Spring is here and still we are having to dodge cold fronts. Warmer weather set in the last few days and with it came some excellent fishing. Along with the warmer conditions fog has been creating a nuisance for fishermen.
The warmer weather ignited some excellent action on black drum, especially the large, oversized “big uglies.” Trout catches have been picking up and pan fish remain stable for anglers looking for table fare.
Lately, there has been a surge in flounder activity both for rod-and-reel fishermen and those choosing to take their catch by gigging.
Lori, better known as the Saltwater Hooker, fished for two hours Saturday and landed 11 flounder using Flounder Pounder Curly Tail tubes. Earlier, she hosted Neil Mclaren and Bryan Houilan of Bayou Vista to a jetty trip where they landed three bull reds from 31 to 33 inches in length.
Barbara Garibaldi of Louis’ Bait Camp said that flounder are biting in Highland Bayou. William Cardell, a customer, fished the bayou from his kayak and landed a Texas Grand Slam consisting of four trout, two reds and two flounder using Chickenboy Barnyard Lures.
Jetty Joe of Galveston Bait and Tackle reported good catches of trout coming from the causeway area the last three days. Reds, black drum and sheepshead also were being landed.
Carey McNally and Joe Reid of LaMarque landed 12 trout to 3 pounds using live shrimp free-lined around the railroad bridge. McNally said that a rise in the water temperature of five degrees or more should really spark action around the old bridge.
Anglers able to make it to the jetties are taking limits of large sheepshead along with black drum of all sizes.
Speaking of black drum, several inquiries have been made recently about whether black drum are edible. Steven Costa was among that group and also asked what parts are best for consumption.
Black drum make fine table fare and I think where there comes a misconception is with the parasites or worms that many of the larger fish possess. Like most species of fish, the smaller variety is the best for consumption and, while large drum often contain worms, they are not harmful if the meat is properly cooked.
Now with that said, there is no way my better half will cook or consume fish that show signs of worms.