Wow, I want to thank all those who sent in reports for the past couple of days. I’m so grateful. The emails just kept coming about catches over the weekend. If your report is not in my column Monday evening, rest assured, it’ll be Tuesday evening.
This morning's sunrise along the coast was just incredible. The air was clear and crisp. Winds were light until about midday. The weather was just perfect. Fish catching was just as good.
You could not have asked for a prettier Friday. Well, the wind could have been lighter. The forecast called for light east/northeast winds. It blew upward to 15 knots on the open bay.
My Thursday started off like most. I drank my morning coffee, checked emails, paid a couple bills and then showered. Then I headed up to Eagle Point Fishing Camp to check on my boat. It has been out of the water since the storm. I have some upcoming trips, so I needed to make sure it’s ready to go.
My wife and I love to travel. When we drive, the back roads call us, taking the path less traveled. Yes, it takes longer, but you see so much. Small towns, wood-frame churches and farmland that one might think never existed.
The past two mornings, I’ve really enjoyed my walks along the Corpus Christi waterfront seawall. Built in 1939 to protect the city from hurricanes, it offers free parking, large bathroom facilities, outside showers and covered gazebos built seaward. I do admit it’s nice.
My wife and I packed up and left for the lower coast of Texas on Wednesday. We had a late start, making sure her children (dog and bird) were settled in where they’re being boarded.
What a night! Little Tropical Storm Nicholas decided it wanted to show itself and grow into a hurricane late Monday/early Tuesday. What was supposed to be a rainmaker decided to add some wind to the equation. Nicholas, a Category 1 hurricane, played by its own rules.
I could start this off by saying if you didn’t fish Monday, you missed the best catching of the year. That wouldn’t be the truth.
I have prepared for Tropical Storm Nicholas and plan to stay on the island. Of course, these systems have a way of changing, so I will continue to monitor the progression. We will see rain and elevated tides. If you have a boat at a marina, take caution to the rise in water levels.
Here we go again. Tropical development is likely this weekend in the Bay of Campeche. The system is forecast to move inshore along the western Gulf Coast. This system needs to be watched.
My wife and I are celebrating our one-year anniversary next weekend. We’re going to Rockport for a couple of days. So, I’ll write Reel Report while overlooking Aransas Bay. I don’t get to see enough saltwater, you know.