By press time today we should have a good indication of what the weekend fishing picture looks like. The weather is certainly cooperating, as well as the good tidal movement. This easily could be the best weekend so far this year for fishing.
Thursday, we hope was the beginning of some beautiful weather for fishing around Galveston. For a change, we are seeing warming temperatures, light winds and low chances of rain.
Warmer and more stable weather seem to be settling in, and, if Wednesday’s conditions are any indication, the remainder of this week looks great for getting in some fishing.
There is some good news, and that is spring officially begins today and it appears that it will start out like the old adage of coming in as gentle as a lamb.
Again this week, and actually all year long, fishing will be guided by the weather. Two big factors are strong wind velocities and thunderstorms. Both play havoc with anglers trying to catch fish.
Today is St. Patrick’s Day and an occasion that we have mentioned often in the Reel Report as prime time for black drum. Over the years the annual black drum run or migration tends to start reaching its peak around March 17 and this year seems to be no exception.
This week’s last weekend of spring break is not ending like we had hoped. Early forecasts called for light to moderate winds under mild conditions. A fast moving norther changed all of that and now it looks like this weekend will see a return to winter conditions as we know them around Galveston.
Earlier this week when discussing prospects for fishing it was mentioned that everything would be weather driven. Well so far this week that has been the case. While fog has been with us all week, the first part saw otherwise tolerable conditions for hitting the water.
First, I want to welcome our spring break visitors and especially those anglers who have called in or sent notes asking about fishing this week.
The beach water temperature is gradually warming from readings in the 50s most of this week. That should be good news for weekend anglers as the warmer water will trigger more action.
Winter is definitely back and fortunately for only a short spell if the forecasts hold. While no fishing to speak of took place Tuesday, with temperatures in the 30s under a biting and gusty north wind, we will address a frequent question from readers.
Recently I discussed fish patterns with a local fishing guide who is working the lower Texas coast during the winter months. I mentioned to him that it seems that fish, trout especially, have not been in the spots they used to frequent during various times of the year.
While the few reports that came in over the weekend indicated sparse catches by the limited number of anglers hitting the water, at least two stalwart fishermen found the action hot and heavy.