The weather is finally cooperating with anglers and the action is busting open.
The bite started Tuesday and continued through the night and well into Wednesday. Black drum finally started showing in good numbers and large gafftop, sheepshead and reds of all sizes are being caught along the beachfront.
Seawolf Park is where lots of the big drum are being caught, along with good-sized sheepshead, gafftop, sand trout and stingrays.
Fishing under the lights at night has been productive all around the island, with some nice catches being reported from West Bay and especially the canals of Sea Isle and Jamaica Beach.
Wednesday morning, the jetties were producing black drum of all sizes along with reds and sheepshead.
John Andrews was one of the anglers at Seawolf Park who landed a huge black drum. The big fish was his only catch Tuesday afternoon and broken crab did the trick.
Several reports came from night fishermen who reported nice-sized reds and specks being caught, with most of the action coming from homes facing West Bay. Lots of undersized trout were feeding alongside solid slot reds and keeper trout.
Thomas Stone and Gerald Morris fished the North Jetty channel side Wednesday morning and landed a 38-inch black drum along with four in the 22- to 28-inch range. Five sheepshead to 18 inches in length rounded out their catch. Live shrimp fished on the bottom was the bait, even for the huge drum that was released.
The date for the 15th annual Texas Coastal Fishers of Men Fishing Tournament has been set and it is to be Saturday May 19. The event will continue to be headquartered at Topwater Grill in San Leon.
It appears that the good fishing weather will continue for a few days and that should allow anglers to hit the water and hopefully bring back some nice catches.