I decided to make another quick run to Galveston’s west bay.
The trout bite was good a couple of days earlier so I thought I would try my
luck again. A couple of my friends got an earlier start. I decided to sleep-in
until 3:30AM. This would put me on the water right before sun up. I did stop on
my way to pick up a dozen live croaker. I arrived at my destination about 10
minutes after the sun rise. My two friends were already fishing and one of them
had already landed a nice 25″ trout. I decided to drift the reef-like structure and focus on using my favorite
top-water lure, the proven pink skitterwalk. Just after a couple of casts
I landed this 23.4″ trout.
I continued my drift, landing
3 more trout. All pictured below and all landed with my pink skitterwalk.
I missed a few others. One of which I lost right at the
boat while trying to net the fish. After I drifted the length of the
reef-like structure I stopped and threw out a live croaker. I sat for
about 15 minutes with no bites. I decided to pedal back and make the drift
again. I trolled back using my Vudu shrimp. This produced no bites. Once
I reached a good location, I stopped and began throwing my pink skitterwalk
once again. The wind had picked up and the sun was much higher in the horizon.
The fish no longer seemed interested in what I had to throw. My friends were
heading out to another reef. I decided to try to catch up. I followed them,
(trolling) for what seemed like a couple of miles before I finally caught up.
On the way, I only picked up one fish and it was just a lady fish. I did run
across a rather deep hole. I noted it’s location for future use. Once I reached
my friends, they told me they had no luck on this particular reef. I decided to
troll back to that deep hole I found earlier. On the way, something big nailed
my Vudu shrimp. It ripped out drag, but the fight was short as it spit the
hook. I finally reached the
deep hole. At this point the sun was high and rays were warm. I sat for a couple
of miserable minutes in the hot letting a croaker swim about. I had no
luck. I decided to get out of the blistering sun. On my back, I trolled a
Vudu shrimp and an “Electric Chicken” colored soft plastic. I picked up a
couple of 15-17″ trout. This ended my day. I loaded up and made the long trip
It was a good day. I did catch my personal best trout.
It was just over 26″. I know it’s not huge by many people’s standards, but it
is my largest to date.
Operationfish.com signing out,