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Galveston Fishing Report from Capt Paul Marcaccio

East Bay Pattern

Posted on Thursday, 08/09/12 10:47 am by captpaul
Bolivar Peninsula- Best Kept Secret Just a few miles northeast of Galveston Island lies the strip of land called the Bolivar Peninsula. Anglers largely overlook the peninsula, as they pass by its shores on the way to crowded East Bay hot spots. The fact of the matter is that the peninsula has a lot to offer anglers year round, particularly in the winter months. The peninsula appeals to boaters, wade fishermen, and land based fishermen. Fishing opportunities for boaters are almost endless. Among the most popular places in Bolivar for boaters are the jetties. The jetties serve as a breakwater ...
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Pic's & A Tribute

Posted on Sunday, 04/01/12 3:07 pm by captpaul
A Good Picture Is Worth 1000 Words Memorable fish catches don’t come along on every fishing trip, but when they do, you certainly want a permanent record of the occasion. You could, of course, take your catch to the taxidermist and have a real fine wall mount made. I’ve gone that route, and it is satisfactory to a point. The problem is this can become quite expensive. I’ve been sport fishing since 1965 and if I had a wall mount made of every big fish I’ve caught or especially admired, I would be trophy rich and money poor. No, not every fish I’ve caught was a record at the time. Other ...
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Saltwater Equipment-Do & Don't

Posted on Tuesday, 01/10/12 12:57 pm by captpaul
                        Fishing Equipment-To do………………….        It is often said that approximately 10 percent of the fisherman catch 80 percent of the fish.      If so, what are the fishermen that make up the other 80 percent doing wrong?      Many times it the little oversights that lead to a fisherman’s downfall and allow a trophy fish To escape the hook and net.      Here are a few ways I have ...
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December Speckled Trout and Redfish!

Posted on Tuesday, 12/06/11 12:28 pm by captpaul
Since early November, fishing has produced near limits of spec’s and red fish. Fishing prior and after these fronts has produced great numbers, using the moon phase and tidal movement. Fishing till dark has been excellent using drains and bayou’s as ambush points. Water temp is 52-56 degrees. Key is nervous bait or fish slicks…………Birds with a mix of turns and pelicans also a key to fish feeding near the surface. Areas like the Galveston Basin, Pelican Is. bridge, Campbell’s, Moses Lake, Clear Lake,Scott’s and Tabb’s bays. Trout to 20 inches under the birds and others to 23 inches near drains ...
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Fall Patterns for Spec's & Reds

Posted on Monday, 11/07/11 10:25 am by captpaul
Recent cold fronts have triggered the Fall Run of fishing under the birds in Trinity and East Bays…………. Two or three days after these northers, gulf waters again return water to the bays causing shrimp to migrate into the open bays near drains and bayous. What a great time to catch good numbers and limits of both speckled trout and redfish. The key is water temp along with light winds. Present water temp is 68 degrees and and should see low 60′s. Light winds follow these blue northers. Key area are the back end near Marsch Point, Campbell Bayou and near Marker 72, the backside of ...
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Boliver Peninsula - Best Winter Secret

Posted on Friday, 10/28/11 12:16 pm by captpaul
Bolivar Peninsula- Winter’s Best Kept Secret Just a few miles northeast of Galveston Island lies the strip of land called the Bolivar Peninsula. Anglers largely overlook the peninsula, as they pass by its shores on the way to crowded East Bay hot spots. The fact of the matter is that the peninsula has a lot to offer anglers year round, particularly in the winter months. The peninsula appeals to boaters, wade fishermen, and land based fishermen. Fishing opportunities for boaters are almost endless. Among the most popular places in Bolivar for boaters are the jetties. The jetties serve as a ...
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Redfish Rodeo

