The big Fourth of July weekend is approaching, and conditions are shaping up for some fine fishing. Wednesday, weak tidal movement slowed action; however, that did not stop Capt. Dean Chiles, Hook’um Guide Service, from finding some nice trout for his guests.
Chiles hosted the Roberts family of Sugar Land and placed them into fish along the Galveston Ship Channel. Using jigs and croaker for bait, the group landed nine trout to 4 pounds.
The forecast continues to call for light north winds today and Friday — a perfect setup for some outstanding fishing in the surf.
We now have two tagged reds that have been caught in the CCA Texas STAR Tournament, and the anglers are undergoing polygraph tests this week. Gina Rice, tournament spokeswoman, said she hopes the results of the tests will be known soon.
Rice also had some good news for tournament participants seeking a tagged red. The STAR tagging teams are releasing 25 percent more tagged redfish just in time for Fourth of July fishing. That means more than 60 tagged redfish will be in the water and worth truck/boat packages valued at more than $70,000 each.
The sixth annual West Bay Slam Fishing Tournament will be Saturday at West End Marina at Sea Isle. The entry fee is $80. For more information, call 713-594-4252.
For boaters who enjoy participating in a boat parade, the Havre Lafitte Homeowners Association will be hosting one Saturday. The event will begin at the Galveston Boat Club at 6 p.m., and the parade route will go from there to Lake Madeline, where boats will circle the lake and return to the starting point.
The parade is designed for smaller boats, as larger vessels could have a problem making it under the Jones Drive Bridge.
The event is free. For details, call Randall Laine at 409-741-0035.