Water conditions remain solid and the speckled trout bite is improving in Vermilion Bay as the season’s first real cool front is expected to push through this weekend.

Todd Semar, with Bulls-Eye Charters in Lydia, said  he’s heard reports of speck limits pretty consistently in the last week.

“It’s not wide open, but the water is right for them,” Semar said. “The water looks good in the bay, and the stars are lining up.”

Semar said specks have shown up in The Cove, the Trash Pile and the Hammock, and he recommended using live shrimp under a cork, or plastics under a cork.

He also suggested fishing the slicks, and predicted bird activity will increase as the month progresses. 

“The bite’s been just a little better in the morning, but that can change from day to day,” Semar said. 

The reef complex south of Marsh Island has suffered with bouts of dirty water, he said.

“Water in the gulf has been off and on, and the bite has been slow,” Semar said. “The east wind muddies the water and hurts the reefs a little bit.”

Redfish have remained consistent in and around Marsh Island, as well as in the northern part of Vermilion Bay. Semar suggested using dead shrimp under a cork, or fishing on the bottom with a Carolina rig.

“From Burns Point all the way to Cypremort Point, that whole bank usually produces fish,” he said.

In Marsh Island, Semar suggested fishing the drains and points in Lake Tom and Lake Michael. 

Conditions should remain favorable as long as the fall weather cooperates, he said. 

“As long as we don’t get a 10-inch rain or two cool fronts back to back that would empty all the ditches, we ought to be alright,” Semar said.