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Thunderstorms, rather than wind, were the culprit in keeping anglers off the water Sunday. Badly needed rain started early and sent most anglers and beachgoers home for the day. It looks as if the rain will be with us for a few days; however, by midweek, conditions should start shaping up fo…

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The absence of fishing pictures today pretty well tells what fishing was like last week. The whole week was a blowout, as strong winds at times approaching gale force strength kept anglers off the water.

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This weekend should see a decline in wind velocities; however, there is a trade off. Increasing chances of badly needed rain could interfere with plans to hit the water.

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While the wind has us sitting on the sidelines waiting for that opportunity to hit the water again, let’s take a look at what lies ahead.

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There were no reports on the fishing scene Wednesday as the wind continued to knock out fishing activity. Crabbing also was affected as choppy conditions held things down on that score.

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Great weather on Tuesday, but not for fishing! Needless to say the wind was the culprit. When will this spell of strong wind end? The answer, according to the weather forecasts, is sometime over the weekend.

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Monday saw some fair catches of trout, reds and other fish by anglers who were on the water early. Par for the course recently, the wind increased later in the morning slowing things down on the fishing scene.

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Sunday was my first offshore trip of the season and, while the seas were ideal heading out, an east wind, albeit moderate, changed things around. About 18 miles out large weed patches were numerous and my plan was to fish the seaweed on the way back.

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Anglers on the water early were greeted by a north wind that was supposed to drop in velocity by Saturday morning. The slow down did not occur until late morning when conditions became inviting for fishing.

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Friday turned out to be a windy day following the passage of the cold front. Prior to its arrival, conditions were tolerable, like the calm before the storm.

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The weekend is looking good for fishing, as light to occasionally moderate wind velocities are in the forecast. Based on Sunday’s forecast, this might be a good year to treat mom to a fishing trip on Mother’s Day.

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Following up on comments in Wednesday’s Reel Report about the increased wind velocities lately, we have some input from a professional on that topic.

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Monday afternoon was the start of more windy weather around Galveston. Gusts to 25 knots from the east/southeast were causing choppy conditions that likely will last for a few days.

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Sunday continued the trend of nice weather for fishing around Galveston. Early reports indicated good catches coming from the Confederate Reef Triangle, Carancahua Cove and Greens Cut areas of West Bay, along with the south shoreline of East Bay along Goat Island.

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The first weekend in May has turned out to be a good one for fishing, along with comfortable conditions in which to fish. Low water levels were an issue; however, it did not stop the action from taking place.

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Anglers have been pinned up by high winds and unsettled weather for several days now and with a window of opportunity presenting itself this weekend look for lots of boats on the water Saturday and Sunday.

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For several weeks now our supplies of live shrimp around the Galveston area have been on the small side and difficult to place on a hook.

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Recreational red snapper anglers took another hit on Tuesday when NOAA Fisheries announced that the 2017 Gulf of Mexico federal red snapper recreational seasons open for the private angling and federally permitted for-hire components on June 1, 2017, at 12:01 a.m., local time.

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Monday saw a wind switch to the southwest which is one of the least desirable directions for fishing. The negative effect of this wind is mostly in sanding up the bay waters and restricting tidal flow.

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Unsettled weather continues to hamper Galveston-area fishing, and with another cold front headed our way later this week, there is not much optimism for improvement.

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While there is not much news on the fishing scene otherwise, a new Texas state record for spotted gar is pending. The fish was caught by Colton Carner of Santa Fe, who is 15 years old. Carner’s fish was weighed in by Ed Matthews, who operates an official weigh station in Hitchcock, and the g…

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Anglers trying to hit the water early Wednesday encountered southerly winds gusting to 30 mph and most canceled their plans for fishing.

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Offshore fishing is turning on a little early this year, and likely it is due to a warmer than normal winter and the encouraging presence of Sargasso in the Gulf.

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Saturday, good conditions continued for fishermen although there was a shift to a southwest wind early. The not so popular wind did not last, as a shift to the south and southeast followed by late morning.

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Friday was San Jacinto Day in Texas and for old timers on the Galveston Bay fishing scene, it marked the official beginning of the saltwater fishing season.

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Thursday continued where Wednesday left off as it was a great day to be on the water. A southeast breeze of light to moderate levels had the water clear and fishing was only fair due to the effects of the first quarter stage of the moon. The first and last quarters are when the tides are the…

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It is such a wonderful feeling to cross the Causeway after being away from Galveston and to realize that you are back in paradise. 

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Another great day of fishing around the Galveston area and everyone is asking how long this will last. My guess is that until we have a change in conditions, such as a wind change to an adverse direction, weak tidal movement or unsettled weather returning.

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What a difference a change of wind direction makes for fishing. Almost all areas around the Galveston Bay Complex were producing fish for Saturday’s big crowd of anglers.

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A wind shift to the southeast should do wonders for fishing this holiday weekend. The warmer temperatures, along with the warmer waters, should add to the positives for fishermen and it is possible we could see a run of speckled trout along the jetties.

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Conditions are beginning to settle, and, if we can shake this nagging east wind, fishing should quickly improve.

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Not much is taking place on the fishing scene, as wind continues to plague the area. Fortunately there appears to be relief in sight later this week as conditions are forecast to improve by Thursday or Friday.

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There was a lot of anticipation that the beachfront would turn on Saturday, as conditions were ripening for some excellent fishing. Unfortunately, the wind raised its ugly velocity early and what was anticipated as a flat, green surf turned out to be choppy and off-color.

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Friday, bay waters were clearing nicely, although levels remained quite low. Not much was taking place on the fishing scene; however, conditions were shaping up for potentially good fishing this weekend.

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Morning wind continues to plague fishermen; however, conditions have been improving at night with some nice catches being reported from anglers fishing under the lights.

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Monday was so inviting to take off and go fishing that at least one angler developed a case of spring fever and called in sick to work. To help cure his ails, he decided to go fishing and with the light winds early Monday, the jetties were his choice.

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Saturday morning, Polly and I participated in the annual Mallard Lake Club Bass Tournament near West Columbia. While most of the time the club’s lake is easily fishable in strong winds, this time a nagging east wind gusting to near 30 knots made for some uncomfortable fishing.