The latest cold front should contribute to a drop in water temperatures, hopefully pushing readings into the high 70s.
A drop in water temperature is noticed by fish and especially flounder. While a major flounder run is not foreseen, it is likely that the flatfish will start moving and begin trickling their way out of the back bays and marshes.
One area that we have not had many reports from lately is mid-West Bay. Steven Elliott of West End Marina at Sea Isle called in to say fishing has been good in that area lately both on the surf and bay sides.
Elliot also reported a 39-pound, 14-ounce black drum being caught at day break Monday. A picture of that fish is to be sent in for Sunday’s pictures.
This year we have had a larger than normal number of reports of snook being caught around the Galveston Bay Complex. Last weekend, Nathan Stanford landed a 23-inch snook while fishing upper Chocolate Bayou. The fish was photographed and quickly released, as there is a slot limit on snook of 24 to 27 inches.
An interesting note to this is that Stanford was fishing for bass with my friend Brandon Rowan of Mariner Magazine when the prized saltwater fish hit his line. There was no mention of what bait (artificial or natural) enticed the fish.
Monday and Tuesday, the strong northerly winds knocked out fishing, especially in the open bays; however, for the next several days much lighter winds are in the forecast.
This could be a good window to test some of the areas where flounder first appear in good numbers as part of their migration process. One of those areas is in upper West Bay between the two Deer Islands.