This year’s continuation of warm weather well into the fall has resulted in mangrove snapper continuing to hang around. Mangroves or gray snapper, as they also are called, are warm-water fish and are quite sensitive to cold water. In fact during freeze events, they are among the first fish to be found as victims of the cold.
Tuesday, Cyril Askew and Jessie Moyes fished the Galveston Channel targeting flounder and ended up with over a dozen good-sized sand trout and five mangroves up to 12 inches in length. Live shrimp was the bait for the trout and mangroves, while Gulps were used to try to take some flounder. Only one 13-inch flat fish was caught and it hit a live shrimp.
Golden croaker are running in the surf. Jack Matter fished the surf in front of the seawall Monday and landed a large number of bull croaker.
Swan Lake continues to produce some nice flounder and other fish. David Laymance and Rudy Morin fished that area Monday and caught 20 reds, retaining six, and two large flounder measuring 20 and 23 inches. Four-inch New Penny Gulps with chartreuse tails did the trick and the bite turned on around 8 a.m.
John Houston and two friends fished the Gulf side of the North Jetty on Tuesday and landed two bull reds and 13 sand trout. Cut shad was the bait.
It appears that wind will be an issue for anglers over the next couple of days, as a cold front is headed our way. Once conditions settle, look for the action to pick up.