Today, we continue our discussion of fishing spots in and around Galveston. In Friday’s edition, we mentioned areas not too far from Galveston Bait and Tackle, the location where the reader presenting the question launches his boat.
Upper West Bay, an easy access from the bait camp, was omitted due to the numerous spots that the bay has to offer and the limited space this article has to address them.
One of the big differences between Upper West Bay and the areas discussed, those being from the causeway area, lower Galveston Bay and the Galveston Ship Channel, is in the methods of fishing. Friday’s discussion centered upon areas where fishing from an anchored boat or maneuvering with a slow trolling motor work best.
Upper West Bay is fished best by either drift fishing or wading. The latter method likely being the more productive. Upper West Bay is known for key spots such as the Deer Islands, Confederate Reef Triangle, Mecoms and Greens Cuts and areas around the old Intracoastal Waterway.
Offatts Bayou also is close to the bait camp and offers good fishing. There are numerous spots in the bayou beginning with the Teichman Point area and extending to the new Jamail Bay Park, formerly known as Washington Park. Fishing around the old pilings all along the bayou is the choice of many anglers, while others like to wade the shell bottoms from the airport to the Crash Basin.
All of the areas discussed are affected by a number of factors. The biggest factors include wind direction and velocity along with tidal movement. The seasons also affect fishing, as during the hot summer months the fish are going to be found in deeper waters while at other times of the year shallower spots are the choice.
While not as easily accessible from Galveston Bait and Tackle’s ramp, the jetties are other areas about which we get many inquiries.
We will focus on the jetties on Sunday.