When the wind calms and the water clears, the fish will be biting. Wednesday was a good example of that slogan. The abrupt change in conditions from Tuesday to Wednesday is something rarely seen around the Galveston area this time of year.
Tuesday, small craft advisories were in effect with southwest winds blowing at near gale-force strength. By late evening, the wind died and the bays were flat.
When I awoke Wednesday, I saw the flat water and knew it likely would be an excellent fishing day, and it was.
While I could not go fishing, those who did found specks hitting around the causeway and railroad bridges, East Bay and along Pelican Island.
Bulldog’s Bait Shop reported a nice catch of sow trout to more than 25 inches by Trey Ferguson. The action took place along Pelican Island on live croaker.
Henry Abel and George Cutler fished outside of the old Santa Fe Railroad Bridge early Wednesday and landed 14 specks to 19 inches, four sheepshead and a slot red. Live shrimp fished deep under a popping cork was the bait.
Also fishing the old bridge but closer to the opening for the Intracoastal Waterway was Sal Gomez and his cousin Raul Mendez. The two anglers from Missouri City landed eight specks, two flounder, two sheepshead and a 23-inch black drum while free-lining live shrimp.
Jack Gilbert, Andy Meyer and Pat Scott fished reefs in East Bay on Wednesday and caught 11 specks, several ladyfish and a small jack crevalle using live shrimp while drifting over shell.
Jimmy Garner, 3-G Charters, landed a king that hit the scales at more than 44 pounds Monday. The big fish was caught during a last-day red snapper trip. Wednesday, Garner’s son Matt landed two ling in the same size range as the big king.
Garner, who also operates 3-G Bait Camp at the Galveston Yacht Basin, said mostly sharks were been brought in from the jetties Wednesday.