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Extraordinarily high tide levels opened up some good fishing grounds in the marshes and back bays Wednesday. While the surf was not fishable, reds were working the flooded marshes.

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Today is one of my favorite days of the year. It is the beginning of the summer solstice and the longest day of the year. Unfortunately, we will not be able to take advantage of it on the water, as most of us will be biting our nails waiting to see what happens with Tropical Storm Cindy.

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All eyes will be on the offshore waters for the next few days as a tropical disturbance is expected to enter Gulf water today. For just about any tropical event in the Gulf, the Galveston area will see some effects.

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There most likely will be a greater number of anglers running offshore on weekends this summer due to the extension of red snapper season. While a large number of the captains will be experienced in navigating the offshore Gulf waters, there will be many less experienced boaters out there as well.

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Southerly winds have set in along the coast and while only at moderate levels, they are impacting fishing. One problem is that a southwesterly shift has been taking place and as we all are aware, that tends not to bode well for catching fish.

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Wind velocities increased Tuesday and held things down on the fishing scene, especially in the surf. Riptide warnings were issued through Tuesday night, as hazardous conditions were in place for the development of strong riptides throughout the day.

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A moderate southeast wind Sunday morning slowed access to the open waters, in particular the offshore waters, by smaller boats. Those anglers with larger, seaworthy boats were able to endure a chop and make it to their favorite spots out from the jetties.

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We have all heard of the perfect storm, well last week we saw perfect conditions. I am referring to fishing conditions when several factors come together to create a “can’t lose” situation, when it is almost guaranteed that fish will be caught.

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There seems to be a prevailing mentality among anglers that in order to compete in the major fishing tournaments, at least outside of the kids’ divisions, a boat is needed. Well, that was not the case for Albert Salinas, Jr. of Texas City.

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Trout action was good Wednesday morning around Sand Island in Lower Galveston Bay. John Meyer and three friends wade fished the area west of the island and landed 16 specks and two flounder using a variety of soft plastics for bait. Sand Island is north of the barge cut in Pelican Island.

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The weather appears to be getting back to normal for this time of year. Based on that assessment, look for fishing to improve.

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It was quiet on the fishing front Monday, as threatening weather kept anglers off the water. It appears settled conditions will not return until Wednesday. Afterward, we can anticipate nice weather for fishing should finally appear.

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Red snapper anglers lucked out on the weather Saturday (and Friday as well) as the early forecasts were predicting unfavorable conditions for venturing into the Gulf. The 2017 season is now over for private boats but continues for charter and party boats.

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The opening day of red snapper season turned out to be excellent for those able to make it offshore Thursday. Seas were bumpy and most boats had to dodge thunderstorms; however, by the afternoon, conditions settled down.

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Red snapper anglers may get a break in the weather today, as the forecasts are calling for lighter winds and reduced chances of rain.

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Wednesday turned out to be a window of opportunity to hit the water. It was the first day in a while where the wind was not blowing at 20 knots nor was there any threatening weather around.

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May is wrapping up and for the most part has been a disappointing month for fishing. This is the month where certain areas begin turning on; however, moderate to strong winds, at times approaching gale force strength, hampered anglers from doing much good.

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Capt. Jim West posted on his Facebook page Monday morning that winds were gusting to 58 mph. That pretty well sums up what took place on the water early Memorial Day.

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Sunday, there were lots of boats on the water all around the Galveston Bay Complex. This likely contributed to the lack of fishing reports along with the moderate wind that prevailed most of the day.

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Wednesday, a moderate north wind followed the early morning thunderstorms, and clear, cool weather set in. While the conditions were very comfortable for fishing, the wind continued to hamper the bite.

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While thunderstorms appear to be out of the picture for the next several days, unsettled conditions will continue through the early part of the upcoming Memorial Day weekend, according to the forecasts.

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We finally got some rain and it was a nice quantity that should help fishing. For the next couple of days, conditions should be good for hitting the water; however, it looks as if the wind could come back later in the week.

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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.