There is an age old saying among serious fishermen that the best time to go fishing is when you can and I am one who strongly believes in that statement.
Saturday we should see some nice weather for fishing if the after effects of the cold front have not rendered the bay waters low and off color. Light winds should set in for a day or two allowing a window of opportunity for anglers to hit the water.
Fishing likely is on hold until the effects of the latest cold front diminish. We could see some nice conditions this weekend depending on when the wind velocities drop to a reasonable level for fishing.
Tuesday saw another siege of strong southerly winds gusting to well over 20 knots during the morning. While the velocities dropped a bit during the afternoon, anglers still were dealing with 15 knot winds.
It appears that April is going to be a typical April — at least that is the impression the month has given so far. This week is a good example, as we are seeing warmer temperatures along with moderate to strong winds.
With strong winds having a negative impact on fishing lately, it seems appropriate to discuss where and how to fish when velocities are in the 20 knot range and higher.
Friday the wind arrived earlier than expected and pretty much knocked out fishing for the day and unfortunately there is not much optimism for conditions improving until early next week.
The beach water temperature finally hit the 70 degree mark and this is about when we first see that magical reading. Typically, the readings will see-saw for a while before a sustained upward trend is established.
A nice warm and sunny day greeted the few anglers hitting the water Wednesday. A moderate south wind was pushing warmer waters into the bays and helping to increase the beach water temperature closer to 70 degrees.
Recently we have been discussing a lot about the winds of April and the fact that historically it is the windiest month of the year around Galveston.
Sunday was, as expected, not an ideal day for fishing, with the threat of thunderstorms lingering all day under a moderate east wind.
Although fog was a major handicap Friday morning it did not stop the fish from biting. A few boats ventured out later in the morning and found it quite worthwhile.
This time of year is a good time to take a break from coastal fishing and give fresh water fishing a try. While spring might not be the best time, inland lakes, rivers and streams can offer some relaxing fishing and beautiful scenery.
April is starting out like it often does, with cooler than normal weather. This will change as we get farther into the month. With water temperatures in the low 60s, we still are experiencing our late winter fishing patterns.
The recent cold front that chilled the Galveston area Sunday and Monday might have set things back on the fishing scene, as the cold air dropped the water temperatures to close to 60 degrees. Prior to the norther, the water was pushing toward the magic 70 degree mark and attracting fish.