JANUARY 2020 FEATURED ARTICLE
ACE IN THE HOLE GUIDE SERVICES (HUNTING AND FISHING)
Call Capt. Brent Hopkins to Reserve: 361-534-4007
REELING IN A NEW DECADE OF GREAT FISHING!
January and February are great months for spending time on the bays fishing in the Texas Coastal Bend! Typically January temperatures can make the fish a little sluggish, but once the sun gets high in the sky – they start moving around and the fishing fires up! In fact most days in January are sunny and bright and most definitely, you can still catch fish! Dressing for the weather is always important but some days you can be in a light jacket and feel great! The bays – under the deep blue skies – are stunning and beautiful!
Speaking of weather, down in South Texas, January and February are mild when compared to other places up north and can be quite pleasant in fact – so don’t let the word “winter” spoil or stop your fishing trips. Daytime temps average around 65 degrees for the highs, and the lows around 50 degrees at night – that’s not too bad! Unless it’s a really harsh cold front pushing through accompanied with high winds, you’re going to do well – so get out on the water for a great day outdoors!
With little to no boat traffic, fishing during winter is a lot nicer than one might expect. For both trout and reds, fish the areas close to deep water. Darker bottoms such as a mud/shell or mud/grass bay bottoms should also be your preferred choice of areas in which to choose your fishing spots. (Fish tend to hold to these type of bottoms during winter because the darker bottoms hold more heat than light colored bottoms such as sand.) The presence of baitfish in the area you choose to fish is also a must during this time of year.
While trout fishing, artificial baits work best during this month, if you like to wade, but both artificial and live bait will work for reds if that’s the species you seek. Only thing to keep in mind though is to slow your retrieve down while using artificial baits. If you prefer fishing with live bait, you still need to slow it down, or fish on bottom with some kind of weight. Typically though, while fishing on bottom, you’re not going to catch too many trout if trout is what you’re seeking.
Winter is an interesting and unique time of the year here. We start seeing lots of birds due to the cold weather up north and there’s a peacefulness that exists all around as the Winter Texans settle-in for our mild winters. As a matter of fact, there are so many birds that Rockport-Fulton is world-renowned for the huge variety of birds that winter here with us. Lots of places to visit, hiking abounds, kayakers love the calm waters and the dolphins still play in the channels and surf. Rockport offers a smorgasbord of great dining and shopping opportunities as well, so don’t let the weather stop you from coming as it’s beautiful here in winter. Somedays you only need a light jacket and the children never tire from all there is to see and do! Bring the family for a wintertime excursion and adventure!
Please visit my site so you can learn more about your trip and the services I provide. I know you’ll have an enjoyable day outdoors here in the Rockport area. One final note…. hope everyone has a Happy New Year and God bless us all, because if it was not for him, we would have nothing.
Until next time,
Remember when the cards are down and the bet is called, you have your Ace in the Hole.
Capt. Brent Hopkins, MB 361-534-4007