The Beachcomber Fishing Report

By Phillip Houston of The Dawn Patrol


The holiday season is here! Please don’t forget to take some time for yourself and get out on the water. Fishing this time of the year is worth it. There is nothing better than some fresh seafood in your holiday dinner plans.


Inshore fishing is staying on the steady rise. The flounder bite is getting hotter every day. Your ideal situation is to get some live bull minnows and hit some inshore bottom spots. Be ready this time of the year for flounder, trout, redfish and black drum. Check a little further offshore for some catches of amberjack, grouper, vermillion snapper or scamp.


Bay fishing is still steady with catches of trout, redfish, sheephead and flounder. Baits of choice in the bay vary for your target species, so be prepared. You never know what the day will bring. If it’s flounder you’re looking for, stay with live bull minnows. But don’t be afraid of using artificial bait as well, like belly strips, DOA lures.


Berkely gulps work great. Redfish will be caught on live shrimp, pinfish or croakers. My favorite is the live croakers. Fish these live baits with Carolina rigs on the bottom around deepwater bridges, docks and channels. Looking for trout?  You’ll generally find them back in the bayous around deepwater boat docks, bridges and wherever you can find deep holes. Fish for trout with the same bait as redfish.


Look to do some pier, bridge or surf fishing as the weather gets colder.  Look for fast action with the winter bonitas showing up. When they do, its generally in large numbers. Always be on the lookout for birds, as typically underneath them, you’ll see them crashing the baits on top of the water.


White jigs, spoons and bubble rigs seem to work the best. If you’re looking to do a little surf fishing, the action will consist of redfish, black drum and whiting—however, it’s not uncommon to catch a pompano as well.


Have a great holiday season. We’ll see you out on the water!


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