Based on fishing reports, or the lack thereof, it feels like we are in the middle of January rather than August. A dangerously high heat index combined with strong winds off the South Texas dry lands have kept fishermen off the water and looking ahead to better times.
Hopefully, some relief will come by this weekend with a shift in wind direction.
Tuesday had just about everything going against it for fishing. In addition to the heat and wind, a weak single tide change added to the woes of fishermen. That, too, will change as double tide changes return today.
For the remainder of August, it is likely anglers will find fish in deeper waters. The hot days will continue; however, when better tidal movement returns with a more southeasterly wind along with double-day tide changes, fishing will improve.
Just about every angler I visit with asks about the prized speckled trout and the sparse year overall we have had landing them. Most fishing guides I have contacted tell me they are working harder for fewer trout this year. While most are returning from their trips with nice trout, the numbers are down from previous years.
Fortunately, we do not have any events to cite as the culprits. Fish-killing freezes and red tides, two of the more devastating events on trout, have spared the Upper Texas Coast this year.
We reported earlier that gill net surveys by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department last spring indicated a healthy stock of trout in the Galveston Bay complex.
Upper Texas Coast anglers are not alone. Last week I visited with a friend in Rockport who echoed the same story from his area. Several fishing guides there purportedly are focusing on black drum as an alternative to trout.
Hang in there. Perhaps trout are waiting until fall to go on a feeding rampage.