sharks and Jacks move around the river mouth, while Reds, especially big Reds, move upstream.
9. Mustang Island
Mustang Island offers a lot of opportunities to fishing enthusiasts. You can spend the day working the surf, go wading, or jump on a boat and head out into the Gulf of Mexico, or explore the waters of the Corpus Christi Bay. If you, however, choose to stay on Mustang Island, you can expect a fine fall bite. Speckled Trout are present here throughout the year, with massive Redfish swarming the waters in fall. Flounder, Jack Crevalle and Black Drum are also biting during the warm fall days. Explore the jetties on the northern tip of the island and you’re in for a sweet Shark fishing treat. The island is not great for fishing only: if you want to take some smashing landscape photos, this barrier island is an excellent spot to start.
10. Follets Island
Follets Island looks out on the Christmas Bay and the Gulf of Mexico and offers a solid number of sheltered fishing spots. If you want to escape the crowds, come here for some excellent big fish action. Bull Redfish swarm the waters as of October and are often found near sandbars, followed by Jack Crevalle, Black Drum, Sharks, Flounder, baitfish, and blue crabs. The special appeal of Follet’s Island is the fact that these waters are filled with man-made structures. The best-known example is a steamship that dates back to the Civil War. It is a hub for game and bait fish, which also hide around the grass and sandy bottoms.
So, which of these places did you fish before? Which fishing spots would you recommend to anglers coming to fish the Texas coast? What’s the best time to visit them? Let us know in the comments below!