We are in that time of year when pan fish dominate the catches around the Galveston Bay Complex.
Yes, trout, reds and a few flounder will be showing up during windows of favorable conditions; however, black drum and whiting will soon begin to dominate the fishing reports.
Any day now, we should start hearing of more and more black drum moving up the Houston Ship Channel as February is normally when the annual run begins.
March tends to be the big month when anglers seeking the thrill of fighting an offshore caliber fish have the best opportunity to make a hook-up.
Around the same time, whiting make their run in the surf and many spring break visitors focus on the tasty, but generally small, fish.
The Henry Randolph family from Grand Prairie has spent their last five spring holidays from school on West Galveston Island, and among the activities they enjoy is fishing the surf for whiting.
Henry is originally from Grand Junction, Colo., and was accustomed to fishing for trout of about the same size in brooks and mountain streams nearby.
He equates a freshly cleaned, whole whiting pan fried to the best of the mountain trout he has caught.
“Clean them the same way as you do the small rainbow and brown trout, batter them in corn meal and fry whole in a cast iron skillet,” Randolph said. His family often eats them cooked that way for breakfast with eggs, biscuits and peach preserves.
On the fishing scene, the party boat Capt. John had a productive trip offshore last weekend.
A 36-hour tuna safari with 37 anglers aboard was made to fishing grounds more than 100 miles out of Galveston where Capt. Johnny Williams and his Co-Captain, Jill Williams, placed their guests to fish.
Their catch included 148 red snapper to 22 pounds, 179 blackfin tuna along with king mackerel, pompano, amberjack, grouper and other varieties of snapper.