It appears anglers are in store for a great weekend of fishing, as light winds and more stable weather are coming our way. This trend is forecast to continue well into next week, and it is music to the ears of offshore anglers.
Fishing overall was on the slow side Thursday, with strong southerly winds early. Then as the velocities dropped, threatening weather in the form of thunderstorms appeared.
The Memorial Day weekend was disappointing overall for anglers. Breezy conditions were the big culprits. However, there were lingering thunderstorms around, as well.
A wonderful Memorial Day weekend is at hand, and the first part certainly looks favorable for fishing. For smaller boats, the offshore waters likely will be too choppy for comfort and safety, as seas are forecast to run in the 3- to 6-foot range.
Anglers on the water early Tuesday dodged the brunt of a southwest wind that started creeping up in velocity by 9 a.m. Gusts to over 20 knots were felt most of the day and as experienced anglers know, that is not good for fishing.
Wind and rain were the handicaps to fishing Friday. Gale force winds surpassing 35 knots were driving water levels over the piers and docks around Galveston on Friday afternoon. With winds at that level, fishing is not an option.
Now that nice, summer-like weather is coming into focus, more and more visitors will come to Galveston and a good number will plan on fishing. During the stay-at-home orders, there were hordes of visitors until the beaches were closed.
The forecasts continue to call for winds in the 15 knot range. However, that did not hold up for Wednesday. Hopefully we are seeing a pattern of more tolerable wind levels. If so, look out, fishing is going to take off.
As the morning went on, the wind gradually increased, and by 10:30 a.m., it was howling with gusts to 29 knots, according to the marine radio weather channel.
Mother's Day offered a drop in the wind velocities. However, in most spots, it still was enough to impair fishing. A bright, sunny day attracted hordes of visitors to celebrate with mom and friends.