Pier Fishing Tips and Techniques

General Tips  Fish are migratory. Try different sides of the pier and pay attention to times and weather conditions when you are catching fish. Use a good log book to take notes. Fish the Break Water Watch for birds. Where the gulls or terns are usually so are the fish. Look for cloudy water and […]

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  • January 7, 2018

Freshwater Green Sunfish Identification

Green SunfishLepomis cyanellus    Other names: Goggle-eye, rock bass, branch perchStatus: Texas nongame fishDescriptionThe green sunfish, like warmouth, has a large mouth and a heavy, black bass body shape. The body is dark green, almost blue, dorsally, fading to lighter green on the sides, and yellow to white ventrally. Faint vertical bars are apparent on the sides. […]

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  • January 7, 2018

Spotted Seatrout in Texas!

The spotted seatrout, (Cynoscion nebulosus), commonly called speckled trout, is one of the most popular sport fish along the Texas coast. It occurs in the western Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico, ranging from Massachusetts to the Yucatan peninsula. The fish is a member of the croaker family (Sciaenidae)and is a first cousin to the Atlantic croaker, […]

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  • January 7, 2018

Mackerel: What You Didn’t Know About

A mackerel is any one of a number of different species of fish, mostly in the family Scombridae. They occur in all tropical and temperate seas. Most live offshore in the oceanic environment but a few, like the Spanish mackerel (Scomberomorus maculatus) enter bays and can be caught near bridges and piers. The largest mackerel is the […]

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  • January 7, 2018

Freshwater Redbreast Sunfish Identification

Redbreast SunfishLepomis auritus   Other names: Yellowbelly sunfish, redbreasted breamStatus: Texas nongame fishDescriptionThis sunfish possesses a yellow belly that is sometimes an orange or a rusty color. It might have been better named the longear, as its opercle flap or ear is considerably longer than the opercle flap of the longear sunfish. In adults, the ear often […]

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  • January 7, 2018

Freshwater Redear Sunfish Identification

Redear SunfishLepomis microlophus   Other names: Shellcracker, Georgia bream, cherry gill, sunny, sun perchStatus: Texas nongame fishDescriptionLepomis, the generic name, is Greek and means “scaled gill cover.” The species epithet microlophus is Greek for “small nape.” The redear is a deep-bodied sunfish with a relatively small mouth. Color ranges from dark olive green above to almost white on the […]

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  • January 7, 2018

Southern Flounder In Texas!

The southern flounder, Paralichthys lethostigma, is the largest of more than 25 species of flatfishes found in Texas coastal waters. It is highly prized as both food and a recreationally harvested fish and accounts for more than 95 percent of the flounder harvest in the state. Southern flounder occur from North Carolina to the mouth of […]

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  • January 7, 2018

Fishing Lures: Things You Should Know About

In terms of sport fishing, a lure is an object, often designed to resemble fish prey, equipped with one or many hooks that is used to catch fish. The lure is attached to the end of the fishing line and is then thrown out into the water and pulled back to attract fish. An exception is […]

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  • January 7, 2018