The prolonged cold spell has brought some surprising news in the way of catches. Tarpon are being caught in Offatts Bayou and over near Jones Lake we received a report of tarpon fatalities from the cold water.
We seem to be singing the same song, second and third verses, a lot lately and it is the weather song. This is not at all unusual for January; however, this year it seems that the first half of the month has had more than its share of prolonged cold and windy conditions.
Hearing of all of the good fishing in lower West Bay, it was enticing to give it a try Tuesday morning. After loading the boat and heading out, I found the biting cold wind and overcast skies were just too much for having fun.
If you fish for the enjoyment of being out on the water and catching a few fish, Sunday was not a great day to go fishing. More cold fronts are on the way this week so what encouraging news is there on the fishing scene?
Improved conditions set in on Saturday, as an easterly wind began pushing water into the bays and gradually increasing the tide levels. I mention gradually, because very low water levels continued to persist Saturday afternoon.
Water levels should rise this weekend and, while they might not be at normal tide levels, the increase should attract fish to shallower waters during the afternoon.
The cold temperatures that we are experiencing are something we have not encountered on a continuous basis for quite a while. Fortunately, we have escaped any hard freezes around Galveston and that is good news for fish, especially speckled trout.
Serious cold weather is settling in along the upper Texas Coast and it appears that the chill will be with us for a while. At this point, the only thing I can recommend if you are determined to go fishing is to look for deep water.
While still a bit on the chilly side Friday morning, a fair number of anglers hit the water and several scored well on trout, reds, sheepshead and sand trout.
Thursday, the wind was not the big problem with fishing; however, the cold temperatures were. When thermometer readings are in the 40s, it does not take much wind velocity to make it miserable to be on the water.
Tuesday certainly was no day to be on the water. Winds gusting to near gale force strength, along with fog and mist, created miserable conditions. Unfortunately for most of the Christmas week visitors, fishing does not look good, as cold, unsettled weather appears to be with us for several days.
Each year, holiday visitors ask about where to fish around Galveston and what is likely to be biting. The week between Christmas Day and New Year’s is a popular time for this group to hit the water, and often it is a good decision, with nice catches taking place.
I hope you found everything to your liking this Christmas morning and all of the fishing items on your list were under the tree.
Fishing almost is at a standstill, as Christmas activities are taking priority and the weather is not favorable, with another cold front close to crossing the upper Texas Coast.
Occasionally we get reports from readers that, while not actual fishing reports, are interesting enough to mention. Such a report came from Capt. Cookie Pepper, the well-known legend of the Lower West Bay and widow of Capt. Lloyd Pepper who was known as the Mayor of West Bay.
Today, winter begins with the shortest day of the year. While we rarely get much in the way of fishing reports on Dec. 21, there is one thing that I do like about this day. It is the end of the southerly journey of the sun, and on Friday the northerly run will begin.
Fog was the culprit Tuesday, as the obstacle to fishing. Rather dismal conditions prevailed around Galveston; however, Wednesday and possibly Thursday look to offer an opportunity to hit the water.
There just is not much taking place on the fishing scene around Galveston. With less than a week until Christmas, other activities will occupy the time of many of those year-round anglers we have along the Texas coast.
Our weather pattern lately reflects what is typical for January, with conditions that are just unpleasant to be on the water. Cloudy, rainy and chilly are the traits that we often see in January; however, not so much in December.
A moderate to strong easterly wind brought Gulf waters into the bays and began flooding the marshes and back bays Saturday afternoon. The change in conditions helped generate some excellent action on trout for wade fishermen.
Each year about this time, anglers seem to take a Christmas vacation until just after Christmas, and it appears that we are entering that phase, as few fishermen were on the water Thursday.
Two readers sent notes asking more questions about fish-killing freezes in light of the fact that fish are coldblooded. One of the notes came from an individual who spent his childhood in Wisconsin and every year their lake froze over, yet the fish bounced back by spring.
Low water levels are handicapping anglers, as the cold fronts and trailing high pressures have pushed water out of the bays. There is not much relief in sight until possibly this weekend, as another frontal system is forecast to cross the upper Texas Coast Tuesday.
It appears that the flounder run continued through last weekend. Paul Shaffer of Bayou Vista has been fishing for flounder for years and shared some of his experiences and observations about this year’s migration.
What a weekend of weather! Snow flurries on Friday followed by bitter cold weather and low water levels. Definitely a good time to stay inside and do some Christmas season planning.
Friday’s Reel Report mentioned areas that might be productive this weekend considering the cold temperatures and biting wind. While areas around the Galveston Ship Channel got the nod, Byron Tyler suggested other areas.
The miserable weather associated with the cold front has certainly taken its toll on fishing. Still, we are receiving requests from readers as to where to fish under these circumstances.
This is just about as cold as it gets in Galveston, barring freezing weather. Fortunately, we have not had to deal with any significant freezes in several years; however, it certainly feels like it, with temperatures in the 40s and north winds gusting to close to 30 mph.
If your sights are set on fishing for the next few days, you might want to consider something else, like possibly Christmas shopping in the warm malls and stores.
The Galveston area received badly needed rain on Sunday evening, with some areas receiving over three inches. On Monday, the residual effects were somewhat noticeable. Fortunately, there were not many anglers on the water to deal with the muddy conditions.
November is behind us and now we enter the month that often has some of the coldest weather of the year. December has the reputation of having the worst freezes and, over the past 40 years, most of the major fish-killing freezes have taken place during the last half of the month.
Mentioned in a recent Reel Report was a new regulation that took effect Nov. 1 prohibiting the gathering of oysters by commercial and recreational fishermen from within 300 feet of shorelines. Included in the article was mention of the fact that the sport of gathering oysters by recreational…
The water temperature finally has settled into normal fall patterns, and as a result, fish have responded. For several weeks before Thanksgiving, we had mentioned the warm waters as a large part of the problem with fish not moving.
This has to be some of the nicest post-Thanksgiving weather that the Galveston area has experienced. Not only are the conditions ideal for outdoor activities but the fish are still biting.
The Thanksgiving holiday weekend turned out to be one of the best in years for fishing. The weather was great and just about every species of fish was biting. Also, action came from just about everywhere including the offshore waters.