Live shrimp are ideal bait for many species in the surf and bays. You’ll need an aerator to keep bait alive unless you fish with a guide or friend who has a live well on his boat. Many prefer artificial lures – like the popular “Corky” pictured here. Plastic artificial shrimp and baitfish lures have brought in enough fish to feed an NFL football team for a season! An angler never knows what’s on his hook when he first feels a strike. 


Photo by John Jefferson

And I’m not talking about El Niño bringing hot weather to Texas. (I’m trying not to think about that!)

I’m talking about the annual excitement surrounding the fine fishing that occurs every year in the bays, surf and offshore during late spring and summer.

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