Clear Springs’ Craig Dailey did what almost no other head coach would do at halftime of a closer-than-expected game. He gathered his players together for a team photo.
A grim-faced Tom Herman could hear the whoops and hollers of SMU players as the Houston coached tried to explain a shocking 38-16 loss to the Mustangs on Saturday night.
It appears that conditions will start settling and by Sunday we should see some good catches from around the jetties.
Thursday, gusty winds associated with thunderstorms kept most anglers off the water, and with the lack of fishing reports, this presents an opportunity to discuss an issue that is affecting a lot of boaters who fish the Galveston Channel area and points nearby.
This week, a record high temperature was set in Galveston, and according to Stan Blazyk’s blog, it not only was a high for the day, but a record for this time of year. Well, that was not good news for anglers waiting for the flounder migration.
Last weekend our summertime fishing patterns continued with some excellent offshore action taking place and good catches inshore.
Beautiful summer-like weather continued to prevail over the Galveston area and, while all were enjoying it, many anglers were looking ahead to cooler weather.
The weather forecast for this week indicates that we may be finished with the summer conditions as a genuine cold front is headed our way. By the latter part of the week, we should be seeing temperatures ranging from the low 60s to mid-70s.
A longtime fisherman John Sabo passed on one of his secrets to determining when to hit the water for flounder.
Traditionally the croaker run, a time when large croaker migrate to the Gulf of Mexico, takes place anywhere from mid-October to early November.
Wednesday morning was just outstanding for hitting the water and catching some fish. Light southeasterly winds were clearing up the water and anglers fishing the surf and jetties found reds everywhere.
Tuesday’s weather was quite a contrast to Monday’s beautiful conditions. Winds gusting to well over 20 knots pretty well shut down fishing, with few anglers affected because of most having returned to work from Monday’s holiday.
Anglers who were fortunate enough to have off from work on Columbus Day, saw a drop in wind velocity and some fair-to-good fishing early in the day.
Sunday morning, winds were gusting to more than 20 knots knocking out the options of fishing open bay reefs, the jetties and the surf. Conditions are expected to begin improving today and the remainder of the week looks promising.
When the big flounder run gets underway, there will be a number of spots where the flatfish will stack up and, unfortunately, boats and anglers as well.
A frontal system — note I did not call it a cold front — is in the forecast this weekend, which means that wind will be an issue for anglers.
Thursday, a moderate east wind brought higher than normal tide levels to the Galveston area and discouraged anglers from fishing the open bays, jetties and surf.
Summer-like weather continues to prevail around the Galveston Bay Complex and overall that has not been good for inshore fishing.
Great conditions continue to prevail over the Galveston Bay Complex; however, fishing has been only fair-to-good in most spots.
Results from the first weekend in October were mixed, depending on when lines were in the water. During periods of lighter winds, some nice fish were caught, mainly from along the Galveston Ship Channel and the surf.
We are in the middle of the best time for catching reds, and I want to take the opportunity to discuss proper handling of the big fish.
Often we mention areas around Pelican Island as locations where fish are being caught at a particular time; however, not much has been written about the island’s virtues as a fishing paradise.
The outlook for the remainder of the weekend is excellent, especially for anglers fishing the surf, jetties and around the passes.
Indian summer conditions are prevailing along the Texas Coast, and the surf is loaded with fish.
Both the North and the South jetties have been the scenes of boating accidents involving significant damage and serious injury.
The best way to describe the fishing picture is that anglers are sitting on the sidelines waiting for fall weather to ignite some action.
The weather has not slowed fishing yet, and some good reports were received from the weekend and also on Monday.
We are in that transition period when more frequent cold fronts start appearing. The current frontal system likely will have some effect on the movement of fish; however, it should be short-lived.
Saturday, the bite continued for anglers dodging the early morning thunderstorms. Catches were reported from all around the Galveston Bay Complex, with the beach front areas offering the best action and a larger variety of fish.
