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Sunday afternoon, conditions began improving with clear skies and plenty of sunshine. A brisk north wind held anglers back; however, by Monday, everything should be in order for some nice times on the water.

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Another typical April day was upon us on Thursday, as strong winds held things back on the fishing scene. The weekend forecasts do not lend much optimism with the continuation of such conditions, with thunderstorms thrown in on Saturday.

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Offshore recreational anglers received some good news Tuesday, as the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) will be taking over the management of red snapper stocks in Federal Waters outside of Texas.

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We have been hearing from a number of readers who are finding windows of fair to good fishing during conditions that otherwise do not favor wetting a line. Several of the reports have come from anglers fishing around islands created by the spoils from dredging channels and the Intracoastal W…

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What has happened to springtime in Galveston? While we have learned to accept windy weather during April, this weekend winter temperatures set in along with strong winds often exceeding gale force strength.

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This weekend’s weather is not helping fishing, as the trend continues with strong winds and, in general, unsettled conditions. The elements are more of a handicap for anglers than they are for fish.

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Wednesday turned out to be a beautiful day around Galveston, with conditions overall favorable for fishing. There were some unconfirmed reports of shark action around San Luis Pass, with the Brazoria side being where most of the action was taking place.

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Saturday, conditions were just too windy to get near the water and it appears that the lingering effects will last for a few days.

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Tournament anglers should mark their calendars for Saturday, April 28. That is the day of the 2018 Texas Anglers Charity Classic sponsored by NOV and Transocean.

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April certainly is living up to its designation as the windiest month of the year. Wednesday, gale force winds sometimes hitting 40 mph were pounding the Galveston area and with it fishing came to a halt.

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There is not much in the way of good news on the fishing scene for the next few days, as turbulent weather continues to raise its ugly head again. While we have been dealing with frontal systems causing grief to anglers all year long, we now have an added problem with flooding along the Trin…

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April is the month when the saltwater fishing season really gets started. Warm weather begins to set in, and, along with the warming waters, our first pelagic fish of the year begin to appear along the beach front.

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The Easter Weekend was a dandy for just about anything you wanted to do around water. Warm temperatures and a moderate southeast breeze contributed to some nice catches from all around the Galveston Bay Complex.

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Friday, the Easter weekend forecasts looked very promising for fishing, with a southeasterly wind and warm, sunny weather. If wind velocities hold in the light to moderate range, look for some excellent action, especially in the surf.

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The forecasts are calling for unsettled weather through Thursday, with a good chance of heavy thunderstorms. Conditions should improve by this weekend; however, the next couple of days do not look like the best for fishing.

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Two big tournaments took place last weekend, the Rusty Hook Black Drum Tournament and the Turning Point Tournament for the Physically Disadvantaged.

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Anglers planning to fish the surf over the next few days need to be aware of the possibilities of riptides, as strong southerly winds are likely to create conditions favorable for development.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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…

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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.

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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.