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Thread: Galveston Salt in April

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    Default Galveston Salt in April

    Hello all,

    I'll be in Houston on easter weekend and I plan on heading somewhere to fish. Is Galveston a good place to hit the salt during that time? What's the target fish at that time?

    Thanks!

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    Default Re: Galveston Salt in April

    No one on this?


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    Default Re: Galveston Salt in April

    I have no experience in that area, but from what I've read, they do catch a variety of fish there. Redfish & Seatrout (Weakfish), as well as Flounder seem to be common targets. April should be a good time to be there.
    Remember, no one likes to be behind the big truck, but that's better than being under it!

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    Default Re: Galveston Salt in April

    I grew up in Galveston I can try to help. Will you have a boat, kayak, or just wading in? Wanting to book a guide or DIY?

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    I'm wading in and doing it on my own unless a forum member from that area wants to join.


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    First challenge will be the crowds. By then we are warm and lots of people head to the island for fishing and fun. So expect lost of folks.

    Surf is a very iffy proposition, seldom good in the spring and vacationers will be there too.

    If you are staying on the island try anywhere at night under the lights. Flashy streamers are good here.

    Try the "lagoon" at the far east end of the island. Redfish and flounder are best targets. Clousers, SeaDucers and BendBacks in blends of Yellow, Chartruese, Reds, browns. Bring insect repellent as mosquitos can be an issue.

    Galveston Island State Park have way down the island is a good place to try also. Again expect crowds but you may run into other "fly guys" who can help you.

    8wt med fast with salt water taper is combination of first choice. 12-15# tippets Keep you flies close to the grass. Fish rising or falling tides.

    When around the grass watch out for rattle snakes as they will be active then, don't be scared but cautious. If you wade (best way for visiting angler) understand stingrays are everywhere so always always always slide your feet when wading.

    Good shops in Houston are; Fishing Tackle Unlimited , I Fly both have great people and supplies for fly fisherman.

    Good luck,

    Pete A.

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    Default Re: Galveston Salt in April

    What about kayaking out a little ways? Also, I didn't know that rattle snakes were that close to the ocean. I thought they stayed more inland. What type of rattle snakes are there, mainly? Diamondback?


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    Try: texaskayakfisherman.com lots of info there from lots of 'yakers. Might even get a trip set with some locals.

    Lots of people use kayaks all over the bays and into the surf. The surf is more for live/dead bait for reds, sharks and such. Bays here work great for 'yaks.

    Again Easter weekend is a very high traffic time so plan on seeing boats and other fisherman close. I typically stay at home Easter, Memorial Day, 4th, Labor Day as bays/rivers/lakes are crowded.

    I like mine for transportation then get out and wade fish.

    Rattlesnakes are where ever there is land and in the salt grass. common in the dune area and salt marshes. Not trying to spook you but to be aware.

    Same places I mentioned are good starting points with a 'yak and have fish.

    Pete A.

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    That sounds quite awesome! What all species of fish could I get into down there?


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    Default Re: Galveston Salt in April

    Most sought after with a fly rod are redfish and "spec's" (spotted weakfish). Flounder often when fly fishing for reds. Occasionally a marauding Jack Crevalle (jackfish) show up.

    Pete A.

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