Springtime fishing is now beginning to settle in around the Galveston Bay Complex.
This year’s unusually prolonged winter delayed the time table; however, fishing is now getting into high gear.
This weekend, the weather should be seasonably warm and, with the beach water temperature hovering around 75 degrees, look for an influx of fish from the Gulf.
The first ling of the year have arrived at the jetties along with Spanish mackerel and sharks.
Last week, we saw a serious speck run at the North Jetty before the mid-week cold front passed through.
A sure sign the fishing season is upon us is that Sarah Melcer was back at the jetties Friday fishing her favorite spot, Abby’s Hole.
Melcer fished Friday afternoon and landed five bull sharks to 6 feet in length, four blacktips, a whiting and her favorite fish, gafftop, of which she caught six.
She said before she could get the whiting in the boat, a shark bit it in half.
The highlight of the trip was a show put on by about 15 spinner sharks jumping out of the water.
Manny Lyons, Bait by Hillman’s on Dickinson Bayou, reported lots of specks near the flood gate of Moses Lake and along the spoil banks of Dickinson Bayou.
Lyons said he has an excellent supply of live shrimp on hand.
Greg Hagerud fished the surf near 8 Mile Road on Friday and landed plenty of whiting on dead shrimp.
The highlight of his trip was a large black drum he photographed and released.
Hagerud said lots of mullet are in the surf.
Roger Middleton of Richmond made an offshore trip late Friday afternoon fishing Mitchell’s Reef about 12 miles south of jetties.
Using frozen sardines for bait, he and his two guests landed eight sharks, a king mackerel and a large Spanish mackerel.
Middleton said the trip just whetted his appetite for offshore fishing this summer.
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