Editor’s Insight

Summer Has Arrived —

June 1 — the start of summer. Ok, I know the official start of summer is not until June 21st but as a good Texan we never waste an opportunity to celebrate the arrival of a new season a few weeks early.
For example Spring arrives on March 1 with an official arrival of March 21. We swelter through the heat of summer knowing that Fall and cooler weather arrives on September 1. We are reminded fall’s official date is September 22 and the reality of cooler weather arriving is somewhere either side of October 1 depending where you live in the Lone Star State.
Then the coldest season of the year, Winter arrives on December 1 making college football games and deer hunting feel more as they should. Why wait to celebrate until December 21 when the majority of the month of Christmas is just about over.
So we are near the halfway point of 2022. June marks the beginning of the heat and sun worshipers favorite time along with those that love to fish.
On the coast June has been said to be the best month for fishing. The air temperature is not oppressive with some days being pleasant all day long. Water temperatures continue to warm with the tail end of the speckled trout spawn about over.
There’s lots of surface activity and June is when both quality and quantity of fish will be caught. Even with coastal restrictions in place as spotted sea trout populations recover there are other options including redfish, occasional flounder, tripletail, black drum plus snook on the lower coast.
Offshore the red snapper season in Federal regulated waters opens on June 1. This year the season is projected to run to August 19. Even after federal waters close Texans will revert back to fishing close to shore, within nine nautical miles, for these prized pelagics.
Warming Gulf waters encourage other blue water species to move closer to shore. Kingfish, dorado (mahi mahi), and amberjack will provide anglers with some drag screaming excitement. Even billfish like sailfish move close as does black fin tuna and maybe a white marlin that will be available for the larger center-console crafts of the mosquito fleet.
There are great options on inland lakes as well as river banks. It is simply a choice of how laid back or aggressive you want to fish.
The hardcore anglers will be up early and fish late, well ahead of the recreational crowd buzzing the surface with their jet skis or showing off water skiing skills they may or may not have. Most of these show offs want an audience so find an isolated cove or off the beaten path river bank to absorb the tranquility of water.
Yes there are fish to be caught and some of the most laid back fishing of the year is at hand. It could well be for bream using nothing more than a cane pole, bobber, small hook and some cricket, grasshopper or night crawlers that have been caught in the surrounding grass.
On area lakes as well as the coast there are easy access points for those that don’t have a boat. Grab a coastal chart or map of the lake being fished. Many of the lakes have adjacent state or federal land that offer access or other amenities. Summer has arrived so enjoy.
For hunters, keep on practicing and preparing. Hunting seasons are not far off.

Until next month: Pursue all of your outdoor activities in a safe and ethical manner.

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