During all of the miserable, cold weather Tuesday night, one angler endured the elements and ended up with a couple of big trout.
Julie Beaman of Bayou Vista fished during all of the cold rain under lights in her subdivision and landed two trout weighing 7.5 pounds and 5.5 pounds. A StrikePro MG010SP in gold was the bait she used.
West Bay is noted for its big winter trout, and according to unconfirmed reports, good numbers of trout are showing in the shallow marshes along the west end of Galveston Island.
No reports of any real wall-hangers have been received; however, it is encouraging to hear the trout are there.
The sun finally made an appearance Wednesday, and wind velocities began to drop. The water levels were quite low; however, the water for the most part was clear. Still, it was a bit uncomfortable to be on the water.
The good news is that southerly breezes will return by Friday and start refilling the bays and marshes with warmer, fresh Gulf water. The forecast calls for temperatures in the 50s for the most part the next several days, and all of this should create some excellent conditions for wading the shallows for trout.
Reds and sheepshead likely will be a good bet in other areas including the jetties, Texas City Dike and Moses Lake.
Feb. 22 is the date of the next in the series of Texas Shoot Out Chorizo Fishing tournaments. Participants can register at Serious Tackle in La Marque from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and until 3 p.m. Saturday. Only cash is accepted.
Other tournaments are scheduled for March 22, April 26, May 24, Aug. 16, Nov. 15 and Dec. 6.
For information, call Lee Garcia, 281-216-3215.