Capt. Chuck Uzzle

For the Record

As far as I am concerned February and March have to be some of the best times on 

the calendar for a wide variety of reasons. Spring is closing in and everything 

starts to heat up, especially the fishing. Anglers all over the state look 

forward to this month with great anticipation every year because in just about 

any body of water you fish, fresh or salt; you stand an excellent chance of 

doing battle with a career fish. 

Freshwater anglers have long known the magic that can happen on those days when 

the winds lay and the temperature climbs. Big fish climb up from the deeper 

water and make their home for the next few weeks on the inside grass lines where 

they will eventually spawn. Before too long they will be fighting for space as 

it seems like the crappie usually beat the bass to the punch as the warmer temperatures 

push these fish up shallow. That space between the grass and the bank is going to get 

crowded really soon and that spells success for most fishermen. 

Now the freshwater folks won’t be the only ones taking advantage of the warmer 

temperatures, saltwater anglers will be reaping the benefits as well. Over the 

past several days the water temperatures steadily increased in many places. The 

warmer surface temps have triggered a better bite, especially the one on 

topwater plugs. Now the mainstay throughout the winter was the unbelievable 

redfish bite and that continues on an almost daily rampage. The ridiculous 

numbers of redfish have diehard big trout hunters pulling out their hair and 

cursing aloud as it seems these fish are nowhere to be found when the redfish 

show up. 

This winter has been one of the quietest ones I can remember in a long time as 

far as big speckled trout are concerned. The norm during the winter months is to 

take advantage of the warmer days ahead of oncoming fronts and be on the water 

just prior to the weather change. Now with the more consistent temperatures the 

pattern should hinge on greater tide activity so if you are looking for an 

advantage there you have it. 

If there is any draw back to fishing in the spring months it will be the wind 

and you can bet there will be plenty of it. The stretch of shore line from Blue 

Buck to Willow Bayou will get plenty of traffic due to the predominant winds 

coming from the southeast. On the days when the wind decides to lay down it’s 

always a great idea to get back closer to deep water, the river and 

intracoastal. The islands that border the deeper water will be a haven for these 

big fish as they move up on the flats to feed and I can’t think of a better 

place to start. Good strong tide movements and a little presence of bait should 

certainly get you in the game. If at all possible when fishing with more than 

one person be sure to cover the different water columns. Use a topwater to help 

locate fish and probe the deeper water with a slower sinking plug or even soft 

plastic lure. If you are fortunate enough to have all the factors come into 

place that next strike you get may be the best fish of your life and that is 

exactly what makes this time of year one of the best.