Fall has finally arrived; however, it is hard to tell, as summertime conditions continue around the Galveston area.
Thursday, scattered thunderstorms added to the obstacles anglers faced; however, light southeasterly winds helped the situation. Parts of the surf were in fair-to-good shape, especially on the East End while farther west on the island, the water was not in particularly good shape.
Rod Williams fished the West End of the island Thursday morning and found the surf to appear like chocolate milk with two-foot waves rolling in. As a result, he and his group fished the bay side of the island where they found good water clarity up to 2.5 feet deep.
Williams said the morning bite was on from around 8 a.m. until 10 a.m. Most of the fish were caught on live shrimp; however, jerk baits accounted for a couple. One slot red, numerous undersized reds just under 20 inches and a couple of big croaker were the majority of the catch while ladyfish, hardhead and panfish made up the rest. Williams’ son landed his first slot red and that made his day.
Flounder are beginning to appear although not in any large numbers. West Bay seems to be where most are being caught and that is typical for early fall before the migration begins.
Jim Vernon has been monitoring and recording flounder movements around Galveston for five years and he said that anywhere from late September to early October, flounder of all sizes start making their way out of the marshes and back into West Bay.
During October, Upper West Bay has been especially good for the flatfish, as they start seriously thinking about the run. Recently it has been late October or early November before flounder start showing up along the pathways to the Gulf.
It appears that we may have some good flounder fishing ahead in just a few weeks.