Weekly Coleto Creek Trip – you can still catch a good one shallow.

After watching the weather I decided last night to go to Coleto Creek today.  About 4:30 a pretty good storm blew through and woke me up.  The alarm rang at 5:30 and I immediately looked outside, it was raining lightly, so I called up the weather radar which showed the worst was by and headed to Houston.

I got to the lake about 7:30, a slow start, and headed up to one of my favorite places to start, the coves right past the bridge.  I figured buzzbait was a good choice early, and I started off with it.  I caught 4 or 5 in those couple of coves, nothing big, but they were aggressive.  So next it was up lake even further.

Once you round the bend and head up the “river” it starts to get off colored.  I was not sure that they would hit it in that water, but they were cooperative up there.  I fished the right side going up and ended up catching 8 or 10 with  a couple of good ones.  There were several like this one, but just could not get the big one to bite.  A little clearing and it will be game on.  It takes a lot of time to download and edit clips, so I am keeping them short.  So here is one for the fun of it.

As you head up it gets muddier and muddier.  So  I eased back down to the large cove on the left, the last one up there, and managed only 2 in there.  But as usual, the big gator who lives there was cruising around, and for some reason I did not get a bite on the bank he was on.  I have always wondered if it makes a difference or not, but it seems to.

The sun was out full blast now so I decided to fish that swimming jig way up in the muddy water.  It was really chocolate way up, but I decided to give it a go anyway.  I managed to catch 3 up there swimming it.  The bites were not in cover, who needs cover when the water is the color of mud.  1 was small, 1 was ok, and then this one decided to eat it.

I’ll take one like this any day.

The last few trip to Coleto have shown me one thing, while fishing is good, the real nice fish have come swimming and flipping the jig.  And for me, the black/blue had definitely been the best.  Also, the better fish are coming where there is some color to the water.  It seems like when it is real clear, as the lower end is right now, the jig is not the bait of choice.  And of course for me that means a buzzbait right now.

At this point the wind was blowing like mad, they said 20 -30 mph, and they were right.  It always puzzles me that when they forecast 5 – 10 they are always wrong, but when it is 20+ they always get it right, of well, we take what we are given and do the best with it we can.  So I decided to head to another cove and continue buzzbait fishing.

I managed about 5 or so more, but just could not catch another good one.  I hit one more cove and the same results, small ones.  This was one of those days when I should have fished something different, but at this point the wind was blowing hard, and I just did not have it in me.  So I decided to call it a day early, something I usually do not do, but with plans to fish at least 2 or 3 more days this week, it is not like I have to fish until I drop.

Coleto is clearly on the rise, looks like at least another foot in the lake.  It is setting up nicely with all the green grass surrounding the shoreline that is about to be covered.  I also notice that when I threw the Strike King KVD 1.5 I was catching nice new grass which has really taken off.  As the lake slowly rises and covers the grass it is about to be good.  I have heard some good reports on plastics in 10 -15 feet, and that will be coming on strong as we head to summer.  But the great thing about Coleto, there is always multiple ways to catch fish, and that is why I love to fish it.  And of course my biggest problem is, I love to watch them smack it.

So thanks for stopping by.  I really appreciate all of you who do.  I wish I could answer all of your comments but it has just become to many  to manage.  I never thought in my wildest dreams that we would have such a huge readership.  But never the less, keep those comments and suggestions coming, I read them all.  And if there is something you would like me to add, or write about, drop me a line.  So if this crazy March wind will die it is off to the coast tomorrow.  I owe those trout one!

And one last word, you will see me with the buff on everyday now.  After a trip to the dermatologist I have the pleasure of burning off several layers of pre-cancerous skin and am supposed to stay out of the sun for 2 weeks.  So it is 85 spf and a buff covering my whole face for the time being.  So wear your sunscreen, it may save you the $800 for the medicine, a burnt face, and maybe even worse.

Good Luck and Tight Lines.

About Redfishlaw

I am a retired attorney who just loves to fish. I was a freshwater guide for about 20 years and now have moved to the salt. I am not the greatest fisherman, but I am committed. So if you love fishing, and want to learn what little I have to offer, stop by anytime.
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