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Duck season ended Sunday, and now we will be seeing additional anglers on the water as the waterfowl hunters will be trading their shotguns for rods and reels.
The bright sunshine Saturday was a welcomed sight, and it appears that this was the first of several nice days for fishing ahead this week. If the pattern from early last week repeats itself, there should be some excellent action on speckled trout taking place.
During all of the inclement weather on Friday, a reader from League City called to ask about trophy trout fishing. He said that on several occasions he had noticed that we talk about “wall hangers,” “trophy trout” and “big sows” being caught this time of year.
Wind gusts to over 40 mph were pounding the Galveston Bay Complex Thursday afternoon and it appears that fishing will be wiped out for a few days. Although more pleasant conditions are in the forecast for this weekend, water levels and clarity likely will present an obstacle to fishing.
It appears that we are back in the doldrums again after a window of good fishing over the big holiday weekend. A damp, sustained easterly wind brought things to a halt on the fishing scene Wednesday, and it appears that not much improvement will take place for a few days.
Another chamber of commerce type day, sunny skies and mild temperatures prevailed most of the day today. Fishing was hampered, however, by fog and very low water levels.
Before almost every holiday weekend we get notes and calls from readers asking about fishing, where to go and what is biting. This year’s Martin Luther King Jr. holiday weekend is no exception.
Wednesday continued the pattern of zero fishing reports as a cold north wind kept temperatures at levels not suitable for comfort on the water. Days like this present opportunities to discuss fishing related subjects. Otherwise, the space just does not permit when the bite is on.
Tuesday was another blowout for fishing as cold north winds continued to pound the Galveston Bay Complex creating wind chill temperatures in the 30s. Once our area recovers from this blast of cold weather, including the associated low water levels, what can we expect in the way of fishing?
The fishing doldrums continue with a cold biting north wind dominating the weather picture, and the low waters levels are making the situation worse.
One of our recent Sunday pictures showed a potential state record channel catfish that was caught from Clear Creek. The photo triggered several inquiries about freshwater fishing in Galveston County.
With recreational fishing virtually shut down by the cold rainy weather this presents an opportunity to answer questions from readers. Several readers have inquired about fishing mud bottoms during the winter and also asked for more information on trophy trout fishing.
Jerry Elliott of Dickinson sent a note asking if we would list some of the better spots to fish during cold weather as he and his two sons are yearning for some action and do not mind bundling up in warm clothes.
Thursday, we discussed the outlook for fishing this year and some of the highlights from the first part of the year. The annual black drum run, trophy trout fishing and winter trout fishing in East and West Bays were the big events during the first quarter.
Tuesday likely was the only window of pleasant, albeit cold, weather we will have for several days. Tonight, the weather forecasts call for a strong artic cold front to pass over coastal waters, and one of our frequent contributors to the Reel Report has some advice for boaters.
Winter is here and today was about as cold as it gets in Galveston. While certainly not approaching any record lows, a north wind gusting to over 20 knots with temperatures in the 30s resulted in a chill factor in the mid 20s Monday morning.
The coldest weather of the season so far is expected this week, with the Galveston area forecasted to have a light freeze in the next few days. Strong northerly winds will add to the misery, so it probably would be best to plan other activities rather than hitting the water.
Now that the Christmas season is winding down, anglers can resume their focus on fishing. I was out of state for most of the last two weeks and am now getting back into the fishing mode.
As we end yet another good year for fishing, thoughts enter my mind as to what anglers need to do to ensure a continuation of this great pastime for future generations.
We continue with our review of 2014 fishing beginning with our summertime action.
As we wind down 2014, let’s take a look at how fishing shaped up this year. This will be addressed in a two-part series beginning today.
Fishing continues to be in the doldrums, as only a few boats were on the water Saturday. The only reports coming in have been of unconfirmed action on pan fish from deeper pockets of water and the surf.
A survey of bait camps Friday indicated a lot of fishermen took advantage of one of the better days this week to enjoy their favorite pastime.
