Saturday appears to have a better outlook for weather than was forecast a few days ago. While rain and wind likely will be around, conditions do appear to be improving.
The big question is how will fishing turn out this weekend? Is the unsettled weather going to have a negative effect or will we experience a prefrontal bite that could turn on the action?
A strong cold front is on its way and fish can sense the changes in barometric pressure which often ignite a feeding frenzy. If I were to bet on what will take place, it would be that we will see a good flounder run this weekend. It is time for it and flounder do react to cold fronts.
Flounder continue to be thick in the shallower waters and with a signal from nature they could start aggressively feeding.
Last week there was an unconfirmed report of a tarpon being raised just off the South Jetty by an angler from Texas City. According to the report, the fish was not landed but put up a fight that lasted around 20 minutes. Several leaps purportedly were made before the big fish broke off.
One effect of the upcoming cold front is that it likely will move tarpon and other pelagics southward. If a quick warming trend follows, it may not spell the end of this year’s action on the fun to catch open water Gulf fish.
Chris Cubberly called in a report from earlier this week of some good night fishing around Rollover Pass. Cubberly and two friends from High Island fished under lights powered by a portable generator and caught a variety of fish including small specks to approximately 16 inches, sand trout, croaker and two undersized flounder.
Cubberly said the croaker were larger than usual but not of the size typically found during the croaker runs of the past. There was no mention of bait.