There is some good news on the fishing scene and it does have to do with catches. Action has been picking up for wade fishermen in various parts of East and West bays.
Thursday afternoon, several anglers returned to Galveston Bait and Tackle’s cleaning table with stringers of trout and reds caught while wade fishing the shorelines of upper West Bay. Darrell Hancock and a friend caught seven trout to 20 inches along with two slot reds while wade fishing the area along the Intracoastal Waterway just west of Harborwalk. Corkies and 52M series Mirrolures were the baits.
Over in East Bay the action was on the north shoreline late Thursday with a combination of live shrimp and soft plastics taking the fish. Two anglers returned to the Bolivar Yacht Basin Bait Camp with stringers of fish caught while wade fishing the shoreline across the bay from the bait camp. Five trout, three reds, three black drum and a lone 14-inch flounder made up their catch.
Jim Minter reported it after observing the fish in an ice chest. He said the anglers told him that the water was still cold and that the bite was light, as the fish were moving slowly. Minter was told that the hits were much like using plastic worms in freshwater. First a slight hit and after waiting a few seconds the hook was set. Several fish were lost before the anglers realized that they were reacting too fast to a hit.
This should be a good sign for anglers, as it appears that trout and other fish are beginning to enjoy an afternoon feeding which is typical for this time of year.
If light winds hold for this weekend, the coves between Pirates Cove and Jamaica Beach might be worth trying for wade fishermen.