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For the first time in many days, the weather is looking good. This week we should see continuous improvement in conditions; however, it likely will take a while before all of the fresh water moves out of the bays and a more balanced salinity returns.

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We should be seeing the light at the end of the tunnel as far as all of the stormy weather we have experienced over the last week or so. Beginning Sunday, conditions should rapidly improve; however, the lingering effects of all of the freshwater pouring into the Galveston Bay Complex will be…

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Unsettled weather is prevailing all along the Gulf Coast and the Atlantic coast is experiencing even worse conditions. Around Galveston, a lot will depend on what happens in the Gulf later this week, as a tropical system is expected to enter the Gulf of Mexico. One thing that we can usually …

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Saturday morning conditions were excellent for fishing, as a light westerly wind had the surf calm. Plenty of action occurred both inshore and offshore during this window of nice weather.

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While good chances of rain continue in the forecast, conditions overall are improving. On Friday, Seawolf Park was producing a variety of fish including reds of all sizes, pan fish and a few flounder. Most of the flatfish were in the 13 to 16 inch range, with more undersized fish around than…

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This is one of those times when it is not fun to be an outdoor writer, and especially a fishing columnist. The reason is that we have to discourage coastal fishing due to the threat of strong thunderstorms, flash flooding and high tide levels.

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Several readers have asked about tarpon fishing this weekend, as we mentioned earlier in the week that conditions were shaping up for some excellent tarpon fishing. Most of the questions centered around what baits work best and whether drifting or anchoring is the preferred method.

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The weather forecast continues to change and conditions this Labor Day Weekend do not look as optimistic as they did earlier this week. Still, fishing does look good if you can work around scattered rain.

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Widespread rain took its toll on fishing Wednesday; however, the effect on anglers was minimal as the first week of school is usually a quiet period around the bait camps and boat ramps.

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Badly needed rain has finally arrived and so far it has not interfered much with fishing. School starting this week has taken its toll on anglers hitting the water; however, conditions look excellent most of this week.

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Saturday, the surf was alive with action, as good water conditions prevailed under a light southeast wind. Under conditions like that, pompano and Spanish mackerel often make runs along the beachfront and Saturday was the day for pompano.

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There is good news on the fishing scene, and that is the wind has shifted bringing cooler air off of the Gulf. Thursday, the wind took a turn to the northeast and started working around toward the southeast. Most of the day an east wind was blowing albeit light; however, it did not do much f…

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Nice conditions for fishing are setting in around Galveston. If the daytime heat is not a problem, then a trip to various spots in the area should be worthwhile.

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This time the weather forecasts were on target and Saturday turned out to be the better day for fishing over the weekend. I must add — a lot better day at that!

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Light winds and warm temperatures greeted anglers early Saturday, with action on bull reds heating up. Traditionally, bull red action starts increasing close to Labor Day around the jetties followed by runs in the surf during September.

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Saturday certainly looks to be the best day for fishing this weekend. Light winds are forecast to continue through most of the day, while Sunday the wind is likely to kick up with velocities that will keep smaller boats out of the Gulf of Mexico.

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The good news for Wednesday was that the wind started dropping in velocity and that pattern should last through this weekend. The best catches were reported by wade fishermen who were in the water by daybreak and using a variety of soft plastics for bait.

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Here we are, halfway through August and so far this month has not lived up to its reputation for fishing. It is not that the fish are not there, but that the extreme heat and south to southwest wind have contributed to conditions that have been hindering action.

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Monday, a south wind gusting to 15 knots greeted early-morning anglers, and for those who continued with their plans to fish, the bite was slow.

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While live shrimp supplies were adequate on Saturday, the lack of fishermen contributed to the pressure on inventories being light. Jim Foster sent a note commenting on recent articles mentioning the supply shortages of live shrimp.

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Friday, a light to moderate southwest wind was annoying anglers; however, the weather forecasts indicate that it should be short lived. With a return of a south to southeast wind, fishing should pick up and more pleasant conditions return.

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Live shrimp continue to be in short supply, as shrimpers around Galveston have been having sparse results lately. Many bait camps are running out early, so check with your favorite source for live shrimp before heading toward the coast.

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Monday was typical, as far as fishing pressure goes. Not many anglers were out; however the only report received was a good one, and it came from off of San Leon. Kyle Burk and Steven Seale fished the spoil banks of the Houston Ship Channel just out from April Fool Marina.

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How long will the nice conditions around Galveston last? Well, it appears most of this week should continue with light winds and relatively calm seas. August, as most of you know, is one of the best months for heading offshore, barring an event in the Gulf of Mexico.

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We are in what I call the August weather pattern, with hot temperatures and light winds. This is an ideal situation for heading offshore, especially in smaller seaworthy boats.