Posted on Saturday, 09/17/11 6:34 pm by captpaul
This past few days, redfish have been sighted and caught from the Boliver Wells to the upper end of Galveston bay around marker 72 and the Seabrook area. This writer and guide has no reasonable explanation for the great numbers being caught and seen in herds. May have to do with this extreme drought and salinity in and around our system. TPW reported recently that the salinity level was well over 40 parts per million. We only require 10-12 for speckled trout and redfish. Go figure………. We are leaving the dock around 530 am and returning before 1100am with a great box of redfish and several ...
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Flounder Fishing for Everyone

Posted on Monday, 08/15/11 11:45 am by captpaul
Flounder Fishing – for Everyone Successful flounder fishing is not for everyone. If you simply cast out the bait and wait, you may catch a flounder or two, but in general you’re in for a disappointment and frustration. Successful hook and line flounder fishing rates right at the head of the class. If you can successfully catch flounder on hook and line, you have bragging rights and should consider yourself an expert. This writer can give a lot of tips on catching flounder, but when it comes to actually setting the hook in the mouth of a flatfish, it all boils down to two items: “Concentration ...
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East Galveston Bay

Posted on Thursday, 07/28/11 4:43 pm by captpaul
You don’t need a huge bay for good fishing. A small bay with great structure plus marsh embossed borders can fill the bill. That’s the case of East Bay, the smallest of the major bays in the Galveston Estuary. For years it was the best redfish bay on the upper Texas Coast, but back in those years it was also a best kept secret. East Bay is still the best upper coast redfish bay, but that’s no longer a secret, and the bay now gets heavy play from boaters and waders alike. Starting with Hanna’s Reef on the southwest end, East Bay is rich with structure: scores of deep oyster reefs and pipe ...
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Summer Patterns-Galveston Bay Complex

Posted on Friday, 07/22/11 4:25 pm by captpaul
The lack of rainwater is a double edge sword. Great salinity but too salty in the bay systems. Be extremely careful to clean your equipment after each fishing trip to Galveston Bay. Live bait, the likes of shrimp or croakers, have had solid hook ups to 6 lbs. Either carolina rig or a cork about three feet will due just right. However, the price is changing weekly based on supply and demand. Soft plastics shad tails or Assassins in eithers plum, pumpkin seed or pearl are drawing hits from quality fish(redfish and speckled trout). Using 1/4 oz lead along with weedless gold spoon is adding up ...
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East Bay-Galveston

Posted on Thursday, 07/21/11 6:57 pm by captpaul
The water in our system is hovering around 86 degrees. The lack of rainwater has caused a number of fish to find their way to the back waters, the likes of sand shark and black tips………….. We are able to make use of that small croacker to catching near limits of solid speckled trout and a few slotted redfish. Using soft plastic baits the likes of Assassins, Norton, Stanley and Gulp are equal to the task other than more casting to catch the limits. Color are limetruse, plum, salt-pepper, lime tiger and new penny. From Marker 62 to 38 along the channel are areas and Hannahs, Deep and ...
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July-August-Options on Galveston Bay

Posted on Saturday, 07/09/11 3:27 pm by captpaul
The trip was planned to explore several areas in the San Leon, Dksn Bay, and Texas City near the Dike. But, the old pier pilings that have always been such a magnet for redfish beckoned. It's hard for this guide to give up good old bad habits, especially when they have produced fried redfish filets so many times. The Big Bay Parker just seemed to go on autopilot, quickly swinging into familiar territory. Near the April Fool shoreline and Eagle Point. On a FTU ¼ oz wide gap lead head, the limetruse plastic mullet imitation looked deadly swimming through the sandy green bay waters. Long cast ...
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Salty Shorelines

Posted on Monday, 05/16/11 5:29 pm by captpaul
Salty Shorelines Recent days are similar to the lower coast. Lots of wind and salinity is off the charts. Some areas in galveston bay are reaching upwards of 30ppm…………..parts per million of salt to frest. Areas like D. Bayou, Trinity River and the San Jacinto are holding fish north of I-10 and west of I-45. Lack of rainwater is playing a hugh role in allowing these fish to move up fresh water areas. Both Trinity and East are holding solid fish when the winds allow us to fish the open waters. The east and south shorelines are holding great numbers of speckled trout and redfish on a falling ...
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April Winds-Wade Em

