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April 12, 2014

Chester Moore column: Bank hot spots have great value

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PORT ARTHUR — McFaddin Beach

Location: Off of Highway 87 past Sabine Pass

Species: Redfish

Lure/Baits: Live croaker, mullet or whole crab

Best Season/Time: On high tides during the summer and fall.

Lower Neches Wildlife Management Area (West Side)

Location: Highway 87 between Bridge City and Port Arthur

Species: Redfish

Lure/Baits: Cut and live mullet, dead shrimp

Best Season/Time: Summer and fall on outgoing tides

GALVESTON AREA

Rollover Pass

Location: Highway 87 between High Island and Port Bolivar

Species: Flounder

Lure/Baits: Live mud minnows

Best Season/Time: Fall and Spring

Bolivar Pocket

Location: Off of Highway 87 near the jetties

Species: Speckled trout

Lures/Baits: Topwaters and silver spoons

Best Season/Time: Summer during early morning hours on high tides is good as is late, calm evenings

MIDCOAST

Lighthouse Beach & Bird Sanctuary

Location: 700 Lighthouse Beach Drive, Port Lavaca

Species: Redfish

Lure/Baits: Crab

Best Season/Time: On the last half of rising tides.

Copano Bay Bridge

Location: FM 136, Bayside

Species: Speckled trout, flounder, sheepshead

Lure/Baits: Soft plastic shrimp and shad imitations and live mud minnows

Best Season/Time: The fishing tends to be best on outgoing tides. Summer and fall

Mustang Island State Park

Location: SH 361 Port Aransas

Species: Redfish

Lure/Baits: Live mullet, croaker, Gulp! Crabs and cracked crabs

Best Season/Time: High tides during summer and fall

JFK Causeway

Location: At Humble Channel in Corpus Christi

Species: Black drum

Lure/Baits: Dead shrimp, sea lice

Best Season/Time: Spring, Winter

Highway 188

Location: At Port Bay in Rockport

Species: Redfish

Lure/Baits: Cracked crab, cut mullet

Best Times: Look for high tides in summer and fall to provide the best fishing.

Foley Reserve Park

Location: East Bayshore/Palacios

Species: Flounder

Lure/Baits: Live mud minnows

Best Times: First hour of falling and last hour of rising tides in spring and fall

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