Gulf Coast Fisherman Magazine Vol 41; No. 4 - FALL 2017 - Page 14

Port Isabel , Texas to Eugene Island , Louisiana Wells Forecast Adjustment Times
Tide Table Adjustment Times
Western Gulf Flounder
( Continued from page 7 .)
“ Our flounder will start staging , getting ready to run , in late September and early October ,” said Sabine Lake guide Capt . Randy Foreman . “ They don ’ t leave the lake until November , but they ’ ll be moving up ( shallow ) and feeding , getting themselves ready to go . So , we have good flounder fishing early in the fall , but flounder fishing will be really good during November . The fish will start migrating out to the Gulf the first two weeks of November .”
The lower Texas Coast will also see increased flounder fishing action in the fall .
“ Throughout most of the year , we ’ ll be catching flounder on the flats ,” said Mahl . “ But , flounder will start getting thick in little secondary channels during late summer and fall , then they ’ ll start moving out later in the fall . Again , every single month we ’ re catching flounder , but they are much easier to target in the fall . You know if you catch one flounder in the fall , there are a lot more around in that same area .”
“ Yeah , fall is when they load up certain areas ,” agreed Ellis . “ They will get in shallower and shallower water on the shorelines and you can catch more of them quicker in the fall months . You also want to look for passes and bay drainage areas in the channels – little drain areas off the bankline . Remember , flounder love moving water on top of them . A lot of times they bury on the bottom and won ’ t come out unless they are going to eat . So any moving water you find , will usually have more active flounder .
“ Later in the fall they will group up around jetties . The first few northers will trigger the run – not necessarily the temperature , but the fronts will move a lot more water through those passes and trigger them to start moving .”
Galveston guide Capt . Greg Verm will also be looking for drainage areas when targeting fall flounder .
“ We will be fishing all of the passes from drains that drain to bayous , bayous that drain to bays , and bays that drain to Gulf ,” said Verm . “ It is a staging game and process . You will find most of the flounder staging in front of these drains .”
Foreman says he ’ ll see a similar pattern in the fall on Sabine Lake .
“ These fish will be staging on the points and eddies along the Louisiana shoreline and near the ship channel ,” Foreman said . “ They ’ ll be feeding on shrimp , mullet and pogies . A lot of people think flounder don ’ t like sand . But , when
( Continued on page 32 .)

W E S T

ROCKPORT AREA Rockport Basin .......................... +: 15 Copano Causeway ..................... +: 45 Halfmoon Reef .......................... +: 30 Cedar Bayou ............................... - : 10 Blackjack Point .......................... +: 50 CORPUS CHRISTI Aransas Pass Jetties .................... - : 30 Hog Island .................................. - : 10 Dagger Island .......................... Same Long Reef .................................. +: 40 Nueces Bay Causeway ............ + 1:15 Padre Island Causeway ............ + 1:15 LAGUNA MADRE Baffin Bay / Canal ..................... Same Starvation Point ......................... +: 30 Land Cut ( north ) ........................ +: 40 Land Cut ( south ) ...................... + 1:40 Port Mansfield Basin ................. +: 30 Arroyo Colorado Cut ............... + 1:20 Brazos Santiago Jetties ............... - : 10 Queen Isabella Causeway .......... +: 20 Rio Grande Mouth ................... Same MATAGORDA AREA Colorado River Mouth ................ - : 40 Colorado River Locks ............... +: 10 Dog Island Reef .......................... - : 10 Greens Bayou ............................. - : 30 Palacios .................................... Same Carancahua Bay ......................... +: 50 Sand Point .................................. +: 50 Noble Point .............................. + 1:30 Powderhorn Lake Entrance ....... +: 20 Port O ’ Connor " little " Jetties ...... - : 10 Matagorda Ship Channel Jetties . - : 40 Army Hole ............................... Same San Antonio Bay / Canal ............. +: 40

