Fishing Report Port O’Connor Topwater action has improved over the past week, reported guide Lynn Smith. Waders working topwaters close to the shoreline have found cooperative redfish, Smith said. Speckled trout, some weighing as much as 6 pounds, have hit topwaters in spurts and soft-plastic baits fairly consistently, he said. Best trout action has been in deeper (knee-to-waist) water. Chrome/blue has been the best topwater color, and pumpkinseed has produced best for those throwing soft-plastic lures.
Southwesterly wind sanded the surf but didn’t slow catches. The off-color water did bring a halt to excellent speckled trout fishing late this past week. When green water moved in a few days ago, several outstanding trout were landed on the piers. Anglers fishing the sandy surf decked lots of large whiting along with some gafftop, sand trout, drum and several sharks, pier staff said.
Crappie fishing was better Monday than it has been for the past few days, reported guide Butch Terpe. Monday morning, he and two clients fished several brush piles in 15 to 20 feet of water and boxed 35 crappie (including five measuring 15 inches or more), 15 catfish (mostly channel cats) and a handful of white bass.
The fish hit live minnows and small, white jigs.
Good concentrations of white bass and scattered pods of hybrid bass are roaming submerged ridges, humps and points in about 20 feet of water, Terpe said.
Weekend heat caused surface water temperature to jump. Surface water was 83 degrees in the morning, 85 during the day.
Early and late, small topwaters (chuggers) fished around shoreline cover have produced good numbers of small bass and the occasional fish weighing up to 5 pounds, reported guide Roger Bacon.
When the morning topwater bite fades, anglers are locating bass in the submerged hydrilla beds in 6-12 feet of water, Bacon said. Carolina-rig lizards and Super Flukes (watermelon) have worked in the grass. Crappie fishing has been consistent around brush piles in 25-30 feet of water. Live shiners or small jigs (green/white, blue/white) have worked.
— SHANNON TOMPKINS
Winds along the upper coast will be west-southwest at 10-15 mph this morning, south-southwest at 10-15 mph this afternoon and southwest at 10-15 mph tonight. Same along the lower coast with the exception of this evening, when winds will be south-southeast at 12-17 mph. Seas in deep water will be 2-4 feet today, with partly cloudy skies expected through tomorrow.
Monday’s beach-water temperature at Galveston was 78 degrees.
High 7:13 a.m.; low 11:16 p.m.
High 5:56 a.m.; low 10:08 p.m
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