Fishing report 5-10-15
May 10, 2015 Galveston 1 photo
One of the most common questions from readers lately has been about the wind. Most are asking if this is normal to have such an extended period of high winds and if this is a sign of a windy summer. Fishing has been slowed considerably by all of the recent wind. Velocities in excess of 20 knots are just too much to deal with for most anglers and that is especially true of speeds close to 30. One negative outcrop of this has been the extraordinarily high tide levels. In response to the questions, it is not at all unusual for our area to experience a lot of high winds during May, especially the early part. May, after all, is the third-windiest month of the year preceded by April, the windiest, and then March. Sustained high winds this time of year do not indicate that we are going to have higher than average wind velocities during the summer. If tradition holds, more stable weather along with lighter winds should set in close to Memorial Day Weekend. Let’s hope for that pattern to repeat itself this year. Now, on the fishing scene, fish are being caught, just in selected areas. During times of above-average tide levels, red fish will be found of feeding around newly-covered terrain by the rising waters. Anglers fishing the marshes of Bolivar along Big Pasture Bayou have been finding good action on reds, with most being taken by kayakers and waders. The weather reports seem fairly consistent that we are in for unsettled weather this week. Keep an eye on the weather if you are planning a fishing trip, and if not, keep your tackle ready because at the first sign of stable weather setting in, action is going to bust wide open. Those conditions could be appearing as early as late this week.
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Galveston Fishing Report
February 23, 2016
There is little doubt that fishing will be impaired by the latest cold front passing through. While winds will start dropping late Wednesday, it is likely that low water levels will persist for a while. Friday, a wind shift to an east-northeast direction should help water levels return to normal, and by this weekend, the outlook is looking good. Light southeast breezes are forecast to return, and that is always good news for fishermen. We continue to receive reports from last weekend, and the two latest ones were both from the jetties.
February 21, 2016
Strong northerly winds gusted to well over 20 knots most of the day Wednesday and fishing was nonexistent. Hopefully that will change quickly, and by this weekend, conditions should return to normal with rising water levels. With no fishing reports, this allows us to address an unpleasant topic to most boaters: ethanol gasoline. Wednesday, BoatUS, a large organization devoted to boaters, issued a statement warning operators of marine engines that there likely will be a shortage of E0 (zero-ethanol) gasoline available at marinas and gas stations this summer. In their news release they wrote: “E0 gasoline, which is sold at marinas and gas stations, is in effect being pushed out of the boat fuel market to make room for the Renewable Fuel Standard-mandated E15 and higher ethanol blends. This means boaters may see shortages of E0 fuel as early as this summer’s boating season. BoatUS believes boaters need a reliable, trusted fuel such as E0 to ensure smooth engine operation and safe navigation” Currently, the majority of marine engines along Texas Coastal Waters operate on E10 gasoline which contains approximately 10 percent ethanol. This has been the case for years, and boaters have learned to deal with it, knowing how to prevent ethanol-related fuel problems by use of additives and not allowing the fuel to sit up too long in gas tanks and engines. There is one ethanol-based fuel that should be avoided all together, and that is the E85 blend containing 85 percent ethanol. This high-ethanol fuel is intended only for engines specially designed to accept high-ethanol content fuel blends, such as the flexible-fuel vehicles. I am not aware of any marine engines that can use that blend without major damage occurring. Before adding gas to your boat’s tank, check the ethanol content. If the e-number is higher than 10, you should consult with your dealer or mechanic before refueling.
January 28, 2016
While conditions along the upper Texas Coast were excellent Thursday, there was not much in the way of fishing taking place. The flat water around Galveston early in the day was inviting anglers to hit the water; however, only a few decided to give it a try. Derrick Powers of Herne was one who decided to give the Galveston area a try and after three hours on the water, had a few sand trout and two sheepshead to show for his efforts. Powers was fishing around docks along Pelican Island using peeled, dead shrimp for bait. Last Wednesday most popular artificials used by trophy trout fishermen. Hemphill and a fishing buddy are going to focus on the big trout during February and March and will be wade fishing areas between Jamaica Beach and Sweetwater Lake. Professional anglers and fishing guides tend to have their personal preferences for baits; however, there are a few that are cited often by those landing large sow trout this time of year. Two Paul Brown baits are among them and those are the Paul Brown Fat Boy Corky and Paul Brown Devil Corky. Both are slow sinking baits and they are two of the most popular baits. The baits have been around for quite a while and were originally known as Corkies and now are part of the Mirrolure group. Mirrolure manufactures several other baits that often are associated with tournament-winning trout. Among them are the Catch 2000, She Dog along with the 52-M series. Heddon produces two popular baits, the Super Spook and Super Spook Jr. There are many more lures on the market that have good reputations for attracting big trout; however, I would venture to say that those listed above are the most popular. If anyone has other recommendations, let us hear from you, as others anglers are interested in this information.
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