G U L F

Port Isabel , Texas to Eugene Island , Louisiana Wells Forecast Adjustment Times

FREEPORT AREA Christmas Pt . -Bastrop Bay ...... Same Bastrop Bayou / Canal .................. - : 10 Rattlesnake Pt . -Drum Bay ......... +: 50 Oyster Creek / Canal ................... +: 20 Brazos River / Canal ..................... - : 15 San Bernard / Canal ...................... - : 30 Freeport Jetties ........................... - : 45 Caney Creek / Canal .................... +: 10 GALVESTON BAY AREA Texas City Dike / End ............... Same Red Fish Bar .............................. +: 30 Clear Lake Entrance .................. +: 45 Cedar Point / Trinity Bay .......... + 1:10 Rollover Pass-East Bay .............. - : 50 Robinson Bayou-East Bay .......... - : 20 Bolivar Roads-Galveston ........... - : 20 North Jetty Boat Pass ................. - : 50 Galveston Causeway ................. +: 10 South Deer Isl . -West Bay .......... +: 30 Carancahua Reef-West Bay ....... +: 50 Alligator Head-West Bay .......... +: 10 San Luis Pass Bridge .................. - : 50 VERMILION BAY AREA Freshwater Bayou ....................... - : 30 Vermilion Pass ( S . W .) ................ - : 50 Weeks Bay .................................. - : 30 CALCASIEU LAKE AREA Calcasieu Pass ............................ - : 60 Calcasieu River / Canal ............... +: 30 Lake Charles ............................ + 1:10 Mermentau River ........................ - : 40 SABINE AREA Sabine Pass-Texas Pt . ................. - : 45 Mesquite Pt . Bridge .................... - : 30 Sidney Island-West Pt . ............ Same West Pass-Sabine River ............. +: 15 Intracoastal at Cutoff Isl . ........... +: 45
To adjust for your fishing area , add (+) or subtract ( - ) hours and minutes shown above for the area you plan to fish from the Forecast time . No attempt should be made to compare the time of high or low tide , shown below , to the times of current presented in the Fishing Forecast .

