Winning isn’t everything, especially in high school athletics, but judging by the reactions of the Ball High players, coaches, fans and even the stadium maintenance worker, it was obvious that Friday night’s win meant a lot.
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.
Despite what you hear during tonight's presidential debate, no one man or woman is going to make America great again.
The schooner America, a replica of the fabled racing yacht that coined the phrase America's Cup, will visit Galveston late next month.
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.
Near ideal conditions prevailed around the Galveston area Wednesday; however, not many anglers were taking advantage of them.
What a difference wind direction makes on fishing! Tuesday morning was a good example, as reported by Don Peebles. Early Tuesday, Peebles was fishing the jetties with Lamar Welch and Bucky Sanders. The anglers from Friendswood were not having much luck until just after 10 a.m. when the wind shifted to the southeast.
The big news on the fishing scene is the action on bull reds around the jetties.
Back to school is the focus for many anglers and their families this week; however, there remains some excellent fishing all around the Galveston area.
Saturday morning, a south wind at 15 to 20 knots roughed up the surf and canceled the plans of a number of anglers aiming to hit the offshore fishing grounds.
Mid-Galveston Bay is turning on, with some excellent reports coming from the flood gates of Moses Lake to areas off Kemah.
Thursday, signs were pointing to our getting back into the fishing business as conditions began improving and some nice catches were reported.
There were no fishing reports Wednesday and few if any anglers on the water. Hopefully we will start seeing the rain slacking off this weekend. It will remain to be seen as to the effects of the fresh water runoffs into the Galveston Bay System; however, there is little doubt that salinity levels will be reduced, just how much is the question.
While many times I have touted August as my favorite month for fishing the Galveston area, I have to admit that this year it has been quite disappointing so far.
Mondays tend to have the fewest reports of the week, as the weekend anglers have returned home. Monday of this week however was a bit of a surprise as two good reports were received in spite of the threatening weather.
Rain was the culprit in shutting down most of the fishing on Sunday; however, anglers were not bemoaning the change as everyone is hoping that the badly needed rain will cool things off.
Several anglers recently have mentioned that the current heat has been the worst they have experienced in the Galveston area. I agreed and was glad to hear this from others.
The dastardly southwest wind was gusting to well over 20 knots on Friday. While that alone was enough to shut things down on the fishing scene, extreme heat continued to plague our area, as well.
Wednesday, I noticed that the channel around the causeway bridge was open and observed a barge passing through, so I checked on the situation.
All week we have been mentioning how the best bite has been during the early morning hours with action turning off in the vicinity of 9 a.m. Well a switch occurred Tuesday or at least another part of the day joined the early morning bite.
It appears from the weather forecasts that rain is on its way and that could be the ingredient needed to change our weather pattern.
The bite is on early and anglers taking advantage of the morning incoming tide are finding windows of hot action around the jetties and other areas.
One area that is turning on is the spoil banks of the Houston Ship Channel. The deeper water is providing action well into the morning, with the bite lasting until close to noon.
Anglers are having to deal with the extreme summer heat and, as a result, are finding the bite is ending not long after the sun rises. Fish, especially trout, are in their deep patterns and are being caught in water depths of 6 feet and deeper.
Favorable conditions continue to prevail around the Galveston Bay Complex and adjacent offshore waters. Heat is the culprit in keeping many anglers off the water or sending them in early from fishing.
Offshore conditions remain ideal for fishing the open Gulf with lots of action for those venturing beyond the jetties. Inshore, the best catches are coming very early in the day from an hour or two before daybreak until the sun rises.
We mentioned in an earlier Reel Report this week that conditions were ripe for tarpon action. Nice calm waters with “trout green” clarity during the summer are always inviting for the silver kings.
While offshore fishing has been getting a lot of attention lately, Tuesday morning early there was some excellent trout fishing taking place.
Offshore fishing took the limelight last weekend, as a lot of pelagic and other fish were brought to the dock by most boats venturing beyond the jetties.
We are in the "dog days of summer" when we normally experience light winds and hot days. Fishing also usually coincides with the weather, and it, too, is hot.
Other than the extreme afternoon heat, Saturday’s conditions were near ideal for fishing. The surf gave up good numbers of trout along with Spanish mackerel, jack crevalle, sheepshead, stingrays, sharks and a few reds.
Friday, conditions began improving with light south to southeast wind prevailing over our area. Brandon Rowan and Kelly Groce, of Mariner Magazine, joined me for a morning of fishing that turned out to be much slower than we anticipated.
We have some updates on the closure of the passage way through the Galveston Causeway and railroad bridge. The project was scheduled to start last Monday; however, it has been postponed until next Monday, Aug. 1.