The Daily News - Reel Report

Flounder stock healthy despite spotty catches

By CAPT. JOE KENT​ ​ ​

There are a lot of anglers expressing concern over this year’s flounder run and the spotty results that have taken place so far this season.

Many fear that there is a shortage of the flat fish, as this has been a pattern for the last two or three years. Michael Morgan is one of those who questions the health of our flounder stocks and mentioned that we have been experiencing progressively warmer autumns; however, it was not until recently that the catches along the Galveston Ship Channel have been spotty during the prime time for flounder action.

From visits with biologists at the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, there doesn’t appear to be any great concern over the health of our flounder stocks. We have reported often that the bays appear to be full of flounder, as evidenced by the reports and the number of pictures of large females still being caught well into East and West Bays.

Saturday, there were several reports of quality flounder being caught around the causeway area, Tiki Island, Campbell’s Bayou and points along the Intracoastal Waterway above Bolivar. The fish are prepared to move; however, nothing is generating any excitement among the big females to make it out of the bays.

Seasoned flounder fishermen will tell you that the key to getting the flounder out of the bays is the remove their food source. Today there is enough bait in the shallower water to hold flounder.

Other reports from Saturday included one from the Bolivar Yacht Basin where not much was taking place on the fishing scene. Bulldog’s Bait Shop reported good action in the surf on Friday, as the water was clear and Spanish mackerel were biting along with the dependable red fish.

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