Christmas visitors to Galveston now are focusing their attention on fishing, as the family holiday obligations are winding down. John Wheeler of Sherman asked about the prospects for fishing this weekend, as he would like to schedule a fishing trip before returning home Sunday.
This week just does not look good for fishing, at least not the early part. Today’s cold front likely will shut things down until well after old Santa makes his appearance tomorrow night. Following this latest cold front, expect to see our winter fishing patterns take over.
A combination of unfavorable conditions and the Christmas lull had anglers looking at holiday activities other than fishing on Sunday. While there were no fishing reports, we did receive a note from a reader in Hitchcock who asked why live shrimp are so expensive and what is necessary to catch shrimp on your own.
In response to Friday’s article about this year’s flounder run, a couple of notes were received shedding more light on the action.
Unseasonably warm weather has taken over, with much higher than normal temperatures in the near term forecast. What does this mean for fishing? It is anyone’s guess, as sudden changes in the weather tend to slow down action.
A nagging east wind put a damper on fishing Thursday and drove Gulf waters into the bays and marshes.
Today marks the end of one of Galveston’s longest running bait camps, Wayne Tucker and Sons Bait and Seafood.
Sportsmen who enjoy both duck hunting and fishing are finding plenty of action lately.
It was no surprise to not see any fishing reports for Monday as near gale force winds and biting cold temperatures prevailed across the Galveston area.
Last week, we addressed some issues expressed by a few readers regarding catching and releasing large numbers of fish. Their concerns were that many of the released fish will die.
Saturday was not the day to be on the water, with easterly winds gusting to well over 20 knots.
Only the hardiest of fishermen have been enjoying their sport since the cold front blew through.
For the next week it appears that we are in for more cold weather. This will be great for the flounder run and also getting trout into the schooling mode in East and West bays.
Waterfowl hunting along the upper Texas Coast got a shot in the arm (no pun intended) as the strong cold front this week has pushed thousands of ducks and geese farther into Texas.
Recently we have reported a number of flounder catches. Some of those reports mention large catches in the range of 20 to 50 flounder, with most of the fish being released except for the two-fish limit for each angler.
Where have all of the trout gone? It appears to be Trinity Bay.
The annual flounder run actually is the migration of flounder from the bays to their winter home in the Gulf of Mexico.
Tolerable wind levels Saturday allowed anglers to hit the water and fish several places that were off limits because of the high winds last week. West Bay was one of those spots and, based on early reports from Saturday, fishing was good.
Prior to the beginning of the duck and goose seasons this year, the outlook for opening day did not look good for most areas along the upper Texas Coast. However, the cold front that moved through on Friday brought a new - although not large - crop of birds this direction for Saturday’s shooting.
There was not much taking place on the fishing scene Wednesday as the forecast of rainy conditions kept anglers away. That will change over the next few days as many old timers on the flounder fishing scene are sensing a big run being triggered by today’s Full Moon. Many feel that the peak of the run will take place between now and December’s full moon on Dec. 6.
Sunday morning there was a flurry of flounder action along the Intracoastal Canal near Crystal Beach.
Saturday’s gusting north winds benefited waterfowl hunters much more than fishermen.
Today begins the monthlong special flounder regulation which states that the daily bag limit is dropped from five to two fish and flounder may be taken only by pole-and-line, meaning no flounder gigging during November.
Trick or Trout is the slogan today; however, with the cold front making its way through, it will have to be something other than trout being offered.
We are beginning another year of our Water Fowl Hunting Report which runs each Thursday through the end of duck season. Between now and January 21, we will focus on duck and goose hunting along the coastal prairies.
West Bay is holding a good number of flounder of all sizes. This is a typical pattern during the early part of the annual flounder run.
Monday a strong south wind played havoc with anglers trying to fish deep, mid-bay reefs; however, areas along the Galveston Ship Channel were fishable and flounder were being caught.
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