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High winds drop water levels


Following Sunday’s high winds, water levels around Galveston dropped to levels about as low as it gets around here. That, combined with the high pressure that followed the frontal passage, sent fish into a dormant state.

Boaters able to hit the water can take advantage of the low water levels by identifying deep holes and channels that would be useful to have knowledge of when normal conditions resume.

In particular is the San Luis Pass area around Bird Island. Boaters depend on guts to make their way around that part of West Bay and this would be an excellent time to scout the area and possibly mark some of the deep passages.

For many years, I relied upon the guts of lower West Bay to maneuver my boats to the San Luis Pass Bridge and then on out into the Gulf. This, too, would be an excellent opportunity to spot some of the deeper outlets from the bridge passed the shallow sandbars into Gulf waters.

When surveying areas during extremely low water levels, like those of Monday, caution needs to be used as the depths are reduced by several feet. Debris lying on the bottom in 8 feet of water normally is not a threat to boaters; however, when frontal systems reduce that to 3-to-4 feet then problems can exist.

The best way to avoid problems is to maneuver through areas outside of deep channels very slowly.

On the fishing scene very little if anything took place in the way of catches Monday. While nothing was reported, if any action took place it likely came from deep pockets of protected water such as can be found around marinas and yacht basins.

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