Widespread rain slowed fishing action Saturday; however, there were a number of anglers who endured the elements and did fairly well.
Offshore Texas waters will be the focal point of a lot of activity during the next 10 days as this year’s short red snapper season will be in effect.
Surprisingly, the forecast calls for tolerable conditions during the early part of this week and that will entice anglers to head out and take their two red snapper limit.
Saturday, Dean Silvers and his son Ben fished the nearshore rigs where they had a good view of land and caught limits of king mackerel, five Spanish mackerel and a nice ling.
Lester Caldwall and Ken Creecy of Pasadena endured the morning rain and fished the causeway and railroad bridges. Using both live shrimp and croaker for bait, the anglers landed 14 trout, six sheepshead, two flounder and a large black drum. All of the fish were released except the flounder and six specks.
The South Jetty has been productive for a variety of large fish lately.
Sarah Melcer was back at her favorite spot at the end of the South Jetty, Abby’s Hole, where she landed five blacktip sharks and 10 gafftop. White squid was the bait of choice.
Mike Cothran and his daughter Kate fished the South Jetty with Capt. Ron Woods where Kate landed her first shark.
Mike Nelson reported action at the North Jetty was on the slow side Saturday morning. Nelson along with two friends fished the channel side near the boat cut and landed only two specks.
Other fish caught were sheepshead, hardheads and a ladyfish.
A spot check of bait camps indicated offshore bait like Spanish sardines, cigar minnows and ice fish are in fair-to-good supply.
Ribbon fish are in a shortage; however, most camp operators feel the supplies will improve as the water gets warmer.