Better conditions began Saturday and it looks like they will be around for a few days. Anglers fishing the bays, jetties and offshore fared well Saturday and this trend should continue.
Early Saturday, boats heading offshore encountered bumpy conditions; however, by late morning the seas flattened resulting in a more comfortable ride to the distant fishing grounds. The open bays were a bit choppy early; however, they too started calming around 9 a.m.
Saturday afternoon a light to moderate south to southeast breeze dominated the scene and that is just what the weekend crowd hoped would occur.
On the offshore scene, we are in prime time for the Gulf. Weed lines are producing a lot of Dorado from the smaller chicken Dorado to a few in the 20 pound range.
George Hendricks, Bret Miller and Rob Smallwood headed south of the jetties early Saturday and, while dealing with sloppy seas early, they made it 23 miles and encountered a nice weed line worthy of investigation Not only did it attract them but a lot of Dorado as well. Using small jigs baited with pieces of squid, the anglers landed 28 Dorado with the largest hitting the scales at 14 pounds. A lone triple tail was the only other fish caught.
Horace Moore and three friends found the Inter-sectional Rigs approximately 70 to 75 miles out to be productive for limits of red snapper, along with barracuda and amberjack. Moore said that most of the amberjack were below the minimum size limit; however, they did land one that made the cut, a nice fish measuring 40 inches. Rubber tubes in red and chartreuse baited with ribbonfish tails did the trick.
The causeway area was one the top inshore producers Saturday, with nice stringers of trout brought to the cleaning table at Galveston Bait and Tackle. Ed Robinson was one of the anglers cleaning his catch, with nine trout being filleted.
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