The tri-bay area is four bay systems (not sure why it was dubbed the tri-bay) the bays are named Bastrop Bay, Christmas Bay, Chocolate Bay and West Galveston.
Each contains different environments such as sand, mud and shell and even grass beds. Knowing how to fish the different environments at different times of the year is the key factor. Recently, we have been fishing on hard sandy bottom. Because the water temp is almost 90 degrees, the sand doesn’t heat up as fast as mud does. There are several different species of bait these fish are after now.
Shad and shrimp are what they are gorging on all small bait. Lots of small fish have been coming to hand when throwing soft plastic tail, such as the Norton sand eels or Norton Bull minnows.
To avoid most of the smaller fish, I have switched to throwing top waters such as the rapala skitter walk colors, like the pearl with a red head that have been my favorite on the top waters.
The soft plastic color of choice has been the chicken on chain.
(Randall Groves is a fishing guide, out of Angleton. Groves can be contacted by text at 979-864-9323. He is currently booking fishing trips for the fall).