Year-round fisherman migrate to the Texas Gulf to fish for big trout and experience the adrenaline of shallow water red fish strikes. For the last 20 plus years, Captain Joe Mendez has been leading light tackle adventures out of Corpus Christi, Laguna Madre, Baffin Bay and whatever other spot is hot. Here is a list of the lures that Captain Joe recommends for both red fish and big trout.
Soft Plastic Lures for Shallow and Deep Water
With just one hook and ease moving through the weeds, soft plastic lures are a favorite of Captain Joe for both site casting red fish and structure fishing for big trout. Not only are the lures easy to use (they don't get stuck in the weeds) but they are also known to produce big fish and exiting strikes.
Recommended brands of soft plastic lures are Bass Assassins, Gambler Lures and Berkeley.
Pluggin' Along on Top of the Water
Conditions permitting, fishing the flats with a top water plug and light tackle can be about as exciting as it gets for a fisherman. The downside is that floating plugs do not do well in the floating grass that is common through the prime fishing spots in the Texas Gulf. If the conditions are right, fishing the top of the water with a plug can provide memories that will last a lifetime.
According to Captain Joe, Mirrolure leads the way in top water plugs. His favorites areTop Dog, Catch 5 and Catch 2000.
Fishing With a Golden Spoon
When the conditions aren't right for a top water plug and the soft plastics aren't doing the job, Captain Joe breaks out a golden spoon to do his dirty work in the Texas Gulf. The flash of the spoon can get attention when other baits don't, so it can be more effective in dark or cloudy water. If you choose a weedless version, spoons can be almost as easy to fish as a plastic bait and just as effective.
Captain Joe uses Johnson ¼-inch and ½-inch weedless spoons, depending on the conditions.
Article Written By Mati Bishop
Mati Bishop has been a freelance writer since 1999. He has been published in "Hawaii Skin Diver Magazine," the "Hawaii Wellness Directory," "Kailua-Kaneohe Sunpress" and a collection of Web sites. Bishop studied journalism at Windward Community College on Oahu, Hawaii.