Captain Jeff Brandon Fishing Report, 5-21-24

Captain Jeff Brandon Fishing ReportBy Captain Jeff Brandon
Surface water temperature 78 degrees in East Galveston Bay. Water clarity stirred up more than usual with all the freshwater entering the bay system from the heavy rains up above us. The further we ventured East, the more muddied up the water became. This week we had a few days with lighter than normal winds and we found fish in our typical springtime spots. We are still finding good numbers of solid trout on the Shorelines over shell pockets, where we have good tide movement, as well as Redfish along the grass lines and over shell with the higher tides. If you see bait flipping on the surface the fish are close by, if not, you are best to move on to another spot, after making a few casts.

The lighter the jig head the better (1/16 to 1/4), determined by the wind and current, and tails without paddles are still performing the best, as we were utilizing Anahuac based Wac Assassin’s and top performing colors varied, depending upon water clarity and light conditions. Our clients are still finding good success using Fish Smack Popping corks with a 1 to 2 foot leader above a Marker 54 Glide Shrimp, with a hard pop and a 5 to 10 second pause gathering the most strikes. The new 1/8 oz Shrimplets are coming on strong as well, enticing some nice catches this week, but not as durable as the Glide Shrimp.

The Topwater bite has also been good when utilized on our early morning and late afternoon trips, so if you like throwing walking baits, now is the perfect time to get on the water and make it happen. We did have one day where we ventured out to an open water reef and it did produce some trout action for us, so that bite should get better as we progress into more of a summertime pattern.

Until Next Time – Captain Jeff Brandon
Get the Net Guide Services, LLC – Year-Round Fishing Guide
1183 N Stingaree Dr, Crystal Beach, Texas 77650

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