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Winter fishing can be very rewarding as long as you employ some solid strategies and use your head.


Winter Patterns


By Brian Holden Photos by James Fox


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VERY SEASONAL transition presents the Texas coastal angler with both obstacles and opportunities. Knowing the challenges that you will be confronted with out on the water and being prepared for them can make the differ- ence between zero and hero every time you leave the dock.


When transitioning to winter, many of the techniques


that will produce fish during the other three seasons will leave you wondering if there are any fish left in the bay. The answer is yes, they are still out there. Following these simple steps will help you find and catch them consistently no matter what old man winter throws at you.


THROW AWAY THE ALARM CLOCK


Ok, don’t literally “throw it away.” You will need it again in April for that early topwater bite. But turn it off. Time on the water in win- ter is best spent from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and the reason is simple — warmth. If it is more comfortable for you, it is also more comfort- able for the fish. 3 a.m. to 8 a.m. produces the coldest water temperature on average throughout the winter as a result of nighttime lows


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