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April 20, 2011

Top Texas Trout

To trout fishermen, the Texas coast means 300 miles of trophy water.

Texas Trout

troutPrime time for Texas trophy trout is also a lean time for live bait. Common trophy-trout live baits are piggy perch (grunts), mullet and shrimp; however, artificials prove more successful than live bait when targeting spring sows.

Rods: 6- to 71/2-foot light-action spinning or casting rod.

Reels: 14- to 20-pound-class bait caster or spinning reel sized to rod.

Lines: 8- to 20-pound monofilament, fluorocarbon or braid.

Leaders: When fishing around jetties or submerged reefs, 1 foot of 20-pound fluorocarbon leader. On grass flats or sand pockets, no leader is needed.

Lures: Topwaters, diving plugs and soft-plastics.

What: Texas trophy trout.

When: Mid-December to mid-March.

Where: Sabine Lake to the Lower Laguna Madre.

Who: It pays to enlist a local expert to get started on a trophy-trout quest.


UPPER COAST
Capt. Paul Marcaccio
281-788-4041
www.gofishgalveston.com

MIDCOAST
Capt. Sally Moffett
361-205-0624
www.captainsally.com

BAFFIN BAY
Capt. Aubrey Black
210-355-5091
www.captblack.com

LOWER LAGUNA MADRE
Capt. Bruce Shuler
281-380-0708
www.getawayadventureslodge.com