East/southeast winds pushed water from the Gulf of Mexico back into the marshes and back bays. This likely will cause a setback in the flounder run, as many of the flatfish will hang around longer as food supplies will continue to be abundant.
This has been a pattern for a number of years now, with warm weather quickly returning following a cold front. Still, there will be good numbers of flounder reacting to last weekend’s cold front and making their move along the pathways to the Gulf.
The best thing that could happen is a strong cold front that has its northerly winds lasting for several days along with low temperatures in the 40s. An event like that will almost empty the marshes of water and send the bait fish and crustaceans moving to deeper water.
For now, expect a gradual but continuous movement of flounder through the Galveston Ship Channel and other pathways.
John Sabo, a longtime Galveston Bay angler, sent a note with some helpful information on where to fish for flounder.
Sabo, who does not fish nearly as much as he once did, shared some information he thought would be helpful to younger anglers who become frustrated with the large number of boats that are virtually wall to wall when the bite is on.
Areas that seem to attract the most boats are along Pelican Island from the offshore rigs to Seawolf Park and from the wall of the Galveston Yacht Basin to the U.S. Coast Guard Station. During those times when almost every foot of water in those areas is covered by an anchored boat, try spots around the sulphur docks.
While you may encounter a number of other boats, it will not be of the magnitude of the areas mentioned above and don’t overlook the west side of Pelican Island. It too is a great place to find flounder.