Moderate northeast wind bumped the open Gulf but fishing was good prior to the front. Guide Mike Segall, of Freeport-based Reel Threel Sportfishing, reported recent limit catches of red snapper to 19 pounds, plus several late-season ling to 35 pounds. Nearshore fishing was good for bull redfish; a recent trip produced approximately 30 fish on shad fished near the bottom.
The Galveston-based party boat, Capt. John, reported fair to good red snapper fishing. A recent trip 45 miles southeast of Galveston boxed 120 fish for 49 anglers.
Northeast wind discouraged late-week efforts along the upper coast. Surf was choppy and sandy to sandy-green. Inshore water readings were holding in the upper 70s. Recent catches from the Galveston Fishing Pier included bull redfish, keeper redfish, small sharks, croaker and gafftop catfish.
Galveston Bay complex
Northeast wind was a setback but prospects remaining fair to good in cooling water. East Bay was reliable for speckled trout over reefs in 3- to 6-foot water, reported Teakwood Marina. Drifters and waders caught fish on soft plastics rigged on quarter-ounce heads. The upper end of East Bay and the lower end of West Bay were fair for speckled trout and sand trout under birds, conditions permitting. Soft plastics or live shrimp under corks were effective on the “bird trout.”
Flounder were fair on live baitfish and shrimp fished near bottom during moving currents near San Luis Pass and Cold Pass, reported several anglers.
Small 1- to 2-pound catfish were good on prepared baits over baited holes along channels in 18- to 20-foot water, reported guide Butch Terpe. A recent trip produced 55 fish in approximately 2 1/2 hours. Black bass were fair on Carolina-rigged plastic over brush piles and off rocks and docks.
Black bass were fair on Texas-rigged plastics, spinnerbaits and crankbaits worked along brushy drop-offs and around log jams in creek channels. White bass were reliable on jigging spoons over main-lake structures, wind permitting. Crappie were fair on live shiners in creeks .
Winds Saturday north-northeast at 10-15 mph in the morning, northeast to east-northeast at 10-15 mph in the afternoon, east at 10-15 mph in the evening and decreasing to northeast at 8-13 mph at night. Winds Sunday east-northeast 8 to 13 mph in the morning, becoming east-northeast 5 to 10 mph in the afternoon through night. Seas in deep water Saturday 3- 5 feet becoming 2-4 feet at night. Skies partly cloudy to clear.
Friday’s Galveston beach water temperature was 80 degrees.
Highs 3:27 a.m., 3:18 p.m.;
lows 9:15 a.m., 9:37 p.m.
Highs 2:10 a.m., 2:01 p.m.;
lows 8:07 a.m., 8:29 p.m.
Highs 3:39 a.m., 4:34 p.m.;
lows 9:15 a.m., 9:37 p.m.
Highs 2:22 a.m., 3:17 p.m.;
lows 8:40 a.m., 9:21 p.m.