Captain Bryan’s Fishing Report, Jan-Feb 2023

Captain Bryan BrawnerBy Captain Bryan Brawner
Warmer days are ahead now and the water levels and higher bull tides will return soon in between weekly fronts. With southerly to southeast winds, incoming tides will offer some of the best wade fishing of the year starting now. Shorelines around Marsh Point to Big Pasture will be good locations which always hold quality fish this time of year on incoming tides. Drifting the deeper bends in marsh canals like Big Pasture and Little Pasture can also produce good numbers of speckled trout. As trout spread into the bay as it warms up, Bull Shoals will be a prime wading location on calmer days. Slow sinking lures can be the ticket there even when the water is dirty. As long as the salinity stays at reasonable levels East Bay is on track for a good year with larger keeper fish becoming more numerous.

As spring breaks approach, whiting and black drum are good on reefs like Half Moon and Little Hanna’s. Get some dead shrimp and kids can really have some awesome trips catching lots of these good eating fish. The Bolivar surf always is a good spot to catch large whiting too. This is a good alternative when the north winds are howling and the bay is not fishable. You want have to wade out and can usually cast far enough to reach them. Whiting are some of the best tasting fish in the bay!

For some of the rest of Galveston Bay from Captain Steve Brown- +1 (713) 724-9939: Good fish being caught wading shorelines of upper West Bay. Drifting deeper water near the old ICW on West Bay has been producing trout. Around the shore line of the Galveston yacht basin and Ferry landing is holding flounder. Trout holding in East Bay on slow sinking baits on the shoreline. Jetties are holding a lot of sheephead and Redfish.

Those that know me are aware that I have moved to Lake Conroe and am offering guide services and classes there. I intend to keep up this report relevant and current though years of experience and input from professional guides like Captain Steve Brown and Captain Alan Hall.

For my long time saltwater clients, save the traffic and headaches of going across the ferry. Take the short drive to Lake Conroe for some of the best eating fish in Texas. Lake Conroe is one of the cleanest lakes and has never had an advisory on eating fish. Even the blue cats are delicious!

Something is always biting. This winter we will mainly be running trips for big Hybrids. Also we can target crappie and catfish. Check my website for specials throughout next year. I update it regularly. There is always something to catch year round here!

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[BB: Jan-17-2023]

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