What is meant by the term “pre-frontal bite”? That question was asked by three readers Tuesday after that morning’s Reel Report relayed a comment by one of the popular guides in this area using it to describe what he felt Tuesday’s fishing conditions would be like.
Before addressing this, I must mention the remark of one reader who said it sounded like a dental diagnosis. Well, it does not have to do with teeth, but not human teeth. It is a phenomenon that often takes place just before a strong cold front arrives.
The pre-frontal bite is triggered when barometric pressure, which affects fishing in various ways, drops suddenly, sending a message to fish that a change in the weather is on the way. The message is that they should fill their stomachs now, as conditions might not be suitable later.
Tuesday, light winds along with good tidal movement added to the occasion and that, along with a sudden drop in barometric pressure, were prime ingredients for a pre-frontal bite to take place.
Now, did the bite happen?
By Tuesday evening, only one report from before daybreak was in — an angler reported catching a 27-inch trout under fishing lights off Offatts Bayou. It usually takes an extra day for reports to make their way in, and we should know more by Thursday’s edition.
One other report was received Tuesday from Capt. Jaime Cantu on his Saturday fishing trip. Cantu hosted customers Carl Hintzman and friends Colin and Mike from North Dakota. Fishing the Galveston Bay Complex, they caught black drum and a large red that was the highlight of their trip. Several undersized reds were caught and released.
Live crab were used for the black drum and live shrimp for the reds. The water temperature was 57.5 degrees.