One of the team’s youngest members got League City Post 554’s runs parade started with a bang, and West Texas Pecos Post 460 came unraveled late as League City picked up a 14-2 win Friday in the American Legion state baseball tournament.
The Sandy Shoes Fun Run returns to Stewart Beach in Galveston on Aug. 6. The race benefits the Dennis B. Koi Cancer Treatment Fund, a charity which helps cancer patients who have financial needs.
One of the mantras in our colleges and universities — and maybe in advanced high school classes, too — is that we must teach students to think critically.
Unfortunately, unless the scammer can be identified and criminal charges filed or a civil case initiated there is little recourse to having your money returned.
Rain and more rain was the picture on Wednesday; however, forecasts call for the rain chances to diminish over the next few days and by this weekend, we should see conditions return to normal.
Anglers and a few bait camps took the day off Tuesday, as more welcomed rain came across our area. The good news is that conditions should bounce back well in time for the weekend crowd.
Sunday evening Polly and I fished the North Jetty Boat Cut area on the channel side and found some good action, but surprisingly not what we were expecting.
Fishing was excellent for the most part over the weekend. Early morning anglers and those keying on tide movement did well while those fishing later in the morning during little or no water movement came up short on catches.
Saturday morning, live shrimp supplies at most bait camps were out by 8 a.m. or earlier. Live croaker inventories were spotty, and most anglers were willing to take croaker in lieu of shrimp.
Except for the heat, near-perfect conditions for fishing prevailed over the Galveston area on Friday. Anglers on the water early had the best luck and just about all of the typical summertime hot spots paid off.
Thursday was a great day to be on the water if the heat does not bother you. Both offshore and inshore fishing are in summertime prime time.
Excellent fishing conditions have prevailed recently around the Galveston Bay Complex. Light winds for the most part were an enticement to hit the water and those anglers who did found the fish biting.
There is a small percentage of fishermen who seem to always bring home fish. Is it luck or something else that results in their success? Something else, I can assure you.
Sunday, fishing improved in the surf, and upper West Bay and the deeper parts of East Bay also gave up some nice fish. Also, offshore action continues its hot pace.
Mid-July heat continues to plague fishermen and is keeping many anglers off the water during the day. Off-color water also remains a problem; however, more areas are beginning to shape up.
Friday, we saw a continuation of the extreme heat causing many anglers to postpone trips. With the forecast switch to a southeast wind this weekend, we should start seeing a lot of improvement in conditions for fishing.
Anglers finally should be getting a break in the weather as the winds are switching from the south to southeast and dropping in velocity
Fishing conditions are improving and it is about time.
Tuesday, my plans were to get back out on the water and test some areas that were not roughed up by all of the wind this week. After rising just as good daylight was setting in, I noticed the palm trees swaying in the wind and decided to wait until another day.
This weekend, offshore anglers are going to have an added dimension for fishing, as the 2016 Gulf shrimping season opens at sunset on Friday.
Seas running to 5 feet, and even higher in some areas, are keeping the smaller offshore boats at the dock; however, the larger boats in the fleet are bringing back some nice catches.
Williams Party Boats had both of their vessels offshore this weekend, and an interesting event took place on the Texsun II, giving one of the mackerel fishermen what must have been the surprise of his life.
While fishing has been tough lately, there has been a saving grace in the outstanding crabbing taking place. Apparently crabs are insensitive to hot, off-color water and are scattered all around the Galveston Bay Complex.
Recently, there has been some publicity about limiting consumption of speckled trout and other fish caught in the Galveston Bay Complex because of a toxic waste site affecting the upper reaches of the bay system.
Fishing continues on the slow side and likely will remain slow until a change in wind direction takes place.
While we go through a cycle of the doldrums for fishing, let’s take a look at what likely lies ahead for Galveston anglers once conditions settle and the bite returns.
The strong south to southwest winds on Monday continued to keep fishing at a standstill. The surf, bays and offshore near rigs all were just too rough, too warm and too off-color to attract fish or fishermen.
A south wind gusting to over 20 knots changed things around on the fishing scene. The hot, dry wind has the surf and bays messed up, and until a change takes place, fishing likely will be on the slow side.
Friday, I made my first offshore trip of the year. When rounding the South Jetty, there were a number of boats scattered around the surf, and my hunch was that they were tarpon fishing.
Several readers have asked about where to fish during the holiday weekend and what would be biting? The best answer is to give an account of what has been biting this week.
The South Jetty Gulf side was in excellent shape Thursday, with calm green water.
