The weekend is shaping up to be a good one for fishing if the wind does not kick up. Two big black drum fishing tournaments are taking place, and the results should tell us where we are on this year’s big drum migration.
Thursday started out with outstanding conditions for fishing, as a light southeast wind had the water in excellent shape and the early birds got into some nice action.
Tuesday’s cold front could set us back a few days for fishing. Unless a sudden wind change to the east or southeast takes place, we likely are looking at some low water levels for a few days.
Spring finally has arrived, and the welcoming committee (aka the Galveston area anglers) could not be more ecstatic. The freezes are behind us, and now our only nemesis for the next couple of months likely will be the wind.
This week’s wave of spring breakers will have to deal with another cold front just like the one that plagued this past week’s group. If last week’s pattern continues, the frontal system should have only temporary effects on fishing.
This week has been one of the best for fishing this year. Excellent catches of a number of varieties of fish are being reported from all around Galveston.
The black drum run definitely is in full swing. All it took was a few days of good conditions and a number of anglers hitting the water to determine that the “big uglies” are finally here.
Monday was not the day to be on the water, as a cold north wind gusting to near 30 knots had the bays chopped up and off-color. While it appears that the cold front will be out of here after Tuesday, we will have some lingering effects for a few days.
Spring break is starting off slowly; however, expect to see the hordes of visitors start showing early this week. This is especially true of the ones wanting to go fishing.
We welcome the first wave of spring break visitors this week, and those interested in fishing the Galveston area will face the same dilemma that confronts anglers each spring break and that is erratic weather.
Thursday was sacrificed to another cold front that wiped out fishing around Galveston. Hopefully by Saturday or Sunday, conditions will improve enough to allow anglers to return to the water.
On numerous occasions we have discussed spring time trophy trout fishing, and each time, it is mentioned that artificial baits, especially mullet imitation types, are the most popular and productive baits.
We have often mentioned the fact that March is one of the best months for catching that trout of a lifetime. At the same time, it was stated that March is not one of the best months for fishing, and while that seems like contradicting statements, Capt. Mike Williams had a good explanation in…
Fishing overall continued on the slow side Monday; however, there were not enough anglers on the water to get a fair assessment of where the action might be taking place.
Sunday’s Reel Report discussed March fishing and the fact that this is one of the best months to hook into that trout of a lifetime. Anglers experienced at catching those big sow trout know when to hit the water, where to go and what techniques and baits work best.
March is certainly living up to its reputation as the second windiest month of the year. The old saying that March comes in like a roaring lion and leaves like a gentle lamb would be appropriate for the weather this weekend.
Other than a nagging easterly wind, Friday was a great day. Fishing was on the slow side; however, if results from Wednesday afternoon and Thursday are any indication, action should pick up once the wind drops a bit and switches to a more southerly direction.
Another great day around Galveston and, for a change, the fishing was fairly good. The sunny warm weather began attracting anglers late morning and those that were able to make it to the Texas City Dike, Moses Lake, Seawolf Park and the beach front enjoyed some fair action on a variety of fish.
February is almost behind us, with March getting underway on Thursday. This year March should be an interesting month for fishing, as we are behind where we should be for this time of year as we discussed in Tuesday’s Reel Report.
February is winding down, and fortunately it has been a warmer month than what we experienced in January. Still, we are behind where we should be on the fishing scene.
Initial reports from the weekend indicated that black drum are showing up in greater numbers with larger fish being caught; however, most continue to be in the puppy drum size range.
Boaters had better start making alternate plans for cruising to the Galveston Ship Channel area from West Bay and Lower Galveston Bay beginning March 5.
We are beginning to have a warming trend and just about everyone is ready for it. The beach water temperature is now in the mid-60s with slightly higher readings in parts of Galveston Bay.
It appears that the black drum run is on at the Texas City Dike. We have been keeping our eyes and ears open for reports, as this is the time of year when the big fish start to appear for their annual run.
We have mentioned how the unusually cold winter during January and the first part of February has taken its toll on fishing-related businesses including bait shops, fishing guides and others.
The annual black drum run is beginning to become a focal point in the Galveston fishing community, as the Rusty Hook Fishing Club announced its 31st annual Black Drum Fishing Tournament.
While fish are being caught, the action so far this year is not up to par. I visited with several longtime Galveston Bay anglers and there was a consensus among us that the unusually cold weather this winter has been a big part of the slow down.
For the first time in weeks, I am able to give a firsthand fishing report. Yes, Polly and I made it out Friday and the best thing about the whole trip was the outboard motor got a good workout after sitting up since before Christmas.
Great conditions beginning late morning have drawn anglers to the water. This is the first good test for fishing we have had in a while and the results are encouraging.
On Tuesday, things began looking up, as our first fishing report in a number of days was received. It came from the party boat Capt. John and was from an abbreviated overnight tuna safari to the deep waters of the Gulf of Mexico.
It will not be too long before we start seeing sunny days and warmer weather. When those conditions appear, lots of boaters will be on the water, with many making their first trip of the year. A large number of those anglers will experience problems caused by their boat setting up so long.
Sometimes I hear comments from Polly that I cannot resist passing on. Sunday morning, while driving back to Galveston from near West Columbia, she asked when I thought we could go fishing again. So far, we have not wet a line together this year.
Friday’s conditions did not hold for Saturday, as we were hoping; however, we did learn something from the window of fair conditions on Thursday and Friday. Trout are in their winter feeding pattern in that they are heading out in the late afternoon to find food.
There is some good news on the fishing scene and it does have to do with catches. Action has been picking up for wade fishermen in various parts of East and West bays.
We have been addressing the jetties as a place to find good action on fish, and today we will focus on techniques and tackle needed for fishing around the rocks.
Slightly warmer weather is in the forecast this week; however, yet another cold front is scheduled to hold back any sustained warming. This is typical for this time of year and the good news is that freezes are not on the horizon.
The Galveston and Bolivar jetties, more commonly known as the South and North jetties, are some of the most popular fishing areas around Galveston. The granite rocks are over 100 years old and attract a big variety of our coastal fin fish.
Today, we continue our discussion of fishing spots in and around Galveston. In Friday’s edition, we mentioned areas not too far from Galveston Bait and Tackle, the location where the reader presenting the question launches his boat.