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.
Before I could say much more, he interrupted me and said that he felt he knew all about the movement and habits of speckled trout, and just as he gets that feeling of comfort that the fish will be at a given location at a given time during given conditions, they defy him. It is an ongoing battle to predict where the fish will move when they make up their minds to do so.
Another thing that causes frustration is to make a comment about certain fish that are very rarely caught in the Galveston area, only to have an angler send in a picture of one recently landed.
Many of you recall the snook that was caught in Chocolate Bayou last month. That fish defied two things: its presence in nearby waters and the time of year. Snook are warm water fish, yet this one was caught in January in cold water.
Now, another of our warm water fish was caught last weekend, and that was a pompano. The fish was landed during one of Capt. Mike Segall’s Charters close to Freeport.
Segall was hosting two anglers from Angleton and, in spite of the fog and cool weather on Sunday, they landed the pompano along with a large sheepshead, a nice black drum and a flounder.
When something like this happens, I think back to what my dad used to say about fishing Galveston waters: “You never know what you will catch.”