A shortage of live shrimp confronted anglers Friday and Saturday, and many were expressing their frustrations to the bait camp operators.
A combination of heavy fishing traffic and poor catches by the shrimpers was the culprit.
The Galveston Bay Complex is going through a seasonal transition where shrimp are not migrating to and from the estuaries.
Often during the heat of the summer, especially from the July 4 holiday through much of August, live shrimp supplies tend to be limited and it is always best to call ahead to your favorite bait shop to check on their inventories or ask that a quart or so be put aside for your group.
On the fishing scene, reports indicate spotty catches, with many anglers blaming the live shrimp shortage in part.
Barbara Garibaldi, Louis’ Bait Camp, said that although she was out of live shrimp, lots of nice fish were brought in by anglers who used either fresh bait or artificials.
Bobby Martin of Bayou Vista and his friend Ray Gartman were forced to use dead shrimp for bait and had a tough morning of fishing Saturday. Greens Lake, Carancahua Cut and Harborwalk all produced sparse results for the anglers.
Capt. Ron Woods, 2 Fish’Aholics Charters, hosted David Melcer, John Lebus and James Tittle to a jetty trip where the three anglers landed, tagged and retained a bull red each. Several sharks to four feet were also landed.
Offshore conditions were close to ideal Saturday and the only report received by press time was from Gerald Peterson who fished platforms from 10 to 20 miles south of the jetties. Peterson and his three guests landed bull reds (all released), sharks to an estimated 6 feet long, Gulf or sand trout (none of the anglers could distinguish between the two) and a variety of reef fish including spadefish, small red snapper and large piggy perch. Six trout and a 35-inch sharpnose shark were the only fish retained.