In the fall speckled trout, redfish, and anglers are drawn to working birds for some fast action on Sabine Lake and East Galveston Bay.
Story and photography by Robert Sloan
There is not a prettier sight than to leave the boat ramp and see a big flock of gulls hovering over a school of trout and reds that have pushed a wad of shad or shrimp to the surface and are pigging out. That scene isn’t anything other than pure Texas fishing at it’s best. And guess what? It’s happening right now on Sabine Lake and East Galveston Bay.
I’ve fished under the birds for over 30 years and can say from some pretty salty experience that two of the best bays for this type of fall fishing are Sabine Lake and East Galveston Bay, in that order. Fishing under the birds for trout and reds is definitely not an angling secret. In fact, as mild cool fronts begin to move through Southeast Texas hundreds of anglers know exactly what that means – easy pickings of trout and reds under the birds.