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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Here we are in the dog days of summer, the best time for offshore fishing out of Galveston. August is the time and, barring a tropical event in the Gulf, it should be that way most of the month.
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.
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.
Tuesday, there was a welcomed shift in wind direction, as a frontal system — note I did not say cold front — crossed the upper Texas Coast late morning. The good news is that we will be having lighter winds over the next few days; however, the bad news is that the heat continues to plague us.
It appears that a short-lived reprieve in the weather pattern will be taking place over the next couple of days. Lighter winds with a more easterly tinge are in the forecast. While it might not do a lot for the extreme heat, conditions should improve as far as water quality is concerned, wit…
Extreme heat and wind continue to take their toll on fishing and as a result not much in the way of catches took place Saturday. It likely will be a few more days before any semblance of normalcy returns to the local fishing scene.
Adding to the woes of anglers Friday was a heat advisory warning of indexes well over 100 degrees. The moderate to strong southwest wind continued to create havoc and about all that can be said is conditions are just not good for fishing or other outdoor activities.
Blow wind blow was the refrain we heard on the fishing scene Thursday. A moderate to strong southwest wind continues to hamper fishing, and now velocities are getting to the point that offshore fishing is beginning to be adversely affected.
Tuesday, there was a window of calm conditions that sent fish into a feeding mode. However, Wednesday the southwest wind raised its ugly head and, with velocities in the 10 to 20 mph range, marred any hope for good catches of game fish.
When the wind is virtually calm, it does not matter from what direction it comes. Late Tuesday morning, the southwest wind that had been blowing at light to moderate levels died down and fishing action returned.
The excellent fishing conditions over the past week or so likely will not continue as a southwesterly wind is cropping up, and if the forecasts hold, velocities will start increasing later this week.
Friday’s Reel Report was not current. If you noticed, I mentioned on July 13 that the Gulf shrimping season had opened on July 15. Well, the report I sent in was from July 2014 and resulted from a glitch in my old laptop computer. Regardless, I should have caught it and apologize for any inc…
If you are one of the Mosquito Fleet boaters, those with smaller seaworthy boats enjoy offshore fishing, I hope you have been able to head offshore this week.
Another great day of fishing took place around the Galveston area Wednesday. Almost ideal conditions continued to prevail and the cleaning tables were full of fish.
This week is shaping up to offer some outstanding conditions for fishing, and rarely when that occurs this time of year, is the fishing anything but outstanding.
Saturday’s weather forecast held, and, as expected, fishing turned on. Both offshore and inshore action were the best of the Fourth of July holiday period.
This weekend looks good for the Mosquito Fleet to make it offshore. Light winds are in the forecast, and the only hiccup is higher chances of rain Sunday. Saturday definitely looks like the day, if you are among the smaller seaworthy boats that enjoy summertime fishing off Galveston.
Wednesday was as we expected, a non-fishing day. As we look ahead, Capt. Paul Stanton, Aqua Safari Charters, provides an update on fishing which gives an indication of what has been taking place this week.
While wind velocities may be favorable for fishing on the Fourth of July, other aspects of the weather do not look so good. If fishing is out of the picture on Wednesday, later in the week should offer better conditions, and hopefully that will be an opportunity for anglers who planned a fis…
We are approaching the busiest boating day of the year, July 4. It is a time when more boating accidents take place, and captains need to be extra cautious when on the water. Alcohol, combined with the heat, make a lethal combination and so many accidents are alcohol related.
July is now upon us, and we are in the busiest week of the year for coastal bait camps. With the actual holiday this Wednesday, there will be hordes of anglers taking extra days off from work on both sides of that day.
The southwest wind continues to plague us, and the heat associated with it is keeping anglers off of the water after late morning. If the forecast hold, the velocities should drop early next week.
For readers planning fishing trips over the next few days, Capt. Paul Stanton‘s weekly update should give a good idea of what has been taking place. Fortunately, the outlook is for improved conditions, which should translate to good fishing.
We are in a hot summertime pattern, and it likely will be with us for a while. Most years this does not begin until sometime after July 4, and while it is quite hot, fishing often is excellent.
While the wind did away with fishing over the weekend, it appears that we should be in for a break. Lighter velocities are in the forecast and if we can get more of a southeasterly direction things should pop back quickly.
We are in prime time for vacationers to visit the Galveston area and enjoy some of the great saltwater fishing both inshore and offshore that exist during the summer.
Not much is taking place on the fishing scene and it likely will remain that way until we get this tropical system out of the way. While the rain should be tapering off, wind could continue to be an issue.