Posted on Tuesday, 04/12/11 11:33 am by captpaul
Folks, Take advantage of the SSE and East winds to find great waters to wade early and late evening. Shorelines in East Bay and Trinity Bay. From Rollover Pass to Seivers Cut in East has been awesome on top water. From Double bayou to the mouth of the river, has been as well great numbers are being taken on top water as well. Target any and all drains and bayous………….Falling tide is the key along with nervous bait or shad. Use small baits like She Pups or Baby Super Spooks…….. 1/4 oz gold spoons are really making a difference for those pesky redfish. Use pumpkin seed, plum or pearl for soft ...
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March Madness

Posted on Friday, 03/25/11 10:02 am by captpaul
March 11th, 2011 Current catching of both speckled trout and redfish have been excellent to near limits for both fish. Areas in Trinity near Van-u-tun, Double Bayou, The river and north of there. East Bay has produced good number in the 20 inch range on or near Hannah’s, Lady ‘s Pass, or Elmgrove point. Campbell’s Bayou is showing signs of bird activity near Sand Is. or near Virginia Pt. Best colors are the shad body in either chicken-on-chain, chartruse or black/chartruse tail. Use either 1/8 or 1/4 oz lead Using 1/4 or 1/2 oz gold spoon is effective as well. Top water bite was excellent ...
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Galveston Bay-Frost Free

Posted on Tuesday, 02/22/11 8:05 pm by captpaul
Folks…………………….. The recent freeze in and around this complex has fallen short of any measureable loss of the resource. Our speckled trout and redfish found deeper waters during that time and therefore, our recent days have been excellent. Limits of reds and spec’s over 20 inches. Water is by far the best in recent time for this guide and writer. Visibility is awesome and water temp is 54 degrees. It’s been a long time this fishing guide has seen this water look great. Presently using soft plastic from Gulp or plum or chartruse. Keep it in the zone by using 1/8 oz jig heads and keep it ...
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Fall Patterns n Full Mode

Posted on Tuesday, 10/19/10 3:44 pm by captpaul
October 11th, 2010 The past two weeks have been excellent for those redfish n the slot as well as speckled trout to 5 lbs…………… The entire bay system is lights out, from Greens Cut to the Wildlife area, including areas in Trinity Bay as well…………… Best bet is 5-7 feet of water over scattered shell and mud, like Greens,Hannah, Deep,Frenchy’s. Water temp is near 70 degree’s. Visibility is good to about 2-3 feet. Birds are working near the ICW in West Bay, near Sm. Point and out side the Spillway in Trinity Bay. Colors are plum, chartruse, black,pearl and glow. Bass Assassin or Norton San eels ...
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Summer Pattern Speckled Sea Trout

Posted on Monday, 08/09/10 4:40 pm by captpaul
This past month of July 2010 will be remembered as one of our Gulf coast hottest from the weather to production of or finest fish along the coast. Speckled trout have been caught in good numbers using an array of baits. Depending on your skill level, both plastic and live croackers have resulted in limits and near limits of that great fish along with good numbers of slot redfish. Live bait has been in good supply due to folks like Eagle Point and Hillman. They have done a great work to keep us fishermen in ample supply of those great bait fish. On the other hand, soft plastic users have been ...
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Weather, Water and Equipment

Posted on Friday, 03/06/09 10:44 am by captpaul
Remember fish are cold-blooded creatures. Their bodies take on the temperature of the element (water) in which they live. Fish caught in winter feel as cold as ice, while those taken in the summer feel warm and as a result the meat spoils much faster. Weather extremes, sweltering heat in the summer and bitter cold in the winter, can make for difficult fishing. Many people cut down on their number of fishing trips during these extremes. There is no chart that says that weather extremes make for bad fishing, but that's only if you aren't familiar with how the fish react to the weather. A point ...
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