Monday was a typical September day, as not much was taking place as far as fishing goes.
Anglers and others are asking when we can expect to see better water conditions in the Galveston Bay Complex and where have all of the specks gone during the interim.
Saturday, the weather felt like it was the middle of August and hot summertime conditions continued to prevail. Several areas produced some nice catches while others offered slim pickings.
The first official weekend in autumn looks promising for fishing; however, do not expect fall-like weather, as our summertime weather is forecast to continue for a while.
A pattern of warm stable weather is prevailing around the Galveston area and, along with it, some excellent fishing is taking place. Tuesday, a south wind was taking over; however, most areas remained in fairly good shape.
This week has started slowly on the fishing scene. Light southeast winds have helped to create some excellent conditions for fishing, in spite of the continued effects from Hurricane Harvey.
Several days of light southeasterly winds have done wonders for the water clarity in the surf and around the jetties. Typically, when such conditions prevail for extended periods of time, the surf is almost “Gin Clear”.
Even though this is the last official week of summer, it is hard to believe that autumn is coming, as summertime weather continues around the Galveston area.
Near ideal conditions for fishing prevailed around the Galveston area Saturday morning and, while the only hiccup was the off color water in most spots, the fish were biting.
Galveston area fishing is picking up. The warm, dry weather lately is helping improve salinity levels in certain areas and some nice catches are taking place as a result. Still not a lot of action being reported on speckled trout; however, once clearer water begins to set in, look for specks…
Outstanding fishing continues from around the jetties and surf, while another area is picking up. Speckled trout are beginning to break away from their tradition of biting only in green water and there are signs that the golden croaker run might be getting underway.
September has turned out to be an unusual month, as floodwaters have greatly impaired speckled trout fishing. Unfortunately, one of the key ingredients for finding good action on specks is good visibility or as we often call it “trout green water.”
Several readers have inquired about the safety of eating fish and crabs during this siege of bad water inundating the bays and the Gulf of Mexico. Rumors have been circulating that there is a consumption ban on fin fish or shell fish taken from the Galveston Bay Complex and near Gulf waters.
Sunday was a gorgeous day around the Galveston Bay Complex, with pleasant weather for being on the water. Typical for this time of year when the weather is so nice, fishing took a back seat to other activities such as football games.
The waters around the Galveston Bay Complex remain in poor shape, with low salinity and poor clarity. Adding a moderate northeast wind to the situation and it just does not look good for fishing.
Most of us are feeling a slight relief from concerns over the active tropical events. While it is too early to let down our guard, it appears that the major hurricane, Irma, will hit well east of our area and the tropical disturbance in the far southwest portion of the Gulf should not be a threat.
Labor Day is behind us and now we embark on one of the slowest weeks of the year in the fishing business. A few bait camps and other businesses that cater to anglers close for a few days following the last big weekend of the summer tourist season.
The fish continue to bite in spite of the awful conditions. Reports from the Galveston Beachfront, the jetties, the Texas City Dike and the offshore Gulf of Mexico indicate good action close to the entry ways into the Gulf.
Today is Labor Day and the last of the big summer holidays. Unfortunately, this year it will go down as a big disappointment, as the remnants of Hurricane Harvey and its floodwaters left many anglers facing dire circumstances and fishing was the last thing on their minds. Bait camps are out …
Another day of watching the muddy water flow by. Just how long will we be dealing with this is uncertain at this point. Hopefully this will not be extended by another tropical event in the Gulf.
The last of the big holiday weekends is upon us and while the weather looks great, the lingering effects of the record flooding of this past week are with us. This was to be a great time to make that last offshore trip for red snapper, as the extended season for private boats ends Monday.
Weather forecasts for this Labor Day weekend look great, especially through Sunday. This is the last weekend of the extended red snapper season for private boats and it looks like the seas will be calm enough for even the Mosquito Fleet of smaller boats to hit the water.
We are all thankful that Harvey is out of here. Unfortunately scars of the hurricane remain and is something that will be with us for quite some time.
Not much has changed on the fishing scene and fishing is the last thing on most people’s minds. We still have at least two more days to have to deal with this tragic event, and, for those lucky enough to be able to think about fishing, it will be a while before conditions improve.
While everyone’s attention is on the middle coast where Hurricane Harvey appears to be heading, there was some big news on the fishing scene around Galveston.
There are a lot of uncertainties facing coastal area residents and anglers over the next several days and all have to do with Tropical Depression Harvey. One thing for sure and that is fishing likely will be out of the question along Texas Coastal waters until the remnants of this event pass over.
Tuesday, we mentioned that eyes would shift from the solar eclipse to the Bay of Campeche, and now it appears that there will be even more focus on that area as early forecasts are calling for the tropical system to enter the Gulf of Mexico.
Eyes will shift from focusing on the eclipse to the tropical event that is forecast to cross the Yucatán and enter the Bay of Campeche later this week. Hopefully it will do as the earlier system, Tropical Storm Franklin, and have little effect on our weather.
Beginning Saturday afternoon, conditions starting improving under light winds. Sunday, the conditions continued and catches began improving along the beachfront and in the bays.
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.
Wind velocities began dropping Friday and should continue throughout this weekend. This is good news for weekend anglers and as a result, there likely will be a large number of boats on the water.
The weekend outlook appears promising, as the moderate to strong wind velocities plaguing anglers this week appear to be diminishing. Unfortunately the heat will continue to be with us.
Be patient anglers, as better fishing days are ahead. The long siege of southwest wind should start diminishing this weekend. Next week, southeast winds are in the forecast and that, along with the good tidal movement associated with Monday’s new moon phase, should generate some excellent fi…
Tuesday was a continuation of poor fishing caused by the extreme heat and moderate-to-strong southwest wind. With no reports to present, let’s take a look at what is on some of our readers’ minds.
Anglers keep asking when will this weather pattern change and return to more August-like conditions? The only thing I can say is that the forecasts call for a continuation of this pattern for several days.
The heat is rising and the fishing is beginning to pick up. Offshore conditions remain marginal as the after effects of Tropical Storm Franklin continue to push higher wave heights along the upper Texas coast.
According to the forecasts, the rain that has been plaguing us for the last week will begin to diminish on Thursday and the weekend looks great weather-wise.
There was not a lot of activity on the water Tuesday. Besides being one of the slowest days of the week for marinas and bait camps, early morning rain put a damper on fishing. While there were no reports to pass on, a question was received from a reader, the answer to which might be of interest.
Anglers heading to the water early Sunday found conditions on the windy side, and, with the velocities gusting to over 20 knots, they had a rough time of it trying to negotiate the open bays. Offshore conditions were just too much for most boats with seas running three to five feet.