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.
The outlook for this weekend hinges on the number of thunderstorms on the horizon. Wind, at least through the early part, should not be a problem, and if the rain is more widely scattered than concentrated, look for some excellent catches to take place.
Threatening weather prevailed most of the day Tuesday. Anglers on the water early had to deal with some rain. However, wind was not a problem. While visiting the Galveston Yacht Basin around noon, I stopped by their cleaning table and observed anglers waiting in line to clean fish.
On Tuesday, a moderate to strong east wind knocked out fishing for anglers. However, those on the water early found good conditions until around 9 a.m.
Offshore fishing continued at its hot pace over the weekend, with several boats reporting good action from 70 to well over 100 miles out. Several bill fish were reported caught from around the deep-water platforms and red snapper continue to offer some quality fishing closer in toward shore.
Long time readers of this article will be happy to know that Sarah Melcer is back on the fishing scene. Melcer, who has been a regular contributor to the Reel Report for years, was almost as well known as her fishing dog. Abby always accompanied Melcer fishing and was well known to readers.
Recently I was visiting with a long time fishing friend who asked if I still blocked off the last weekend in July for offshore fishing. While I was surprised that he remembered that fact, my answer was yes.
Thursday continued the trend of hot days with a light to moderate southwest wind blowing. Beginning close to noon, the heat started bothering anglers, and those that hit the water early were hitting the path back to the dock.
A few readers have asked about the recent spell of southwest winds. They want to know if this is an unusual weather pattern for Galveston. The quick answer is no!
The southwest wind continued to blow Monday, and, with the hot conditions associated with wind from that direction, fishing was limited to the early part of the day.
Saturday, early morning thunderstorms kept many anglers off of the water; however, later in the day conditions started settling and the fishing resumed. By press time Saturday no reports were in; however, Friday was a different story with good action taking place early.
Friday’s action centered on offshore fishing, as Gulf anglers, especially those with smaller boats, eyed the light winds and slight chances of rain.
Thursday was another great day for fishing around Galveston. That is unless the midday heat bothers you and if it does, you are not alone. The fish do not like it either and tend to run to deeper holes and wait it out.
Wednesday showers were scattered around the Galveston Bay Complex; however, they were not nearly as widespread as earlier this week. They did not seem to adversely affect fishing as anglers out on the water early scored well with catches.
Rain kept anglers off of the water most of the day Tuesday except for those hitting the water at the first light of day and for a few boaters who endured the rain to fish West Bay.
Monday, the beachfront was calm with clear-green water all the way to the beach. Such conditions almost always signal excellent fishing, and it was close to that Sunday and Monday.
Anglers fishing the surf near San Luis Pass found some excellent action on a variety of fish early Sunday. Trout, reds, black drum, jack crevalle, sharks, lady fish and blue fish were reported by waders in the water at daybreak.
Saturday could be one of those windows of outstanding action in the surf and offshore. Light northerly winds are in the forecast and that usually signals hot action along the beachfront.
There have been some interesting catches reported this week, besides the record-breaking hammerhead shark. A snook was landed at the end of the North Jetty.
The big La Marque/Tackle Time Fishing Tournament ended Sunday, and while the official results have not been received, a Facebook posting showed the highlights of this year’s event.
We have all heard of the adage that says that 10 percent of the anglers catch 90 percent of the fish, or in the reverse that 90 percent of the anglers catch 10 percent. Well, there is a reason, and it is more than just luck.
This weekend looks like it will be a dandy for fishing. If the forecasts hold, light southerly winds should prevail, and along with that, tide strength should improve. Saturday, the surf is a candidate to become red hot with action.
The mornings lately have seen some of the higher winds of the day, and Wednesday was no exception. Gusty south to southwest winds did not encourage anglers to hit the water and especially the beachfront.
Today is one of the heaviest boating traffic days of the year. The Galveston area is expected to see an unusually large number of watercraft, and one reason is that boaters have been pinned up for multiple number days due to strong winds and stormy conditions.
Sunday lived up to its expectations as far as weather is concerned; however, near ideal conditions did not produce the fish that they do normally.