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A cold front is forecast to dominate the fishing scene this weekend, with gusty winds from the south before the front and the same from the north as it passes through. It looks as if it will be sometime after the front moves through those conditions will favor fishing.

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Another cold front is on its way and the early part of this weekend we could see a prefrontal bite taking place. One species of fish that reacts to such events is flounder. Flounder are bottom dwellers for the most part and when strong cold fronts blow through they could be left in pockets o…

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The surf along the beach front was about as pretty as it gets Tuesday afternoon. A few anglers were fishing; however, the only report that came in indicated that there were some good catches from the rock groins across from Academy.

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Several readers have called in recently asking if fishing was not unusually slow for this time of year. Most recently, Dwayne Adams asked that question and said that while he and his fishing buddies have read reports of nice stringers of fish being taken, their experience is that catches are…

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Today we honor our military veterans, those responsible for the freedoms we enjoy in this great country. Hopefully many of them will be on the water this weekend and catch some nice stringers of fish.

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Not much has been taking place on the fishing scene, as a cold front with strong northerly winds kept anglers off the water for the last two days. Now that the front has passed through, conditions should rapidly improve along with a warming trend that may or may not contribute to the fishing…

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Most anglers welcomed Wednesday’s cold front, except possibly those who had fishing trips planed that day. Chilly north winds gusting to more than 20 knots were enough to keep most anglers off the water.

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This year’s continuation of warm weather well into the fall has resulted in mangrove snapper continuing to hang around. Mangroves or gray snapper, as they also are called, are warm-water fish and are quite sensitive to cold water. In fact during freeze events, they are among the first fish t…

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Readers keep asking when the flounder run will get into full swing, and several have asked about the croaker run, as it should be in progress.

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Sunday was a great day to be in Galveston, as summerlike weather continued to prevail and visitors enjoyed a late season day of warm temperatures. Fishing, however, was on the slow side and that possibly could be attributed to the full moon.

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Fishing took a back seat to other activities this weekend, as the big Lone Star Rally combined with opening weekends of waterfowl and deer seasons took their toll on the fishing scene.

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Flounder action seems to have stalled with the recent warming trend, as reports from some of the key areas indicate spotty catches, with mostly the smaller males being caught. While bait is abundant in the bays, the flat fish likely will be slow to move.

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While this November is starting off like many in the recent past with warmer than normal weather, let’s discuss a few of the areas that are known for their fall and early winter fishing.

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November is here and for many inshore anglers it is their favorite month of the year for fishing. Several reasons for this are that it is generally a great month for bay fishing, the weather is pleasant and the spring and summer crowds are gone.

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East/southeast winds pushed water from the Gulf of Mexico back into the marshes and back bays. This likely will cause a setback in the flounder run, as many of the flatfish will hang around longer as food supplies will continue to be abundant.

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We are entering prime time flounder fishing for 2017. The cold front that passed through likely will be the “shot in the arm” needed to get this year’s migration well under way.

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Thursday night, the bite was on for anglers fishing under the lights around docks and piers. Jim Thornberry of Jamaica Beach reported hot action on trout, both specks and sandies, around his boat dock. His tally for the evening was six specks and 13 sand trout. Free-lined live shrimp was the…

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It appears that fishing will be out, for the most part, over the next couple of days; however, the sacrifice likely will be worth it for anglers waiting for our fall fishing to get into full swing.

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A reminder to flounder fishermen that this is the last week for the five fish limit, as Nov. 1 reduces the bag limit to two and prohibits taking flounder by gigging.

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We are entering that time of year when cold fronts are going to become more frequent. Experienced anglers learn to observe the patterns and plan their fishing trips during windows of good conditions between the frontal systems.

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The cold front that we all have been waiting for blew in just after 9 a.m. Sunday, with wind gusts over 50 knots roughing things up. Obviously, with the gale force winds and blowing rain, fishing was out for the day.

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Excellent conditions prevailed around Galveston on Saturday; however, not many anglers were taking advantage of them. One of the bait camp operators said that a good number of his regular weekend customers were staying in Houston to watch the Astros play for the championship and other sports…

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Saturday appears to have a better outlook for weather than was forecast a few days ago. While rain and wind likely will be around, conditions do appear to be improving.

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This weekend is shaping up to be a good one for just about any indoor activity. If the forecasts hold, wind, rain and high tides will take their toll on fishing.

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Wednesday, there were some nice stringers of fish landed by the few fishermen able to make it out on the water. Today should be a good one if conditions hold; however, that likely will be it for a few days, as a strong cold front is headed our direction.

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The cold front that passed through Sunday generated a lot of interest in flounder fishing. Several readers asked if this would trigger the annual run and what if any other effects might it have on fishing.

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It is always difficult to determine just how good or bad fishing is based on very few anglers fishing. Well, this weekend the fishermen were back and the reports indicated some excellent action all around the Galveston area.

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The unseasonably warm weather continues, in fact you may recall earlier this week we mentioned Stan Blazyk’s comment about October being well on its way to being the warmest ever in Galveston.

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Thursday was another Chamber of Commerce-type day, as nice warm weather continued over our area. Not much was taking place locally on the fishing scene; however, there were a few anglers fishing around the Texas City Dike, Seabrook/Kemah Channel and Galveston Ship Channel areas.

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A beautiful fall-like day prevailed around Galveston on Wednesday. Gusty north winds kept anglers off the water; however, all of that should be short-lived, as a wind shift back to the southeast is forecast for Thursday and the remainder of this week.

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Relief from the unseasonably warm weather finally arrived; however, it may be a temporary respite. Tuesday, a brisk northerly wind pushed across the Galveston Bay Complex, and while it eliminated most fishing plans for that day, we did see cooler temperatures.

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Offshore seas likely will be running high this weekend, as the effects of Hurricane Nate move across the Western Gulf of Mexico. If that is all we have to be concerned about, consider us lucky.

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October is here and it certainly does not feel like fall. Thursday morning I checked Reel Reports for the first week of October for the last five years and the same situation existed: warm weather and fishing was basically hit or miss.

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Hurricane season still is alive and well, as another tropical depression has formed in the southwest Caribbean and has its sights on the Gulf of Mexico. Fortunately most meteorologists, including The Daily News’ weather expert Stan Blasyk, feel that it will head east of Galveston and have li…

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We have talked a lot lately about the prolific red fish action all around Galveston and, while compiling reports for Sunday’s Reel Report, I started thinking about the great improvement we have seen with our stocks of red fish.

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October finally has arrived and it appears that it will be a while before typical October weather sets in. This is one of the favorite months for many fishermen to hit the water, as the fishing is usually good and the weather is much more comfortable than midsummer.

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Last Saturday, a special fishing tournament was held at Terramar Beach in memory of Capt. Lloyd Pepper. The event attracted over 20 participants, each making a donation to Sea Center Texas in Lake Jackson. This event raised over $900 for the facility.

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It appears that the surf and adjoining waters are clearing up rapidly under summerlike conditions and a nice southeast breeze. Fishing remains red hot and hopefully it will continue on that course for a while.