August, so far, has been a huge disappointment on the weather scene. Extreme heat and a nagging southwest wind have created unpleasant fishing conditions.
Action on the fishing front has been limited lately and likely will continue in that mode until the daytime temperatures drop and a southeast breeze returns. Fishing at night through the early morning hours has been the most productive, with anglers scoring the best under lights at night.
It was a near perfect day Wednesday to head offshore, as the winds were light and conditions a bit more pleasant for fishing. That was the plan.
Tuesday was another hot day, with stressed supplies of live shrimp around Galveston. Midday fishing in heat indexes pushing 110 degrees and higher has been too much for most anglers to handle.
It appears that relief from at least the adverse winds is on its way this week. The high pressure gradient that has been contributing to the extreme hot weather and related southwest winds is to weaken by the middle of this week, bringing chances of rain and calmer seas.
A reader sent a note that pretty well describes the situation for many Galveston area anglers. In his note he said, “My fishing has come to a complete stand still — it is simply too hot!”
The extreme heat was the news maker Friday on the fishing scene. Dangerously high temperatures with heat indexes approaching 113 degrees took their toll on anglers and kept most from their planned fishing trips.
Hot, dry and windy weather continued to prevail over the Galveston area, with the conditions taking its toll on fishing and fishermen.
A wind shift to the southwest took place Wednesday, and that, combined with the shortage of live bait, added to the woes of fishermen. With the light velocity of the wind on Wednesday, there was not much of an effect. However, as the week progresses the forecasts are calling for higher winds.
There was a slow down in fishing Monday because of fewer anglers taking advantage of the great fishing conditions and because of the shortage of live shrimp.
The “dog days of summer” are well represented by the lazy, hazy days recently. Many times I have mentioned that this is my favorite time of year for fishing due in part to the normally prevalent calm days of August.
Offshore anglers seem to be adapting well to the end of red snapper fishing in Federal Waters. Mangrove snapper along with spade fish, Spanish mackerel, kings, ling and a wide variety of other fish are now the focus of the fishermen heading beyond the jetties.