Tide Table Adjustment Times

HIGH LOW Eugene Island ................ -0:25 -2:03 Pt . Au Fer ...................... -: 21 -2:26 Shell Island .................. + 0:54 -0:39 Pt . Chevreuil ............... + 1:02 -0:54 South Pt . Marsh I . ......... -0:19 -1:57 SW Pass , Vermilion ..... -0:32 -0:33 Mermentau River Ent . .. -1:54 -0:59 Calcasieu Pass Lt .......... -2:14 -1:24 Sabine Pass .................. -1:00 -1:15 Mesquite Point .............. -0:04 -0.25 Galveston Channel ............ as shown Eagle Pt . ....................... + 3:54 + 4:15 Clear Lake .................. + 6:05 + 6:40
HIGH LOW Gilchrist , East Bay ...... + 3:16 + 4:18 Jamaica Bch , W Bay ... + 2:38 + 3:31 Alligator Pt , West Bay . + 2:39 + 2:33 Christmas Point .......... + 2:32 + 2:31 Galveston Pleas . Pier .... -1:06 -1:06 San Luis Pass ............. -0:09 -0:09 Freeport Harbor ............. -0:44 -1:02 Pass Cavallo .................... 0:00 -1:20 Aransas Pass .................. -0:03 -1:31 Padre I . ( So . End ) .......... -0:24 -1:45 Port Isabel ..................... + 1:02 -0:42 ( Port O ’ Connor tides found at http :// gulffishing . com / POCtides . html )
The daily tide tables are to be used only as a depth of water guide and have no correlation to the maximum times of current . To adjust for your fishing area , add (+) hours / minutes or deduct ( -) hours / minutes shown above to the times of high or low as indicated by the tide tables .
Note : Forecast and Tide Tables have been adjusted for DST , as appropriate .
14 G U L F C O A S T F I S H E R M A N W W W . G U L F F I S H I N G . C O M
Western Gulf Flounder (Continued from page 7.) “Our flounder will start staging, getting ready to run, in late September and early October,” said Sabine Lake guide Capt. Randy Foreman. “They don’t leave the lake until November, but they’ll be moving up (shallow) and feeding, getting themselves ready to go. So, we have good flounder fishing early in the fall, but flounder fishing will be really good during November. The fish will start migrating out to the Gulf the first two weeks of November.” The lower Texas Coast will also see increased flounder fishing action in the fall. “Throughout most of the year, we’ll be catching flounder on the flats,” said Mahl. “But, flounder will start getting thick in little secondary channels during late summer and fall, then they’ll start moving out later in the fall. Again, every single month we’re catching flounder, but they are much easier to target in the fall. You know if you catch one flounder in the fall, there are a lot more around in that same area.” “Yeah, fall is when they load up certain areas,” agreed Ellis. “They will get in shallower and shallower water on the shorelines and you can catch more of them quicker in the fall months. You also want to look for passes and bay drainage areas in the channels – little drain areas off the bankline. Remember, flounder love moving water on top of them. A lot of times they bury on the bottom and won’t come out unless they are going to eat. So any moving water you find, will usually have more active flounder. “Later in the fall they will group up around jetties. The first few northers will trigger the run – not necessarily the temperature, but the fronts will move a lot more water through those passes and trigger them to start moving.” Galveston guide Capt. Greg Verm will also be looking for drainage areas when targeting fall flounder. “We will be fishing all of the passes from drains that drain to bayous, bayous that drain to bays, and bays that drain to Gulf,” said Verm. “It is a staging game and process. You will find most of the flounder staging in front of these drains.” Foreman says he’ll see a similar pattern in the fall on Sabine Lake. “These fish will be staging on the points and eddies along the Louisiana shoreline and near the ship channel,” Foreman said. “They’ll be feeding on shrimp, mullet and pogies. A lot of people think flounder don’t like sand. But, when (Continued on page 32.) 14 G U L F C O A S T F I S H E R M A N W E S T G U L F Port Isabel, Texas to Eugene Island, Louisiana Wells Forecast Adjustment Times ROCKPORT AREA Rockport Basin .......................... +:15 Copano Causeway ..................... +:45 Halfmoon Reef .......................... +:30 Cedar Bayou ............................... -:10 Blackjack Point .......................... +:50 CORPUS CHRISTI Aransas Pass Jetties .................... -:30 Hog Island .................................. -:10 Dagger Island .......................... Same Long Reef .................................. +:40 Nueces Bay Causeway ............ +1:15 Padre Island Causeway ............ +1:15 LAGUNA MADRE Baffin Bay/Canal ..................... Same Starvation Point ......................... +:30 Land Cut (north) ........................ +:40 Land Cut (south) ...................... +1:40 Port Mansfield Basin ................. +:30 Arroyo Colorado Cut ............... +1:20 Brazos Santiago Jetties ............... -:10 Queen Isabella Causeway .......... +:20 Rio Grande Mouth ................... Same MATAGORDA AREA Colorado River Mouth ................ -:40 Colorado River Locks ............... +:10 Do \[YY NLܙY[^[H N[X[ [YB\[ZXH^H ΍L[[ ΍L؛H[ N\ܛZH[[H Όܝ&Pۛ܈]H]Y\ NLX]YܙH\[[]Y\ N \^HH [YB[[ۚ[^K[[ ΍ QTԕTPB\X\ P\^H [YB\^[K[[ NL]\ۘZH Q[H^H ΍L\\ܙYZ[[ Ό^]\[[ NMB[\\ [[ NY\ܝ]Y\ N B[^HܙYZ[[ ΌLSTӈVHTPB^\]HZK[ [YBY\\ ΌX\ZH[[H ΍ BY\[ []H^H NLݙ\\QX\^H NLؚ[ۈ^[KQX\^H N]\YQ[\ۈ Nܝ]H]\ NL[\ۈ]\]^H ΌL]Y\\ U\^H Ό\[ZXHYYU\^H ΍L[Y]܈XY U\^H ΌL[Z\\YH NLTRSSӈVHTPB\]\^[H N\Z[[ۈ\ ˕ˊH NLYZ^H NSTQUHRHTPB[\Y]H\ N[\Y]H]\[[ ΌZH\\ NLY\Y[]H]\ N PSHTPBX[H\U^\ N BY\]Z]H YH NY^H\[ U\ [YB\\TX[H]\ ΌMB[X\[]]ٙ\ ΍ BY\܈[\\[\XKY H܈XX JH\[Z[]\ۈXݙH܈B\XH[H[\HHܙX\[YK][\[HXYH\\HH[YBوY܈YKۈ[H[Y\و\[\[Y[H\[ܙX\ YHXHY\Y[[Y\’QQ‘]Y[H\[ LH L ” ]H\ NH L[\[ M LB ]]Z[ N LM] X\K LNH LNM”\\Z[[ۈ L̈ L“Y\Y[]H]\[ LNM LNB[\Y]H\ LM LNX[H\ LN  LNMBY\]Z]H[ L  L B[\ۈ[[ \ۂXYH ΍M MBX\ZH ͎ H ͎ [\ X\^H ΌM N[XZXH ^H ̎ ΌB[Y]܈ \^K ̎H ̎\X\[ ̎̈ ̎B[\ۈX\ˈY\ LN LN [Z\\ LH LBY\ܝ\܈ L  LN \][   LN\[\\ L LNBYHK ˈ[ H L LN Bܝ\X[ N L ܝ&Pۛ܈Y\[][\[˘KY\˚[ BHZ[HYHX\\HH\YۛH\H\و]\ZYH[]Hܜ[][ۈBX^[][H[Y\و\[ Y\܈[\\[\XKY H\Z[]\܈YX JH\Z[]\ۈXݙHH[Y\وY܈\[X]YHHYHX\˂NܙX\[YHX\]HY[Y\Y܈ \\X]KˈHHHˈ