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We are at the time of year when a lot of sharks are caught around Galveston, including in the bays, surf and offshore. The mere mention of the “S” word sends chills down the spine of many people.

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Friday appears to be our best day for fishing if the weather forecasts hold. Light to moderate south and southeast winds are predicted, and that should create some nice conditions for fishing.

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Prior to the return of the windy conditions, we talked about the excellent fishing that has been taking place around Galveston. One thing that occurred during this window was the appearance of fish that are unusual to find in the near shore waters off of Galveston.

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Small craft advisories went into effect Sunday, as moderate to strong south winds were kicking up offshore and generating seas from 3 to 6 feet in height. On the inshore scene, conditions were not much better, as a southwesterly wind was messing up the bays and beachfront.

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Excellent fishing prevailed through Saturday around the Galveston Bay Complex. Sunday, the wind is forecast to increase and blow from the south, which could put a damper on the situation.

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Friday was another day of beautiful water around the Galveston area. Reports from the beach front, jetties, East and West bays indicate a lot of good fishing taking place.

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A hot, dry southwest wind has been plaguing the Galveston area and with it, fishing tends to come to a halt. This weather pattern is common in the summer, especially from mid-June to August.

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Sunday turned out just as the weather forecast called for diminishing wind, which set the stage for smaller boats to head offshore. The early morning group found seas still a bit choppy. However, as the day progressed, wave heights dropped to less than 3 feet.

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Today begins the 2018 red snapper season in federal waters. Speaking of this season, a clarification needs to be made for Thursday’s Reel Report in which stated that the season runs through July 21. That is correct for the “boats for hire” group which includes charter boats, party and deck b…

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While the Galveston area is enjoying light winds and hot conditions this weekend, here in South Carolina the rain is pouring and it looks like we will be having the same all week because of the tropical disturbance in the Gulf.

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A tropical disturbance is expected to enter the Gulf of Mexico and offshore boats need to keep close watch on its development and path. If the projected path holds, it will hit land on our dry side; however, it is likely it will cause higher seas and tides around the Galveston area.

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The Galveston area received some badly needed rain Monday morning which cooled things off for a while. Not much in the way of fishing was taking place; however, as the week heads toward the big Memorial Day weekend, look for that to change.

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Friday was what I would describe as a typical mid-July fishing day, with hot temperatures and gusting southwest winds. Not the best conditions for fishing on a day in mid-May!

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Great weather for fishing continued Thursday, with light winds prevailing all morning; however, by noon the velocities were picking up and gusts over 15 knots were prevalent during the afternoon.

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The 2018 saltwater fishing season is underway. Each year about this time just about every species of our summertime fish has arrived and, with the warmer waters continuing to set in, they will hang around.

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When the surf is almost flat like it has been all week, fishing is almost always excellent. This is especially true when the beach water temperature is in the mid-70-degree range and higher.

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Speckled trout action along the beach front has been outstanding this week. Some of the largest fish of the year have been reported, along with stringers full of nice-sized trout in the 17- to 20-inch range.

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Recently, we have been getting reports, along with pictures, of some of the largest speckled trout of the year being caught. Several readers have asked why we are beginning to see such large trout in the numbers that have been reported and if this is a trend we can expect to continue.

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We are continuing with the offshore reports from last weekend, as the weekends are the times when most of the deep sea fishing by recreational anglers takes place this time of year. Inshore action has continued, with some of the largest trout of the year being reported.

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Great weather and fishing conditions were setting in early Sunday, and, while it will be Monday before the Sunday fishing reports are all in, one thing for sure, it is nice and comfortable out on the water.

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Let’s keep our fingers crossed, as it looks like to be shaping up as a great weekend for fishing. If the forecasts hold, Saturday evening and Sunday look like they will be excellent days to hit the water around Galveston.

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We are now into May, the month for which many saltwater anglers have been waiting. While action starts picking up in April, it is May when the water finally warms to the point that both offshore and inshore fish are moving around.

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While we have had a reprieve from the lingering strong wind for a few days, April lived up to its reputation as the windiest month on its last day in 2018. Wind gusts to over 20 knots handicapped fishermen on Monday, and it does not look like any relief will be on its way for a while.

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Recently, there have been an unusually high number of inquiries from readers and others about the huge numbers of pelicans diving into the surf. All along the seawall and well past where it ends to the west, pelicans and other birds have been observed dive-bombing the water and many people a…

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Friday morning, fishing was overall disappointing, as low tide levels continued to plague fishermen until well up into the morning. The surf has been the fail safe for several days now; however, not much was taking place there on Friday.

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Thursday, we had a temporary setback in conditions, as a moderate to at times strong north wind blew through the Galveston area as part of a cold front. Fortunately, the weather forecasts call for the winds to diminish by Friday and that should set the stage for a nice weekend for anglers.

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The beach water temperature is hovering in the low 70s now, and it is past that magical mark for attracting fish. With the low tide levels in the bays, especially during the morning, the surf has been one of the better choices for action.

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Light winds are helping to get water clarity back in shape, which should give a big boost to fishing. Reports from the beachfront indicate good numbers of gafftop running in the surf.