Texas saltwater fishing report: 04.11.14: Big black drum staying put

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Saltwater fishing conditions and catches across Texas
Saltwater fishing conditions and catches across Texas

From Texas Parks and Wildlife Department reports

NORTH SABINE Trout are fair to good on the Louisiana shoreline on topwaters and Corkies. Flounder are fair on jigs tipped with shrimp around marsh drains. Redfish are good in the marsh.

SOUTH SABINE Sheepshead, redfish and black drum are good at the jetty on live shrimp. Trout are fair to good around Blue Buck Point on topwaters and live shrimp.

BOLIVAR Trout are fair to good on the south shoreline on soft plastics and plugs. Black drum and redfish are good at Rollover Pass.

TRINITY BAY Trout are fair around the pocket while wading with Bass Assassins and Tidal Surges. Redfish and black drum are fair on live bait at the spillway and in Red’s Bayou.

EAST GALVESTON BAY Trout are fair on the south shoreline on MirrOlures and soft plastics. Whiting and sand trout are good on the edge of the Intracoastal on fresh shrimp. Black drum are fair to good in the Ship Channel on crabs.

WEST GALVESTON BAY Trout are fair to good for drifters working shell on live shrimp. Trout, sheepshead, redfish and black drum are good at the jetty on shrimp and croakers. Redfish are good in the back lakes on shrimp and Gulps.

TEXAS CITY Redfish are fair to good in Moses Lake on shrimp. Black drum are fair on shrimp on reefs on live shrimp.

FREEPORT Black drum are fair at San Luis Pass on live bait. Sand trout, trout, redfish and sheepshead are fair to good on live shrimp on the reefs in Christmas Bay and at the jetties.

EAST MATAGORDA BAY Trout are fair for drifters in the back lakes on live shrimp. Redfish are fair to good on the edge of the Intracoastal on crabs and mullet.

WEST MATAGORDA BAY Redfish are fair to good on the edge of Oyster Lake on shrimp and crabs. Black drum and redfish are fair to good at the jetty on crabs.

PORT O’CONNOR Trout and redfish are fair on soft plastics over sand and grass near Grass Island. Trout and redfish are fair for drifters working the back lakes with live shrimp. Trout and redfish are good at the jetty on mullet.

ROCKPORT Trout are fair to good in the cuts on free–lined shrimp. Black drum are good in the Lydia Ann Channel on crabs. Redfish are fair to good on the Estes Flats on mullet and crabs.

PORT ARANSAS Redfish are fair to good at East Flats on gold spoons and Gulps. Black drum are good in the deep channels on crabs and finger mullet.

CORPUS CHRISTI Trout are fair to good on the edge of the spoils on Gulps and live shrimp. Black drum and redfish are fair to good in the Packery Channel on crabs and finger mullet. Sheepshead are good on shrimp around rocks and reefs.

BAFFIN BAY Trout are fair to good in sand and grass guts on Bass Assassins, Gamblers and Corkies. Black drum are good in the Land Cut on crabs.

PORT MANSFIELD Trout are fair to good on soft plastics around sand and grass. Redfish are fair to good while drifting pot holes on Gulps and scented baits. Black drum and redfish are good on crabs at East Cut.

SOUTH PADRE Trout are fair around the spoil islands, channel edges and color changes on DOA Shrimp, Gulps and live shrimp. Black drum, sheepshead and redfish are fair at the jetty on shrimp.

PORT ISABEL Trout and redfish are fair to good on the flats on soft plastics and Gulps. Redfish are fair in South Bay on DOA Shrimp and live shrimp.

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Will Leschper is founder of The Texas Outdoor Digest. He has been recognized for Excellence in Craft by the Outdoor Writers Association of America and the Texas Outdoor Writers Association. He is Conservation Editor of Texas Fish & Game Magazine and is a regular contributor to the Journal of the Texas Trophy Hunters, in addition to writing for plenty of of now-defunct publications.

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