Sgt. Chris Hines looked down and smiled as his wife pinned his badge to the uniform he has worn so proudly for the last 25 years.
A fourth quarter dry spell by the Hitchcock Lady Bulldogs saw their lead disappear and their undefeated run in district play come to an end in a 39-34 loss to Van Vleck on Friday.
Recap of Friday night's boys and girls high school soccer action including matches from District 24-6A and contests featuring Santa Fe and Texas City.
Congratulations to Kirk Broiles, the Texas City-La Marque Chamber of Commerce’s Citizen of the Year.
In light of the most recent name change confusion with the League City Chamber of Commerce, we as board members from the 2014 board of directors of the chamber, would like to clarify some information for the record.
A tautology is a statement that cannot be false. One common example is the rhetorical question, “Is the Pope Catholic?” But asking whether the new interim minister of Galveston’s 175-year-old First Lutheran Church is Lutheran is an exception to this pattern.
In some parts of the world, girls aren’t educated because of cultural or religious restrictions.
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Monta Ellis had 25 points and 13 assists as the Dallas Mavericks sent the Orlando Magic to their eighth straight loss, 108-93, on Saturday night.
PHOENIX (AP) — J.J. Watt swept away the voters the way he sweeps quarterbacks off their feet.
Friday, a wind shift to the east started filling the bays again and returning tide levels to near normal. It likely will not last long, as a series of cold fronts are headed our way next week.
Fishing continues to be on the slow side, as evidenced by several notes from readers who asked about the lack of action.
Lots of visitors were in Galveston on Wednesday taking advantage of the gorgeous weather. While shopping and beachcombing attracted most of the mid-week crowd, just a few chose to go fishing.
Tuesday was another of those “chamber of commerce days” in Galveston, when the weather was the envy of the rest of the country.
Large black drum began appearing in pre-run numbers at the jetties over the weekend. While not in near the quantities we should see in about a month from now, the first of the “big uglies” are here.
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.
If you were lucky enough to have Monday off as a holiday the weather was the best so far this year.
Speckled trout action has been slow recently. However, during the weekend the bite turned on.
Sunny skies and warmer temperatures greeted anglers Saturday and as a bonus, the wind was calm to light in velocity.
Until Thursday afternoon, I thought we might be returning to an ice age with little or no sunlight, however, the beautiful bright sun finally appeared and with it a warming trend.
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.
Typical January weather is upon us and while it is causing a hiccup in fishing, this gives us an opportunity to look ahead to the fishing scene for the remainder of 2015.
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.
January is starting with typical January weather, cold, rainy and windy. Not a good combination for fishing.
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.
I hope you found everything to your liking this Christmas morning and all of the fishing items on your list were under the tree.
Many of you recall my predecessor, Vince Stigligh Jr. One of his classic columns included a local rendition of a popular Christmas poem.
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.
Today, winter officially begins and with it is nail-biting time for coastal anglers. We are in the time of year when our fish-killing freezes occur, and from now until Valentine’s Day is the period to be most concerned about such catastrophic events.
In response to Friday’s article about this year’s flounder run, a couple of notes were received shedding more light on the action.
This year’s flounder run is winding down and, while there are going to be stragglers of all sizes being caught for a while, the peak is behind us.
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.
There were no fishing reports for Tuesday and, with the slack in the action, it gives us an opportunity to address a frequent request and that is how to plan a fishing trip for the best chances of catching fish.
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.
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