Beautiful summerlike weather continued to prevail over the Galveston area and, while all were enjoying it, many anglers were looking ahead to cooler weather.
An interesting note came from Don Walters, of Friendswood, who recalled previous articles talking about the full moons of October and November and their effects on fishing. Walters mentioned the fact that it had been mentioned several times in years past that the flounder run peaked between the full moons of October and November.
Walters has a good memory in that we have discussed that topic on numerous occasions and quoted one of the longtime fishing guides, Capt. Mike Williams, and his experiences with fall flounder fishing.
Williams records over the years reflect that fact. I visited with Mike a couple of years ago about the trend for several years now that the flounder run did not get well underway until mid-November and lasted until sometime in December.
Williams and I agreed that we likely are seeing a change in the patterns and now the peak is more likely to occur between the full moons of November and December.
A good example of how this delay has been noted is in the recent changes in the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department’s special flounder regulations. Early on, the November special rules, that is a reduction in bag limit to two per day and no gigging, applied from the first through 30th of November.
With so many flounder still on the run, the rules were amended a few years ago to extend the rules into December with the exception of flounder gigging which resumes December first. The bag limit for everyone continues to be two per day.
Based on reports during October, it appears that this trend is continuing this year. Perhaps the upcoming cold front will get the flounder in motion.