Unsettled conditions are setting in along the coastal waters, and while fish are being caught, wind and seaweed are presenting obstacles to fishing.
There are several offshore fishing tournaments scheduled along the Middle and Upper Texas Coast this weekend, and a number have been postponed or rescheduled as seas are predicted to be in the 5- to 7-foot range. If your plans are to participate in one of those events, you should check with the tournament officials as to whether to see if it still is on.
While water clarity and seaweed remain problems, anglers fishing the 61st Street Fishing Pier were reporting catches of whiting, bull reds, blacktip sharks, black drum and gafftop.
The Texas City Dike was productive during the early evening, with the outgoing tide giving fishing a boost. Sol Jamail and his two sons were fishing the dike Monday afternoon when the action busted wide open around 7:30 p.m. First, the gafftop were hitting, and as action wound down, a school of jack crevalle swam through, and reels started screaming.
Jamail and his family landed six large gafftop and two jack crevalle. Another two of the school of jacks stripped all of the line off the boy’s reels; however, they did have backups.
One fisherman nearby had his upscale rod and reel leaning on a piece of drift wood. When the jacks hit, his equipment headed to sea.
The party boat New Buccaneer fished 70 miles offshore Monday where Capt. Smitty Smith found fish for his 80 guests. Among the sizable catch were 473 vermilion snapper, 28 scamp grouper, mangroves, Creole fish, porgy, yellow mouth grouper, king mackerel, African pompano and a variety of other fish.