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Fishing in Corpus Christi
Corpus Christi fishing has much more to offer than just a single productive fishery. The region contains four separate bay systems that cover pretty much all the habitats you could ask for from inshore fishing in Texas. With a network of grass flats, marshes, lagoons, channels, not forgetting the Gulf of Mexico itself, there isn’t a season you can’t find fish here. Grab your fishing rod, find a guide, and explore the waterways of the “Sparkling City by the Sea.” You won’t regret it.
Not only is Corpus Christi’s fishing an attraction in itself, the town also has plenty to offer sea-life enthusiasts and their families. Pet live stingrays at the Texas State Aquarium before heading out to see the waters for yourself. Come back to the shore after your fishing trip and explore the USS Lexington, a WWII aircraft carrier that is now open for modern-day explorers. And that’s not to mention the buzzing cultural and artistic life the city has to offer on land. Something tells us it’s not going to be difficult to convince the family to join you on a trip to this fishing hotspot.
Get out on the water, and the only problem you will have is choosing which Corpus Christi fishing spots to attack first. The Corpus Christi Bay is the largest and deepest bay on the Texas Coastal bend, and its rich oyster reefs make a hot meeting point for the Big Three of Redfish, Speckled Trout, and Flounder. To the north, you will find the steep drop-offs and oil pipe stands of Nueces Bay, while the west holds the veritable Trout magnet of Baffin Bay and the extensive grass flats of Laguna Madre. Oh, and this bay system continues to the north east, with Aransas, Copano, and San Antonio Bays all within reach and holding their own healthy stocks of Redfish, Trout, Flounder, Black Drum, Sheepshead, and much more.
Head out of Aransas Pass, and you will find out that the deep sea fishing Corpus Christi offers rivals any in the Gulf of Mexico. Seek out big Red Snapper during the federal season in June and early July. Take an overnight trip to fish the deep waters of the Gulf for Yellowfin Tuna, Blue Marlin, and Sailfish. Or fish within ten miles of the coast to make the most of the state’s year-round Red Snapper season. Whichever option you go for, you are in with a good chance of coming back with some impressive fish tales - and hopefully some nice keepers, too.
For those who just can’t get enough of fishing these waters, there are several Corpus Christi fishing piers that will let you put the skills you learned with your guide to the test. Try the Corpus Christi Beach Fishing Jetty, which is right next to the iconic USS Lexington. Otherwise, enjoy the surroundings of the Indian Point Pier or the Philip Dimitt Municipal Fishing Pier.
And that's not all. The Corpus Christi area is home to some of the nicest freshwater lakes in southern Texas. Both Lake Corpus Christi and the Choke Canyon Reservoir are in easy reach of the city. Lake Corpus Christi fishing is known for its good Largemouth Bass opportunities in the spring, fall, and winter, with Crappie, White Bass, and Blue Catfish also putting in an appearance. Make a day of it and relax in the beautiful surroundings of Lake Corpus Christi State Park after reeling in your catch.
Rules & Regulations
It is compulsory to have a valid Texas fishing license in order to fish all the state's waterways. If you are planning to take fish, you will need a saltwater stamp (or a freshwater stamp for the state's rivers and lakes), and in order to keep an over-sized Redfish during their fall migration you should purchase an additional Red Drum tag. Fishing licenses are not usually supplied by Corpus Christi fishing guides.
Types of Fishing
The best fishing charters in Corpus Christi employ a wide range of techniques to get the fish biting in the local bays. You will find them doing everything from drifting across the flats to dropping bait over potholes and channels to target Redfish, Speckled Trout, and Black Drum. Live Croaker is probably the most popular bait for inshore fishing in these parts, but soft plastics such as DOA Terror-Eyz can also get good results. When it comes to Flounder fishing, both rod and reel fishing and gigging are options. If you haven’t tried gigging yet, you should give this unusual night-time fishing technique a go!
Have a fly rod? More and more people are fly fishing Corpus Christi waterways. Bring a six, seven, or eight weight rod to target Redfish on the flats or a heavier setup for Tarpon and Jacks. Bring a selection of Shrimp and Crab pattern flies on two, four, and six size hooks. Fly fishing can be good from a shallow boat with a large casting platform or simply by wading in the flats.
Lake Corpus Christi fishing can get good results with noisy lures such as buzzbaits and spinnerbaits, while unweighted soft plastic worms and jerkbaits can also get good results from Largemouth Bass.
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