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#12552862 - 12/27/17 10:49 AM Need help on reds, specs, and flounder
Zach Starling Offline
Extreme Angler

Registered: 09/03/09
Posts: 1921
Loc: Lake Tawakoni
I've tried fishing for these fish but coming from fresh water. I'm not sure where to really look for these fish and how to fish for them this time of year. Thought about maybe hitting some jettys with live shrimp or croaker this weekend around Freeport area. Been trying to catch these fish since I've been in houston (6-7 months). Any help is appreciated! Been trying to learn to wade fish them but absolutely no results

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#12553039 - 12/27/17 01:05 PM Re: Need help on reds, specs, and flounder [Re: Zach Starling]
Pat Goff Offline
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Registered: 01/29/05
Posts: 5392
Loc: Marble Falls/Seadrift
If it stays cold trout will stack up in rivers and canals.
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#12553071 - 12/27/17 01:30 PM Re: Need help on reds, specs, and flounder [Re: Zach Starling]
karstopo Offline
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Registered: 05/22/16
Posts: 403
Loc: Brazoria County
Freeport is tough for a wade fisherman. Not an abundance of wade friendly spots that you can walk into. Where have you tried?

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#12553172 - 12/27/17 03:04 PM Re: Need help on reds, specs, and flounder [Re: Zach Starling]
Zach Starling Offline
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Registered: 09/03/09
Posts: 1921
Loc: Lake Tawakoni
Mainly just where I crab at witch is surfside I guess. On Google maps it's at the end of amigo ln. Was thinking about hitting slp this weekend and fishing close to the bridge or hitting some jettys

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#12553173 - 12/27/17 03:06 PM Re: Need help on reds, specs, and flounder [Re: Zach Starling]
Zach Starling Offline
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Registered: 09/03/09
Posts: 1921
Loc: Lake Tawakoni
Lol I can catch plenty of big blue crab. Catch up to about 5 dozen from 6-7.5in mainly

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#12553277 - 12/27/17 04:25 PM Re: Need help on reds, specs, and flounder [Re: Zach Starling]
karstopo Offline
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Registered: 05/22/16
Posts: 403
Loc: Brazoria County
Yes, thatís Christmas Bay. I have kayaked fished there a bunch over the years. Thereís good speckled trout at times right out in front of Amigo lane and flounder (warmer times of year) on the shoreline moving towards Churchill. Topwaters like skitterwalks or spooks are good for searching the trout out. This time of year, I really look for bait, any bait, and especially mullet flipping. Then toss over a tail like a DSL and working it slow or a suspending plug like a corky.

Itís hard if you are walking in, but folks wade that whole south shoreline. Thereís a bar out pretty far between Amigo and Dolphin lane to the south. Iím not sure how the walk in guys access that area, but itís an interesting area to fish with a shallow gut that parallels the bar. Thereís definitely some good trout out there, but Iíve gotten there in my kayak. I like the north shoreline of Christmas bay, but thatís definitely a boat or kayak trip to get there.

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#12553619 - 12/27/17 08:46 PM Re: Need help on reds, specs, and flounder [Re: Zach Starling]
Zach Starling Offline
Extreme Angler

Registered: 09/03/09
Posts: 1921
Loc: Lake Tawakoni
Really wanna get on the flounder. Such a cool looking fish

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#12553745 - 12/27/17 09:58 PM Re: Need help on reds, specs, and flounder [Re: Zach Starling]
karstopo Offline
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Registered: 05/22/16
Posts: 403
Loc: Brazoria County
I saw a seven pound flounder caught just a few yards from the launch there at Amigo lane. It was summer time and near the grassy shoreline. A lot of flounder are gone out in the gulf now, but they will be back in March or so. That cut, Churchill bayou, is a known flounder spot. Thereís a long pier that extends into Cold Pass just to the north and Iíve done good on flounder there.

Iíve never caught a ton of flounder, but have steadily gotten better at catching them. Sometimes, in the warm season, they will be up right next to the cordgrass breaching and wildly feeding. Thatís a good time to toss what you have on over the spot. I like flies like shrimp flies or crack patterns because flounder have no problem sucking them in and I hardly ever lose a flounder hooked on flies. People like gulp, paddle or rat tails on a jig head tipped with shrimp. Thereís people like Chester Moore and Jantzen Miller (flounder guru) that specialize in catching flounder and seem to dial up the fish at will.

If I canít see where they are, I toss heavier flies around shell reef margins, the openings of marsh drains, pilings, and areas like points with moving water. If they get much deeper than 4 or 5 feet, I have trouble with getting the fly down that deep without switching to sinking fly line. I always liked DSL tails or norton sand eels jr for flounder better than the bigger paddle tails. But I think Flounderguru uses gulp quite a bit.

They are cool fish and I am always happy when I get one. They have a supernatural ability to spit the hook at the net and will often come in all docile until the net appears. My friend once caught a $600 winning flounder in a tournament and we went to the same spot for the next yearís event. Sure enough, he hooked another big fish, 4-5 pounds at least, right where the fish came from a year earlier. I was 25 feet away and saw it all. He couldnít get to his net or it got hung up on something. The big fish came off just as he put the net under the Fish. It teetered on the edge before disappearing into the murk. That year, the flounder pot was more like $1,000 and his fish would have easily beat the winning fish.

Find any material from Chester Moore or Jantzen Miller (flounderguru84) I think thatís his handle, and there are other folks that have really studied the fish and come to understand what works. Watch the teeth. They are guaranteed to draw blood.

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#12553758 - 12/27/17 10:07 PM Re: Need help on reds, specs, and flounder [Re: Zach Starling]
karstopo Offline
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Registered: 05/22/16
Posts: 403
Loc: Brazoria County




Flounder from Drum Bay, right next to Christmas bay.

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