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#11796155 - 08/25/16 10:04 AM Port Aransas Winter Fishing?
Tawakoni Todd Offline
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Registered: 05/10/06
Posts: 182
Loc: Rowlett
Beginner information needed. I have lived in Dallas for 30 years and have been a freshwater fisherman. Very limited salt experience except in the summer chasing culling shrimp boats. Probably moving to Port A in the near future and am clueless to Bay fishing and am wondering how the fishing is inshore during the winter months. I suppose Trout and Reds still eat in the winter but is the bite still decent? I have a 24 foot center console so I doubt I would be willing to leave the Jetties in winter. I know I have a steep learning curve but that's half the fun. ANY COMMENTS APPRECIATED!!
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#11797317 - 08/25/16 08:57 PM Re: Port Aransas Winter Fishing? [Re: Tawakoni Todd]
TOO Offline
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Registered: 06/06/02
Posts: 2809
Loc: San Antonio, Texas USA
The bite along the Coastal Bend will depend on water temps more than anything else. Cold norther weather will push the water out and drop temps, stacking the trout & reds in deep water.

A normal winter will find the game fish sliding into deeper water during cold front weather and as the temps moderate and you get sun, they'll move up on the flats & shallower water.

Consider fishing a bit slower, to real slow, and consider fishing mid-afternoon as the water warms for the day.

I've caught plenty dandy trout in 8"+/- of water in late February in the Laguna Madre system. Water temp was low 70's due to sunny afternoon and a south breeze.

Fish the jetties in the winter for big sheepies and blackies, keeps cabin fever away.
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#11797921 - 08/26/16 08:39 AM Re: Port Aransas Winter Fishing? [Re: Tawakoni Todd]
Grinder55 Offline
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Registered: 08/21/13
Posts: 752
Loc: Rockport, Texas
Fish gotta eat, no matter what season it is.

In fact, some anglers prefer the winter months to fish - not just for table fare, but for Trophy Trout.
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#11798044 - 08/26/16 09:34 AM Re: Port Aransas Winter Fishing? [Re: Tawakoni Todd]
Pat Goff Offline
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Registered: 01/29/05
Posts: 4996
Loc: Marble Falls/Seadrift
I prefer late fall/winter fishing, there's days you avoid, but on the days you can go, it's far superior. Less traffic, easier to pattern, and larger average.
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#11798595 - 08/26/16 01:50 PM Re: Port Aransas Winter Fishing? [Re: Tawakoni Todd]
scott01 Offline
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Registered: 06/07/02
Posts: 12375
Loc: Bedford
caught some awesome trout in late November (Thanksgiving) in Baffin Bay. Plenty of keepers and even some over 30", topwater bite early then lead head and fluke combo mostly. But, live shrimp will catch some too, my cousin prefers live bait, I'm the artificial bait guy, lol. Fishing at night under lights by docks puts plenty in the cooler too. Can't say we've fished deeper than 6', mostly shallower than that.

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#11799667 - 08/27/16 08:35 AM Re: Port Aransas Winter Fishing? [Re: Tawakoni Todd]
Pat Goff Offline
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Registered: 01/29/05
Posts: 4996
Loc: Marble Falls/Seadrift
We try to equate things in nature to ourselves. Fish are cold blooded, they have no idea what cold, or hot is. They are creatures of their environment, and simply do what their instincts tell them. Which is why we lose so many fish during a hard freeze.

Remember, the only thing instinct tells a 30" trout is that their only danger lies out there in the deep water.
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