Spring finally has arrived and not too soon for most anglers. The weekend weather helped get everyone prepared for its arrival, and, with it, speckled trout began to come alive.
Sunday was the first day in a while when conditions were such that anglers could fish the jetties. The results were excellent from around the granite rocks, as the action has expanded from the Galveston Channel area, where just about all of the big catches took place last week.
Gerald Hanson was one of those jetty fishermen and he found action on sheepshead, black drum, speckled trout and reds from just east of the North Jetty Boat Cut on the channel side. Live shrimp was the bait.
Malcolm Mencacci had his four year-old grandson R.T. with him Sunday morning while fishing the rocks. Their first four casts resulted in trout, all measuring over 20 inches. Eight trout out of a limit of 10 were retained, with the largest being taped at 22 inches. R.T. reeled in three on his own. The action came from 6 feet of water where the water temperature was 69 degrees.
Large black drum continue to be caught along the Galveston Channel, with a 33-inch brute being landed and released from near the Texas A&M Galveston Campus by Frank Griffith.
Bulldog’s Bait Shop reported a causeway area catch by a customer who landed eight trout to 20 inches and two puppy drum using live shrimp for bait.
Our hard-luck story of the day came from Seth Landry, who hooked a huge speckled trout while fishing near the Causeway Railroad Bridge and lost the fish as it was being netted. Landry said the fish was easily an eight-to-nine pounder and it hit a large free-lined live shrimp.