The brief spurt of tropical weather in the lower Gulf failed to impact the upper coast; however another wad of unsettled weather may enter the Gulf, leaving the late-week outlook uncertain. Surf was small and green to sandy-green between Galveston and Surfside Beach. Dirty Pelican Pier at Gilchrist reported sandy surf but speckled trout were active at night.
Galveston Bay complex
Trout remained fair, and light wind allowed fishable clarity to hold in many areas of the primary bays. Deeper reefs, spoil banks and well pads were reliable for boaters using live bait or soft plastics worked near bottom. Slicks were holding fish, but sand trout and gafftop catfish sometimes were mixed with the specks.
Trout were fair to good, reported guide Chris Martin. Waders working waist- to chest-deep flats caught fish to three pounds on soft plastics rigged on 1/8 -ounce jig heads. The morning tide was most productive. Several pods of redfish were located on shallow grass flats, where small topwater plugs were effective.
Black bass remained slow to fair, reported guide Butch Terpe. Occasional fish were caught on soft plastics and crankbaits over pond dams, humps, and road beds in 8- to 17-foot water. Bream were good on meal worms along riprap and edges of grass. White bass and small hybrid bass were good on small spoons trolled behind deep-diving crankbaits over 15- to 20-foot main-lake humps.
Black bass were fair early and late, reported Kickapoo Marina. Texas-rigged plastics and spinnerbaits were effective on scattered fish to four pounds near logs and brushy dropoffs. White bass were steady on trolled or jigged spoons over main-lake humps and road beds, and light wind continued to favor the open-water fishing.
Upper Texas coast
Winds will be south 5-12 mph this morning, south to southwest 8-13 mph this afternoon, west 5-12 mph this evening and south 5-12 mph overnight with seas in deep water at 1-2 feet. Skies are forecast to be partly cloudy with a chance for isolated showers and thunderstorms.
Tuesday’s Galveston beach water temperature was 90 degrees.
Highs 2 a.m., 2:45 p.m.;low 7:27 a.m., 10:49 p.m.
Highs 12:52 a.m., 1:37 p.m.;lows 6:10 a.m., 9:32 p.m.
High 7:15 a.m.;lows 2:53 a.m.,
High 5:58 a.m.;lows 1:45 a.m.,
By JOE DOGGETT