Tuesday was one of those days when there just was not much taking place in the way of fishing.
High pressure and a westerly wind were keeping water levels very low and, with the bright sunshine, fish were dormant.
Heip Dang sent a note that pretty well summed up the situation on Tuesday. Dang said he read Tuesday’s Reel Report on the onset of the winter doldrums, which mentioned whiting and sand trout as two popular fish to catch this time of the year.
“I fished the seawall rock groins last Sunday during an incoming tide from 8 a.m. to noon aiming for whiting, but not a single bite or nibble. The surf was very calm and water clarity was good,” Dang said. “I then went to the rock groins around 83rd Street and had the same result. I am curious as to what could be the cause? Could it be because of the cold with the whiting being farther away from the rock groins?”
Dang said he did notice several black fish fins breaking the surface around the groins, which hethought were black drum.
“It seems as though the fish are there, but no bites,” Dang said.
There are days, especially this time of year, when nothing is biting.
The colder water likely contributes to this lack of activity.
Black drum are one fish that will be found spawning very soon, and the cold water does not affect their movement.
My guess is that Dang observed black drum, as it is nearing the time when they begin showing up in large numbers.
Normally, we start observing them around the jetties and in the surf before they make it up the channel to the popular fishing spots during the annual drum run.
Capt. Mike Williams, Tarpon Express Guide Service, told me that in his many years of drum fishing, he found that March 17, St. Patrick’s Day, is about the time the big run peaks.
Incidentally, Williams feels black drum are one of the most underrated fish on the Texas Gulf coast.