Anglers fishing the green water Saturday night enjoyed good speckled trout action, with most of the fish hitting live shrimp, piggy perch or finger mullet.
Sunday, anglers on the Galveston Fishing Pier managed to deck fair numbers of Spanish mackerel, whiting and sheepshead, reported pier staffer Sonja Hix.
Those baiting with cut bait and using heavy tackle wrestled sharks and rays, she said.
Anglers reported consistent action around structure in 40-100 feet of water. Fair numbers of red snapper were taken, but anglers reported many fish just short of the 16-inch minimum.
Fair catches of king mackerel and the occasional ling, plus a mix of bonita, vermilion snapper and line-cutting Spanish mackerel, were holding around structure.
Stormy conditions over the past couple of weeks have scattered floating vegetation, making it tough to find “weed beds” holding fish.
Guide Chris Martin reported fishing success on speckled trout for those anglers concentrating on sand guts paralleling the shoreline. The most productive guts have been in 2-3 feet of water. Jigs trimmed with soft-plastic bodies (red, red/white, orange) have produced trout measuring as much as 22 inches.
Recent high tides send redfish into the shallow waters.
Creeks and coves in the lake’s upper reaches have produced consistent largemouth bass fishing for anglers concentrating on shallow water, said guide David Cox of Palmetto Guide Service.
Bass weighing as much as 4 pounds have been taken by anglers concentrating on points, vegetation, brush and other cover in 4-6 feet of water, Cox said.
Shallow-running crankbaits in pearl/chartreuse patterns were among the most productive lures.
Upper Texas coast
Winds east-southeast 8 to 13 mph today and into Tuesday morning, then increasing south- southeast 12 to 17 mph Tuesday afternoon and evening. Seas in deep waters 2 to 4 feet through Tuesday evening. Partly cloudy with isolated showers and thunderstorms both days.
Sunday’s Galveston beach water temperature was 87 degrees.
Highs 8:46 a.m., 8:21 p.m.;
lows 1:33 a.m., 2:41 p.m.
Highs 7:29 a.m., 7:04 p.m.;
lows 12:25 a.m., 1:33 p.m.
Highs 9:03 a.m., 10:19 p.m.;
lows 2:21 a.m., 3:41 p.m.
Highs 7:46 a.m., 9:02 p.m.;
lows 1:13 a.m., 2:33 p.m
By SHANNON TOMPKINS