Saturday was not the most pleasant day for anglers to be on the water.
Unfortunately, it was the day of the annual Point Fishing Tournament, headquartered at the Galveston Yacht Basin.
Lots of participants fished for prizewinning black drum; however, the catch this year was below par compared to past tournaments.
Moderate-to-strong northeast winds and overcast conditions were the culprits in keeping many other anglers off the water. Reports from bait camps around the area indicated poor fishing overall.
Galveston Bait and Tackle’s only report of fish came from anglers fishing the rocks below the causeway bridge where black drum, sheepshead and gafftop were caught.
Bulldog’s Bait Shop reported slow action in the surf, with mainly pan fish being taken by anglers fishing the rock groins and beach-front fishing piers.
If last week’s action is any indication of what we can expect when conditions settle, the jetties are the place to fish.
Reports from 3-G Charters at the bait camp by the same name indicated that their charters had landed good numbers of black drum, reds of all sizes and large sheepshead at both jetties.
April can be one of the most frustrating months to fish with the constantly changing weather and moderate winds. This is the windiest month of the year when the average wind speed is higher than all other months.
The best approach, if your schedule is flexible, is to watch for windows of good conditions and take advantage of them. Checking the five-day weather forecast is a good way to plan your trips.