October is here and it certainly does not feel like fall. Thursday morning I checked Reel Reports for the first week of October for the last five years and the same situation existed: warm weather and fishing was basically hit or miss.
This year, while summerlike conditions continue, fishing has been excellent around the Galveston area. This has been largely due to the heavy influx of floodwaters pushing trout and other fish from the upper reaches of the Galveston Bay Complex closer to the coast. Reds in particular have been the constant in the equation.
Now, with lower Galveston along with East and West bays getting better salinity levels, we could see a change in our fishing patterns. There likely will be some sort of migration taking place from the coast, as speckled trout and other fish head back into the bays.
One area that could see some hot action is around San Leon and the Houston Ship Channel Spoil Banks. Gas wells just outside of the ship channel in that area would be worth testing as well.
Bull reds most likely will hang around closer to the Gulf and along with them there should be a number of pelagic offshore fish making their annual run closer to shore before migrating south.
Looking ahead to the forecasts, it does not appear that much relief will come our way, at least for the next week or so.
John Sabo, a serious flounder fisherman, starts keeping track of certain spots where flounder first appear as they think about their journey to the Gulf. Two of his key indicators are platforms located in Upper West Bay situated about 2 miles apart. Sabo said that neither spot has produced any flounder so far this season.
His feeling is that the water temperature will need to drop into the low to mid 70s before much movement takes place.