October finally has arrived and it appears that it will be a while before typical October weather sets in. This is one of the favorite months for many fishermen to hit the water, as the fishing is usually good and the weather is much more comfortable than midsummer.
Saturday, live shrimp was in tight supply around Galveston, with most bait shops running out early if in fact they had supplies at all. Jimmy Gleason called in to say that he found supplies of live shrimp at bait shops along the Texas City Dike but once he crossed the causeway, white flags were not to be seen.
Reds continue to dominate the fishing reports from both daytime and nighttime fishing. Ten-year-old Clara Fullilove had a great night of fishing under the dock lights at Bayou Vista on Friday night where she caught a 22-inch red and several specks. TTK double shrimp trout rigs did the trick.
Dean Silvers and his son Ben made a last fishing trip before the younger Silvers heads to New Zealand to hike the 830-mile Te Araroa Trail. Using live shrimp for bait, they caught a 21-inch slot red, 18-inch speck and a big sheepshead. Mangrove snapper were the only other noteworthy fish caught. The action came from the spoils of the Intracoastal Waterway.
Stanley Roark fished Seawolf Park on Saturday morning and landed two reds, a 23-inch slot and a 29-inch bull red. Both fish were released. Roark said he saw several anglers catch some nice-sized flounder using live fingerling mullet for bait.
John Hatcher of Sea Isle reported some nice catches of large reds, sharks and stingrays by anglers fishing near him in the surf at San Luis Pass. Most of the fishermen were using cut bait. Hatcher said he used a gold spoon and the only fish he caught was a small Spanish mackerel that was released.