March is certainly living up to its reputation as the second windiest month of the year. The old saying that March comes in like a roaring lion and leaves like a gentle lamb would be appropriate for the weather this weekend.
Wind gusts from the east at more than 30 mph kept most anglers off the water and those that tried to fish from docks and piers did not find much action Saturday.
March and well into April can be one of the most frustrating times to fish the Galveston Bay Complex. The weather is constantly changing, with one day sunny with light to moderate winds and the next a virtual blowout with wind, cloudy skies and often thunderstorms.
Friday and Saturday were good examples of this. On Friday, conditions were good for fishing. That afternoon Capt. Jim West of Bolivar Guide Service posted a picture of a stringer of quality specks caught at Rollover Pass with the caption “Rollover is spitting out some good ones!”
West, who knows East Bay and surrounding areas about as good as anyone, knew where to take advantage of the window of nice conditions; however, I doubt that the action continued on Saturday with a strong east wind whipping things up.
This is spring time in Texas and I have often mentioned to spring break visitors to take note of the weather when they arrive because upon departure it will be different. Rarely has that statement not been accurate.
Patience is the key and keeping a watchful eye on the weather forecasts can be a useful habit to ensure a good fishing trip this month. March and April are known for trophy trout, as some of the largest specks of the year come from anglers knowing when and where to fish.
Monday we will discuss some tips by anglers experienced in finding and landing those “wall-hanger” trout.