I was out and about Friday — first helping my wife deliver her painted trash can to the Artist Boat, then making a trip to Home Depot for various items.
Traffic was already building up on my return home to Jamaica Beach. Many of those driving trucks had boats behind them. It’s going to be busy on the island, and I expect big crowds on the water.
Catches ahead of Saturday have been good. The wind has been a little brisk early, making the bite tougher in certain areas. The last two mornings, we’ve seen a nagging northeast wind.
Capt. Roland Martinez recently ran out to the Pleasure Pier where he caught some speckled trout. Martinez then captured some mullet in his cast net in hopes of catching a big shark. It didn’t take long before he and his wife boated two 5-foot blacktip sharks. They spent the rest of their time in near-shore waters, catching and releasing big crevalle jacks.
I fished Wednesday with Fred Erhman and Ken Purgason. They asked me to show them a few different locations in east Galveston Bay. I fished them once in East Bay, but we stayed at Hannas Reef. Because the wind was north this day, we ran the north shoreline of the bay.
Our first stop at a reef near Smith Point yielded nothing, so we kept heading east. I stopped the boat again on another reef, and after a couple of drifts I finally hooked into a decent trout. We continued to move slightly east with each drift, finally finding some active fish.
Ehrman was throwing a tandem-rigged KDen soft plastics, catching two trout at a time. We all had plenty of bites. We stopped on a couple more reefs towards the south shoreline and caught a few more fish before calling it quits. It was another enjoyable morning of fishing with these two gentlemen.
The wind has thrown Capt. Sammy Orlando a curveball, as he put it, making the catching a bit more difficult. Orlando said, “Our overall numbers have been down, but the quality of fish is still good, with trout still pushing the 25-inch mark. We’re landing a couple of redfish each day as an added bonus.”
The next few days, remember to exercise patience. Keep a lookout for all watercraft on the water. Don’t assume that they’re doing the same. Operate at a safe speed, wear your kill switch and stay hydrated.
Capt. David Dillman is a columnist for The Daily News. Report your catch to email@example.com or call 409-683-5273.
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