Other than a nagging easterly wind, Friday was a great day. Fishing was on the slow side; however, if results from Wednesday afternoon and Thursday are any indication, action should pick up once the wind drops a bit and switches to a more southerly direction.
It appears that Sunday might be the day. Bait is on the move and that is an encouraging sign. Shrimp boats are working close to shore and that usually is a sign of the spring migration getting underway.
Anglers interested in black drum, especially the big ones, should be prepared for action busting open any day now.
The Texas City Dike has been producing a fair number of the oversized fish and once wind velocities drop and boats can safely make it to areas between the dike and jetties, more of the big drum should start showing.
Jimmy Noel and I were visiting at the Houston Fishing Show this week and he asked why there were not more reports coming from the old Bolivar Gas Wells. I could not give him an answer and he said that, while a number of the wells have been removed, there remain some good fishing grounds where lots of large black drum feed during the spring migration.
Noel pointed out that the area is not as popular this time of year as it is during the summer; however, it does draw a lot of fish moving in and out of Upper Galveston and East Bays.
I looked over March Reel Reports from the last three years and there were a few reports from the Bolivar Wells. A variety of fish were being caught including large black drum, sheepshead, whiting, stingrays and reds.
It sounds like that area should be added to the list of spots to fish for black drum.