Kayak fishing on Padre Island and Corpus Christi for speckled trout and redfish is a good winter idea. I was able to make this trip with my friend Gordon who did the driving and supplied the kayaks. This trip was done in the first week of January 2016.
We spent the first day trying to catch speckled trout out of the Packery Channel area. I did manage the only trout that day on a shiny spoon. We must have seen twenty or thirty people out but that was the only fish we saw caught.
That evening we drove down onto Padre Island and set camp about five miles down the beach. The following morning Gordon and I drove about 50 miles of four wheel drive in his Jeep which was towing a trailer with two kayaks reaching the channel and jetty out from Port Mansfield.
The afternoon was spent among several groups of dolphin and eventually Gordon picked up a small redfish which we had for dinner.
At this point our fishing excursion was not exactly producing a lot of fish so we changed gears and focused on the inside and outside of the jetty the following morning. Here we picked up three more redfish on spoons, crab under a bobber and a jig tipped with squid.
Overall the trip was very relaxing and was a good escape from the cold and short winter days of Washington state.