Flounder action seems to have stalled with the recent warming trend, as reports from some of the key areas indicate spotty catches, with mostly the smaller males being caught. While bait is abundant in the bays, the flat fish likely will be slow to move.
Trout and reds on the other hand are being caught in good numbers along with large croaker along the beach front. Trout action in West Bay is picking up with more and more limits crossing the cleaning tables.
Galveston Bait and Tackle reported some nice catches of the big three from their customers, with flounder continuing to be on the small side.
Saturday, we have the full moon of November, a time when the flounder run should start in full swing.
Capt. Mike Williams of Tarpon Express Guide Service has been keeping records of the annual flounder migration for decades. A number of years ago he shared with me some of his findings and one was that the period between the full moons of October and November is when the flounder run reaches its peak and then starts tapering off.
A couple of years ago, Williams and I were discussing the fall run and he told me that with the warmer than usual weather of the last few years, he feels that now the prime time is between the November and December full moons.
The bays are full of large flounder, as reflected by recent pictures of big sows being caught in West Bay, Highland Bayou and Moses Lake.
Flounder trips I have been on around Thanksgiving have been the most productive for size and quality for a number of years now. Jimmy Hebert, a long time Galveston area fisherman, told me that it is not until you see flocks of geese and ducks flying around the bay that flounder will get moving.