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FISHING/HUNTING REPORT
Beachfront

Galveston Fishing Pier reported fair strings of gafftop, sand trout and whiting on fresh shrimp. Also steady sharks and bull reds and sharks on cut bait, along with fair numbers of keeper reds. Surf was mostly sandy, slightly choppy under a light southwest wind late afternoon.

San Luis Pass

Pass pier reported good numbers of bull reds overnight on cut bait. Also scattered sharks under the lights, along with a few speckled trout taken on live shrimp. Daytime fishing slow, but a few bull reds were taken midafternoon. Water was sandy and choppy under a southwest wind at 12-15 mph.

Trinity Bay

Trout fair to 4 pounds on topwaters fished around active baitfish along protected shorelines. Best bites early, but also a few fish through the day on soft plastics worked over shell in slightly deeper water. No update on redfish. Water was in fair shape.

Lake Livingston

Kickapoo Marina reported fair numbers of bass to 3 pounds on lizards or worms fished around boat docks. White bass good to 16 inches on trolled spoons. Crappie improving on minnows soaked in deeper brush up creeks. Catfish fair on trotlines. Lake was not quite a foot below normal level, in good shape.

Fayette County

Old Park Lodge reported only a few boats on the lake recently despite good weather and water conditions. Black bass suspended over points in 18-24 feet of water, best on worms or deep-diving crankbaits. Redear good on mealworms or nightcrawlers fished over sand flats in 5-6 feet of water.

Hunting

Opening of teal season went well in wetter parts of the coastal prairie but was spotty elsewhere. Thick early fog made it tough for hunters in some areas to the west to make positive identification before ducks buzzed through the decoys, but patient shooters generally managed to get their birds. Shooting pressure should help to disperse heavy concentrations of teal onto outlying ponds and flooded fields; prospects through the remainder of the abbreviated special season are good.

DOUG PIKE

Weather

Upper Texas coast

Winds will be southeast at 5-12 mph today into tonight and variable at 5-12 mph Monday.

Seas in deep water will be 1-3 feet today and Monday. Skies will be partly cloudy with isolated showers and thunderstorms both days.

Lower Texas coast

Winds will be southeast at 8-15 mph today, east-southeast at 10-17 tonight and east at 8-15 on Monday. Seas in deep water will be 2-4 feet today and Monday. Skies will be partly cloudy with isolated showers and thunderstorms both days.

Saturday’s Galveston beach water temperature was 86 degrees.

Today’s tides

Galveston

Highs 5:13 a.m., 5:10 p.m.;

lows 10:50 a.m., 11:27 p.m.

Freeport

Highs 3:56 a.m., 3:53 p.m.;

lows 9:42 a.m., 10:19 p.m.

Monday’s tides

Galveston

Highs 5:26 a.m., 6:28 p.m.;

lows 11:32 a.m.

Freeport

Highs 4:09 a.m., 5:11 p.m.;

lows 10:24 a.m., 11:06 p.m.
By DOUG PIKE

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