Fly Fishing the Texas Coast
Kemah and Seabrook
The Seabrook Flats are located on the west shore of Galveston Bay, about an hour's drive southeast of Houston. Trout and redfish action picks up on these flats in the early morning and late in the day after northers or between fronts. Flyfishers should wade around piers and old pilings. The shoreline is protected against westerly winds. To get to the Seabrook Flats, take I-45 South to NASA Road 1 and turn right on Texas 146. You can access the Seabrook wadefishing area at Hester Street.
Good wadefishing also is available nearby on the Kemah Flats, on shorelines protected from northwest, southwest, and west winds.
Wadefishers also have the choice of fishing either side of Dollar Point, where incoming tides bring in baitfish. The area offers good fishing in summer, but the best fishing here is in fall and winter. The area also is ideal for casting around deep holes out of sea kayaks.
Other productive features nearby include Moses Lake, known for good fall and winter fishing, where reds hold in deeper holes, and Campbell Bayou, located on the mainland side of Galveston Bay, just north of Virginia Point. Campbell Bayou has a shallow shell ridge extending from the shoreline that makes it suitable for wading or driftfishing, and it is one of the few sites in the Galveston Bay complex that stay fishable during a hard northwesterly wind. Look for trout out deep and redfish up near the grass. Flyfishers also can do well on the backside of Sand Island, especially with flounder action in the fall after a cold front passes through. Here the shoreline is well protected from the north wind. The cordgrass shoreline also holds redfish, says Galveston Bay fly-fishing guide Chris Phillips.
The more secluded back (west) side of Pelican Island is a top choice of flyfishers because there is less angler activity there. It is a good area for reds and trout. Tarpon also are known to enter the bay in this location, where water depth increases to about 10 feet. There is little or no boat traffic here on the open water, and the bottom is smooth, hard sand.
Seawolf Park also is popular with many anglers in this area. The shoreline that runs from the back (west) side of the park to the causeway is a good wading area on south, southeast, or southwesterly winds. Features include shell reefs, grass, and hard sand bottoms. Fish this area on incoming tides and wadefish near the channel edges. Wadefishers can find solitude on this quiet side of the park. To get to this shoreline, take the wellhead road after crossing the bridge. Travel through the big iron gate on the paved road, which later turns into a shell road, and proceed to the back (west) side of the island.
Details mentioned in this article were accurate at the time of publication