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Summer’s Supreme Surf Fishing

Follow the ‘green water’ to the coast to wade into July’s saltwater action.

There’s no better time of year than summer to rise well before the sun and head to the beach for some surf fishing. Saltwater fishing pros tell us that southeast winds blow “green water” that’s clearer than usual to the Texas beach during that time, offering ideal opportunities to catch several sought-after species such as flounder, speckled trout and red drum.

Bring a friend! It’s more entertaining and safer to share a memory-making coastal fishing trip with a buddy. Who else is going to back up your “one that got away” stories?

Timing plays an important role in surf fishing safety and success. Don’t just pick a time when the wind’s been blowing from the southeast for a few days; wait for it to calm down again and then surf-fish the high tide. Don’t waste a moment — that is exactly the time for best results. The fish like calmer water as much as you do.

When we say early, we mean super-early. You’ve got to get your line in the surf while it's still dark to catch the fish that swim closest to the beach before dawn. Try a topwater lure as the sun comes up to take advantage of early action.

As the morning heats up, you’ll have to follow the fish out into the surf, so be sure to wear a life jacket as well as appropriate clothing and accessories: lightweight pants, hat, sunglasses. Remember that the waves will steal anything you don’t have attached. Be sure to shuffle your feet to avoid stepping on stingrays.

Look for structure — jetties, rocks and sandbars — then cast out far, let your lure sink and bring it back along the bottom. Try soft plastics and weighted jigs.

If you’re lucky enough to catch some keepers, tie a slip knot in a rope and let it out to keep your stringer away from you. 

 TPWD Staff;   Sonja Sommerfeld | TPWD

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