Wednesday, conditions reminded me of August, my favorite month for fishing the Galveston area. A light northerly breeze bringing warm dry air across the area is typical of many days during the Dog Days of Summer.
The heat and weak tides slowed fishing Tuesday; however, better days should be ahead as the big holiday weekend approaches.
Good chances of rain over the next day or so are about the only drawback to fishing this week — that is unless the heat bothers you.
Monday, we have a quarter moon with its associated weaker tidal movement. However, as the week progresses, we head toward the new moon phase taking place on July 4.
Many anglers will be heading offshore on July Fourth, with a good number of them making their first trip. It should be noted that the regulations governing fish in federal waters are much more complex and lengthy than our state regulations.
The big news on the fishing scene is not the hot trout action, but the first tarpon of the year being caught along the beach front.
This week, we have seen some of the best fishing of the year. While the floods kept action to a minimum and virtually eliminated many parts of the Galveston Bay Complex for fishing, things are improving.
Wednesday, the bite was on and according to Capt. Mike Williams it was the Full Moon Bite!
Thunderstorms crossing the Galveston Bay Complex on Tuesday morning shortened most fishing trips. Earlier, calm conditions contributed to a couple of nice catches.
The water is beginning to take on a nicer look around the Galveston area. Light winds recently have contributed to the better clarity, and as a result, fishing has picked up.
While we are fortunate to have some excellent technology for accurately forecasting weather, often the weather patterns change suddenly and, likewise, the forecasts.
Often I feel that publishing notes from readers conveys messages better than attempting to paraphrase the facts. Here is what one angler had to say about recent fishing.
Earlier this week, there was a tragic event involving a shark bite on a young child on the west end of Galveston Island.
Uncomfortably warm conditions continued to prevail over the Galveston area on Thursday. Hopefully the hot, dry weather has contributed to better salinity levels.
This week we have jumped into our summertime fishing patterns as a spell of hot, humid weather has taken over.
A good question came from Otis Rushing who asked about our offshore fishing and if it appears that we are in for another summer of off-color water in the nearshore Gulf.
All of us are waiting anxiously for the salinity levels to start improving, and that likely will take a while longer as rivers and streams feeding into the Galveston Bay Complex continue to be swollen with flood waters.
The success of recent fishing trips has been determined by where you fish. With the recent concentrations of trout in relatively small areas, it definitely has been the key to catching limits of trout lately.
Poor water quality from all of the flooding definitely affected fishing Saturday afternoon, but night fishing proved to be a good choice Friday night and into the wee hours of Saturday.
Trout action continues to make the news with nice fish being caught in good numbers from several areas off Galveston Island and Bolivar Peninsula.
My last choice for fishing Thursday, the Gulf side of the South Jetty, turned out to be a winner. The water clarity was remarkably better than any other spot, and near the rocks approximately 1 mile from the beach, the action turned on.
Trout action continues to top the fishing news and Wednesday provided a continuation of the hot action anglers have been having on trout all week.
The trout action has turned on with easy limits of the popular fish being taken by most anglers knowing where to fish. One of the popular fishing guides reported a 9-pound, 9-ounce trout being caught Monday that is sure to take the lead in the CCA-Texas Star Fishing Tournament currently underway.
A beautiful sunny day finally appeared around the Galveston Bay Complex on Monday. Light winds were part of it; however, the freshwater runoffs continue to have an effect on fishing.
Before sitting down to do Monday’s Reel Report, I reviewed last year’s articles during this same time period, and it is easy to conclude that this year’s floods are causing more problems that the 2015 floods.
Saturday was a washout with no boats on the water, at least during the early part of the day. Heavy rain continues to saturate the Galveston Bay Complex, and it appears that it will be a while before conditions improve much for fishing.
This year’s Hall of Fame Fishing Tournament got off to a rough start with all of the stormy weather we have been experiencing. Still, some impressive fish have been weighed in.
Red snapper season started out on a good note as far as catches go. The handicap was the weather, as bumpy seas and stormy weather limited the fishing to only the larger seaworthy boats.
Unsettled weather prevailed over the Galveston area Wednesday; however, that did not slow the action for a few anglers.
Today begins the nine-day season for recreational anglers on private boats to fish for red snapper. The charter boat and party boat season for the popular fish also begins on June 1; however, it runs through July 16, a 46-day season versus a nine-day term for private boats.
Anglers hitting the water early Monday avoided the crowded conditions later and also the wind increase that began in the early afternoon. Trout action has been consistent, although not in the quantities as hoped but the overall quality made up for it.