This week looks like another chilly one and not a pleasant time to be on the water. While there is not a threat of freezing conditions when temperatures hover in the 40s and 50s, it is cold along the Texas coast.
If the forecasts hold, this will be the first January that I can recall that did not offer any windows of warm comfortable days for fishing. Another cold front is making its way across our area and that pretty well confirms the prediction.
Sunday, I retrieved my fishing logs from back in the 1990s and looked at January and February for the years that I had retained records. For whatever reason, the only years shown were 1990, 91, 92, 96, 97 and 98.
So, for six years during the first two months of the year, I made only three fishing trips during January and all were to the jetties where mostly sand trout were caught. In 1990, I noted catching over 100 sandies while retaining over 20, all over a pound in weight.
In February, during those six years, there were eight trips and all were offshore. Ironically, five were on one of the two big Mardi Gras weekends. At that time, my fishing trips were basically limited to weekends.
The offshore trips all were productive, with a variety of fish being caught that included red snapper, Gulf trout, grouper, a variety of inshore pan fish wintering in the Gulf, along with several red fish that had to be released as they were caught in federal waters. Practically all of the trips were to the old Buccaneer Field or the series of platforms about 12 to 15 miles out of San Luis Pass.
The offshore results indicate that February can be a great time to head to the rigs to catch a variety of fish for the table.