This year in the Northern Hemisphere, Autumn begins on September 23, 2011, at 6:05 A.M. (CDT). It’s a time that’s both pleasant and regretful at the same time for some, but for others it’s their favorite time of the year. Baseball season is coming to an end and football season is just getting underway. Temperatures should begin to cool and nights begin to get longer.
This is the time of the year when we look forward to our first opportunity at relief from summer’s relentless heat. If you’re one of those southern anglers who like to hunt redfish with artificial lures, then the end of August and the beginning of September is a great time of the year for you along Texas’ Gulf coast.
“Redfish action, for us, has already increased over the course of the past couple weeks,” says Captain Chris Martin, 888-677-4868, www.BayFlatsLodge.com. “Some catches have provided our clients with personal-best records – the most recent being a 42-inch redfish that was caught (and released) in mid-August. We’re discovering these fish to be located in the upper water column above grass patches in the sand in one to three feet of water in our local bay systems. The bait of preference is the smaller-sized top water baits, like the new GunDog Little Dummy from Texas Tackle Factory.
Martin says the September forecast for Texas coastal fishing is looking favorable as long as the weather man doesn’t deal us any extreme tropical weather during this year’s hurricane season. So far, this year has been for the most part quiet. But that’s not completely unusual for this time of the year, as some of the most historical and disastrous Texas hurricanes have decided not hit shore until later in the month of September.
“The latest La Nina events have come and gone, and weather forecasters say it’s once again time for things to begin working back to normal for our region, so we’ll keep our fingers crossed in hopes that the experts know what they’re talking about,” says Martin
Locating both trout and reds in the upcoming month of September will continue to include the necessity of first locating active mullet. “We’ve recently run across redfish feeding in knee-deep water along leeward shorelines of Espiritu Santo and San Antonio Bay,” says Martin. “Within those schools of reds have been some really nice trout ranging from three to five pounds.” However, the taking of these really nice trout for the most part has been a hit-or-miss.
“This record-setting hot summer has placed us in a pattern where we have gotten familiar with fishing deep during low tides and an outgoing current, and fishing tight to the grass during periods of higher tides with an incoming current. Given these circumstances, I continue to hear reports of spectacular trout catches in areas west of Seadrift – areas like that of West Matagorda Bay such as…the Cedars, the Ranch House shoreline, Cottons, and Greens Bayou. Recent fishing reports from these areas indicate that sand flats surrounded by grass beds have been the most productive for the redfish, while deeper shell that happens to be located between waist and shoulder depth has been the proven to be the ticket for picking-up most of the trout over the past couple weeks.”
The mild cooling of the water generally will boost bait activity along area grassy shores where both the trout and the reds will begin to feed on a more regular basis throughout the course of the entire day. The fish will once again begin lurking in camouflaged locations that were previously uninhabitable due to low tides – places such as back lakes, marshes, sloughs, and coves. “Before you spend an enormous amount of time and effort wading up to your neck out deep, think about all the possibilities of the shallows first.”