Monday was a great day to be on the water for just about everything except fishing.
Offshore fishing is turning on a little early this year, and likely it is due to a warmer than normal winter and the encouraging presence of Sargasso in the Gulf.
Saturday, good conditions continued for fishermen although there was a shift to a southwest wind early. The not so popular wind did not last, as a shift to the south and southeast followed by late morning.
Friday was San Jacinto Day in Texas and for old timers on the Galveston Bay fishing scene, it marked the official beginning of the saltwater fishing season.
Thursday continued where Wednesday left off as it was a great day to be on the water. A southeast breeze of light to moderate levels had the water clear and fishing was only fair due to the effects of the first quarter stage of the moon. The first and last quarters are when the tides are the…
Another great day of fishing around the Galveston area and everyone is asking how long this will last. My guess is that until we have a change in conditions, such as a wind change to an adverse direction, weak tidal movement or unsettled weather returning.
What a difference a change of wind direction makes for fishing. Almost all areas around the Galveston Bay Complex were producing fish for Saturday’s big crowd of anglers.
A wind shift to the southeast should do wonders for fishing this holiday weekend. The warmer temperatures, along with the warmer waters, should add to the positives for fishermen and it is possible we could see a run of speckled trout along the jetties.
Not much is taking place on the fishing scene, as wind continues to plague the area. Fortunately there appears to be relief in sight later this week as conditions are forecast to improve by Thursday or Friday.
There was a lot of anticipation that the beachfront would turn on Saturday, as conditions were ripening for some excellent fishing. Unfortunately, the wind raised its ugly velocity early and what was anticipated as a flat, green surf turned out to be choppy and off-color.
Friday, bay waters were clearing nicely, although levels remained quite low. Not much was taking place on the fishing scene; however, conditions were shaping up for potentially good fishing this weekend.
Morning wind continues to plague fishermen; however, conditions have been improving at night with some nice catches being reported from anglers fishing under the lights.
Monday was so inviting to take off and go fishing that at least one angler developed a case of spring fever and called in sick to work. To help cure his ails, he decided to go fishing and with the light winds early Monday, the jetties were his choice.
The threat of heavy thunderstorms kept many anglers away from the water Sunday and for those who hit some of the protected areas, there were some fish caught.
Saturday morning, Polly and I participated in the annual Mallard Lake Club Bass Tournament near West Columbia. While most of the time the club’s lake is easily fishable in strong winds, this time a nagging east wind gusting to near 30 knots made for some uncomfortable fishing.
March is ending on a good note, as warmer and sunny weather likely will prevail this last day of the month. Wind will continue to be an issue and yet another cold front is on its way.
Wednesday, all eyes were on the weather. While Galveston itself managed to escape the worst of it, other areas along the Galveston Bay Complex were hit with strong winds and heavy rain.
Gusty winds caught the attention of everyone Tuesday and it appears that we will be dealing with these winds for a few days. The beach water temperature continues to climb and now is hovering around 75 degrees, which is all the better for fishing.
The water is warming and fishing continues to improve. Sunday, good conditions prevailed all morning and it wasn’t until the afternoon that the wind started picking up.
Saturday was one of those unusual days, as far as wind is concerned. Before noon a strong southwest wind gusting to over 30 knots kept anglers from heading out. As the day progressed, the wind switched to the north with moderate to strong velocities and by afternoon a light southeast wind set in.
The windy conditions set in on Friday as was expected and kept fishing to a bare minimum. Wind velocities to well over 20 knots kept boaters away from the open waters and the jetties. The surf was not fishable on Friday and this scenario likely will last through Saturday.
Both offshore and inshore fishing has turned on, with the warm weather and light to moderate south to southeast winds. This pattern likely will be interrupted as strong winds are in the forecast from several days ahead.
If the unusually low water levels in the Galveston Bay Complex are puzzling you, many others are amazed as well and asking what is causing it. The quick answer is the moon’s position combined with the spring equinox that occurred last Monday. Those factors are distorting the forecasted tide …
Another “Chamber of Commerce Day” prevailed around Galveston on Tuesday. Lots of the second wave of spring breakers were out enjoying the beautiful weather and those that chose to go fishing caught some nice fish.
What a difference a week makes! You may recall that the first week of spring break started off with cool, windy and damp weather resulting in conditions that were not good for fishing. Unfortunately for our visitors, those conditions prevailed until almost the end of the week.
Spring finally has arrived and not too soon for most anglers. The weekend weather helped get everyone prepared for its arrival, and, with it, speckled trout began to come alive.
This week’s group of spring break visitors should enjoy considerably better conditions for fishing than last week’s vacationers. Sunny weather with light to moderate winds should prevail for at least the early part of the week
On the fishing scene, black drum are making the news as the big annual run is on. Sheepshead, whiting and a few sand trout are taking up the slack. The wind has been a big deterrent lately; however, it has not stopped the action.
Tuesday was a great day to enjoy around Galveston, as sunny skies prevailed and wind velocities began dropping around noon. Aside from cooler than normal temperatures, conditions were almost ideal for afternoon fishing.
The sun finally appeared Monday, along with another of the frequent cold fronts we have been experiencing lately. Finally, at least something is improving with the weather.
Sunday should have ended the successive days of unfavorable conditions for outdoor activities. Cold north winds gusting to around 30 knots along with drizzle kept anglers by the fireside.
The first wave of spring break visitors arrive this week and many are asking about fishing. The most common questions are how will the fishing be this week and where can I fish?
After the fog lifted Thursday morning, a light east to southeast wind invited anglers to hit the water. Only a few were able to take advantage of this window of favorable conditions, and from the two reports received, it appears we are well into the black drum run.
The beach water temperature continues to hover in the mid-60s and, while it is not affecting the black drum run, other fish, especially trout are waiting for post 70-degree readings before coming active.
While the weekend and Monday were blowouts and rainouts as far as fishing was concerned, better weather appears to be ahead for later this week. That is good news, as many anglers are anxious to get out and wet a line.
Just about everyone connected to coastal fishing is getting their fill of the unsettled weather we have been experiencing lately. This week appears to be another one when we will have on again, off again weather for fishing.