Joyce Whitaker has the right attitude when it comes to the holidays.
Joyce Whitaker has the right attitude when it comes to the holidays.
Planned changes to the United States’ relationship with Cuba could have a positive impact on Galveston, local officials said.
TEXAS CITY — On Dec. 10, the Houston Touchdown Club honored the top offensive, defensive and top coaches of the Houston area with their annual High School Football Awards where Texas City senior linebacker D’Vonta Hinton was named a top 10 finalist for the defensive player of the year in the Houston area.
FRIENDSWOOD — Clear Creek freshman Peyton Roemer followed in her sister’s footsteps and set a pool record at the Friendswood Natatorium.
Congratulations are in order for Charles “Cliff” Burks and Ross Novelli, who both have received France’s highest military award, the Legion of Honour, for their service during the Invasion of Normandy.
I am alarmed and angry about the rampant assault on law officers in our country. This is not a racial issue, but a criminal problem and lack of respect for others.
Galveston Arts Center, in cooperation with Fresco Books and Ken General of Duende Art Project, will present “TEXAS ABSTRACT” in January.
Winter holidays are here with red and green decorations everywhere. These traditional colors are seasonally and spiritually-based, primarily from festivals in Europe’s dark and cold midwinter.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Fewer Americans sought unemployment benefits last week, a sign of solid job security and growing confidence among employers.
LISBON, Portugal (AP) — Portugal's government has issued an executive order to stop a planned four-day strike by national airline staff during the busy Christmas holiday season.
Wednesday morning not even the hardiest of flounder fishermen were working the Galveston Ship Channel.
Monday, the special bag and size limits for flounder (two fish per angler, per day) that were issued for all of November and the first two weeks of December ended. We are now back to a five-fish bag limit.
Weak tidal movement and the holiday season resulted in a double-whammy for fishing. Anglers who base their fishing trips on tide forecasts avoided the coastal waters Monday, as the early tides were not suitable for generating much in the way of feeding.
Saturday and Sunday mornings, the best trout action came from some of the more far-reaching points around the Galveston Bay Complex. Flounder action has slowed; however, some nice flatfish were being taken from around the point near the U.S. Coast Guard Station in Galveston.
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.
Following my suggestions of what not to purchase the angler on your list in Friday’s Reel Report, a local reader asked about how to determine what type of rod and reel to give.
There is not much activity to report on the fishing scene Thursday, as other activities seem to be taking a priority. This presents a good opportunity to respond to a number of requests by readers who want suggestions for the anglers on their Christmas shopping lists.
The pleasant weather we have had for the past few days tends to lull us into thinking that some nice days lie ahead for boating and fishing. Unfortunately many of us will fail to realize that winter is ahead and we will not be using our boat nearly as much or at all for a number of weeks.
Monday was a slow day on the water, with few anglers fishing and some bait camps closing early. We continue to get good reports from Trinity Bay and during the weekend there was a flurry of action around Sylvan Beach.
A nagging east wind gusting to 20 knots took its toll on fishermen Sunday morning; however, as the day progressed, the volumes dropped to levels tolerable for being on the water.
Not much was taking place on the fishing scene Saturday except for a couple of tournaments, one focusing on trout and the other on flounder. Results were not available at press time. This presents an opportunity to address questions from readers.
December is the beginning of our ever-changing weather patterns. One day it is warm and pleasant and the next day cold and dreary. This pattern will continue until April when more stable conditions become the norm.
A nagging east wind put a damper on fishing Thursday and drove Gulf waters into the bays and marshes.
The cold, dreary weather Wednesday was not pleasant for fishing; however, the few anglers who hit the water found the fishing to be good.
Northerly winds gusting to over 20 knots along with chilling temperatures kept anglers off of the water early Tuesday. Flounder likely continued their run to the Gulf with no interference from fishermen.
Tidal strength is improving and action is picking up on the fishing scene.
Fishing overall was on the slow side over the weekend, with night fishing under lights offering the best catches. Weak tidal movement associated with the half-moon phase was the culprit in slowing the bite.
Saturday, weak tidal movement slowed the action on flounder. While there were a lot of limits taken, anglers were not picking up quick limits as had been the norm earlier in the week.
The flounder run still is alive and well and added to the fishing news are some excellent catches coming from upper West Bay. Trinity Bay continues to hold some nice trout, and on Friday, Clear Lake was producing some nice reds.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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