JULY 2019 FEATURED ARTICLE
by Capt. Brad Reininger, Rockport Bay Fishing Charters
SUMMER TRANSITIONS MEAN FANTASTIC FISHING!!
This is Summer… and the fishing is influenced by the air, water, tides and season change as the summer solstice approaches. We are looking at increased air and water temperatures as they are the signatures of the transition from spring to summer along the Texas Coastal areas. When air temperature consistently reaches into the high 80’s or low 90’s, the water temperature will rise quite rapidly. Once the water temperature climbs above 70 degrees, fish begin entering a predictable summer pattern. This change doesn’t just happen overnight.
The transition from spring to summer patterns takes weeks, but in order to be successful during this transition period, fishing enthusiasts need to have a good understanding of both spring and summer behaviors in order to know how to adapt as the conditions slowly begin changing.
Fish behavior begins to change with the temperature change during the relatively cool spring months and they spend the majority of their time over soft muddy bottoms. Unlike winter months, when they are generally hugging the “muddy” bay floors, springtime brings them up and into the shallow waters. As the water warms, they begin to move over and around the cooler “sandy bottoms” by mid to late spring. This will continue on through summer and into fall.
The time of day fish are found at various depths will also begin to change. During winter and early spring, fish are most often deeper early and moving into the shallows as the sun warms the water. During late spring and into summer this pattern reverses itself and fish will be found shallow early and will move deeper as the day wears on. This all has to do with water temperature.
In the winter and early spring sunlight is necessary to make the shallow water warm enough to be comfortable during late spring and summer extended sunlight can make skinny water unbearable especially for trout. The next few weeks and in general – are some of the best times to find fish in shallow or moderate depths… all day long! This traditional period sees the water warm enough for fish to be on the flats early but not so unbearable that they have to vacate the shallow during midday.
This near ideal water temperature combined with subsiding winds offers great sight casting opportunities too! Fish begins to move over sandy areas they become much easier to spot than when they are working over muddy or grassy bottoms. When the sizzling month wears on, the temperatures continue to climb and the fish will spend less time in the shallow water and more time in mid-depths to deeper to stay cool. Fish may spend the hottest part of the day in deeper depths.
Late spring period into mid-summer is a time when transitional areas such as edges and drop-offs take on a greater importance as fish tend to linger in these areas while moving from shallow to deep. Thanks for reading my article and let me know if you want to reserve a trip with me! I specialize in several fishing techniques and families with children are always welcome!! Have an awesome month!!