Weekend anglers should be enjoying a pre-front bite, as the surf and jetties have opened up with action. The bite has come during the afternoon and evening tide.
Early next week our first cool front of the season is expected to drop temperatures a bit. This weekend we could see a prefrontal bite take place, as fish react to the upcoming change in conditions.
Wednesday, an easterly wind limited fishing activities, as choppy conditions faced anglers wanting to fish the open bays, jetties and surf.
Summer fishing patterns continue around the Galveston area with offshore fishing not missing a beat.
This week looks like a dandy for fishing, with slight chances of rain, light winds and fair tidal movement most of the week.
Summer is back after a short reprieve, and the fishing is as well.
Anglers on the water early Saturday enjoyed some calm conditions and a nice window of fishing between showers.
The tropical system in the Gulf, it appears, will have minimal effects on the Galveston area, and aside from higher than normal rain chances, the wind will be cooperative for fishermen.
All eyes are on the Gulf of Mexico, as a tropical disturbance is making its way toward the middle Texas Coast.
Once this spell of unsettled weather ends, look for flounder and reds to start moving in the bays.
Unsettled weather again is taking over for a few days and, with the higher than normal chances of rain along with easterly winds, fishing is going through the doldrums.
Conditions continue to favor fishing, although it appears that some unsettled weather might be in store for the Galveston area over the next couple of days. The good news is that we do not have to deal with an event in the Gulf of Mexico this week.
Following Saturday’s series of thunderstorms, fishing picked up and some nice catches were made.
Saturday morning, thunderstorm activity around the Galveston area kept anglers on edge.
Rain could put a damper on fishing this weekend; however, if we avoid intense thunderstorms, all other conditions look good for fishing both inshore and offshore.
Conditions are just about as good as they get for fishing around Galveston — a light southeast wind, good tidal movement and stable weather.
Near ideal fishing conditions prevailed around the Galveston area Wednesday and Derryl Cleaveland of Tiki Island and Brandon Rowan of League City joined me in taking advantage of them.
The surf was in excellent shape Tuesday under a light to moderate southeast breeze, and the beautiful conditions extended into the bays. Unfortunately, school and jobs kept most anglers off the water.
There have been some interesting developments on the fishing scene recently. Jim Swenson sent a note and a picture of his son Ryan‘s small tarpon caught while cast netting for bait near Lake Madeline. This was the first time I had heard of any size tarpon being caught in that area and, while the picture certainly appeared to be of a small tarpon, I was not for sure.
On Sunday, it was great to cross the causeway bridge heading back to Galveston from vacation. During periods when I am out of town for a few days, it is easy to get information each day for the Reel Report using cellphones and the internet.
August has always been my favorite month for offshore fishing off of the Texas Coast. September, however, runs a close second in my mind.
The Labor Day weekend is getting into full swing, and the outlook for fishing is good. Anglers need to keep an eye on the weather, as chances of thunderstorms increase toward the latter part of the weekend.
The Labor Day Weekend is shaping up to be a good one for fishing.
It appears that our weather is improving and that the effects of the tropical system that recently entered the Gulf will have minimal effects on us.
Galveston is a virtual fishing paradise. Visitors and residents are afforded a multitude of fishing opportunities and are likely to catch a variety of fish.
Tropical weather looks to dominate our weather picture for the early part of the week, and, with gusty winds and high seas, fishing likely will continue to be on the sidelines for a couple of days.
While the weather was uncertain at best last weekend, there were some nice catches made, especially on Saturday.
Unsettled weather has been hanging over the Galveston area; however, it has not slowed fishing that much. Fortunately, we have not had to deal with a tropical event.
We are approaching September, and this is what many anglers refer to as a transition month. Soon after Labor Day, we will begin seeing changes in the fishing patterns which will reflect fish reacting to the gradual cooling of bay waters and shorter periods of sunlight.
Boaters, especially offshore anglers, planning trips this weekend need to keep an eye on the tropical system approaching the Bahamas and Florida.