How significant is holiday shopping to Galveston County? How about $969 million?
How significant is holiday shopping to Galveston County? How about $969 million?
The owner of pit bulls that killed a neighbor’s aged beagle late last month has taken her case to Facebook, prompting a firm rebuttal from an attorney representing the slain dog’s owners.
There’s a different feel around the city these days, one to which coach John Snelson and his team are more than happy adjusting.
The first four years of the Friends of Galveston Island State Park Fun Run, I was the only photographer.
Water temperature in the 50s is a game changer. Even our hard core surfers don’t last long with the 3 millimeter wet suits most Texans wear, and the only swimmers we encounter seem to be Russian or Canadian.
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Seventeen years ago Janice Hallisey had the idea to throw League City a Christmas party. The event would be a “social event” that would include entertainment, holiday shopping in the city’s historic district and park and, of course, a parade.
What do you get when you combine dozens of volunteers and more than 1.5 million Christmas lights?
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Black Friday likely will draw many anglers away from the water today, and for those who are able to dodge the malls, flounder are out there in good numbers just waiting for you.
Last weekend, I was in northeast Oklahoma visiting friends and had the opportunity to go duck hunting outside of Muskogee, Okla. If half of the ducks I observed make it down to the Gulf Coast, we can expect some heavy numbers of gadwalls, widgeons and mallards before the end of the season.
Today marks the end of one of Galveston’s longest running bait camps, Wayne Tucker and Sons Bait and Seafood.
The weather has finally settled to the point that anglers should have access to their favorite fishing spots. Monday and Tuesday the flounder run continued, with lots of the flatfish being taken from around the Texas City Dike, Galveston Channel area and from the Bolivar Pocket.
Sportsmen who enjoy both duck hunting and fishing are finding plenty of action lately.
Saturday, conditions just were not favorable for fishing or being on the water. While there may be a window or two of opportunities over the next couple of days, mid-week looks best based on the forecasts.
Today looks like it will be a tough one for fishing. High probabilities of rain along with moderate to strong winds are in the forecast and that combination will limit anglers to protected waters.
Flounder catches are dominating the fishing reports lately and the trend continued Thursday and likely will continue for the remainder of November.
A survey of area hunts from last weekend showed mixed results.
If you want to enjoy the peak of the flounder run, my suggestion is to plan your trip within the next week to 10 days, as most seasoned flounder fishermen feel that this year’s run will begin rapidly dropping off after that.
There is little doubt that we are in the peak of the flounder run, as easy limits of quality fish have been caught. Last Saturday, just about every angler fishing Seawolf Park returned with a flounder and most had their two-fish limit.
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.
Tuesday, there were not many boats on the water considering we are in the midst of the annual flounder run.
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.
The past weekend was about as nice as it gets for comfort in the Galveston area. A full moon added a nice touch for nighttime fishing and, overall, fishing was good.
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.
The weather should be great this weekend and fishing should be good as well. The cooler temperatures will do nothing but good for our fall fishing, especially with flounder and speckled trout. Croaker are in the midst of their annual run with catches being less widespread compared to flounder.
The cold front that passed through the Galveston area Friday brought badly needed rain, and depending on what part of the county you were in, the amounts varied from a little to a lot.
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.
Tuesday it was apparent that a pre-front bite was on.
Monday’s southerly wind ignited fishing again, as water levels in the bays returned to normal and the fish responded accordingly.
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.
Anglers are waiting for a cold front to lower water temperatures and get the fish into their fall patterns.
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.
The new Sea Scout Center hosted its first event Saturday, the Combat Wounded Veterans Challenge.
This week looks great weather-wise for fishing. The only hiccup for bay anglers is the summerlike temperatures that are keeping the waters warmer than usual for this time of year.
Until we get relief from the east wind, fishing likely will continue on the slow side. The good news is that this weekend a shift is in the forecast and by Sunday southerly winds should be taking over.
Fishing continues to be adversely affected by an east wind; however, as the week progresses velocities are forecast to drop and a switch to a more southerly direction is called for the latter part of this weekend.
We are in that time of year when most inshore fishermen feel that fishing is best.
Monday was a great day to be on the water, but not so good for fishing. An east wind early set the stage for the old saying “when wind is east, fishing is least.” While that is generally true, there still were fish caught and two species of fish ignored the old adage.
Based on reports received, it appears that action was spotty with an east-northeast wind slowing things down.
It appears that this year flounder are back to their old patterns and making their big run between the full moons of October and November. Last week, we were in the full moon phase for October and apparently that, along with the frontal passage that emptied the marshes, jump started the flounder movement.
It appears that this year’s flounder run is getting on track earlier than in recent years and more in line with tradition.
Weak tidal movement and low water levels handicapped anglers fishing the bays; however, the surf and jetties again were different stories.
Low water levels and a moderate north wind held bay fishing to a standstill Tuesday. The beach front was a different story, however.
Near-gale force winds canceled out fishing on Monday; however, the cold front following behind should give fishing a shot in the arm.
This year’s flounder run appears to be getting underway. Definitely the time of the month (Columbus Day Weekend) is ripe for flounder to begin a serious move. A cold front headed our way likely spurred the move, as flounder have a sixth sense when it comes to predicting a change in the weather.
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