Anglers took good catches of speckled trout and fair numbers of redfish from reefs, wells and other structure from Texas City to past San Leon, reported Johnny Valentino of Eagle Point Fish Camp.
Most of the catches, including several limits of trout, have fallen to live bait (croaker, shrimp) fished around the structure early in the morning, Valentino said.
Anglers fishing the green water that has held under the piers the past several nights have decked decent numbers of speckled trout, with most of the fish hitting live bait or small spoons and jigs.
During the day on Thursday, anglers soaking shrimp, squid or cut bait took fair numbers of gafftop, whiting and sharks, reported staff at the Galveston Fishing Pier.
East Galveston Bay
Live bait (shrimp, croaker) along with mullet-imitation plugs and soft-plastic baits have taken trout and the occasional redfish.
Mid-bay reefs are coughing up fair numbers of trout along with scattered large gafftop. Free-lined live croaker have been the best bet for specks. Shrimp have taken the gafftop and trout.
Guide Butch Terpe reported decent action on white bass and hybrid striped bass by trolling over humps, points and ridges in 17-20 feet of water. Trolling a deep-diving crankbait trailing a small Pet spoon has produced 10-20 white bass along with lots of under-size and a few “keeper” hybrids, he said.
Catfishing has been steady over baited holes along channels in 20-25 feet of water.
Crappie fishing has been slow, with a few fish caught on minnows fished around brush in 15-20 feet of water.
The lake’s largemouth bass are locked into summer patterns. That means topwaters at dawn and dusk, deep-water dredging with soft-plastics during the day.
Best topwater action has been around stands of peppergrass in 2-5 feet of water, said guide Roger Bacon. Small topwater plugs or soft-plastic topwater “toad” baits have been productive.
During the day, hydrilla beds in 6-12 feet of water have produced scattered bass for anglers doing a slow crawl with Texas-rig plastic worms or jerkbaits in watermelon or plum/apple colors.
Crappie fishing continues to be very good, Bacon said. Best bite has been around brush piles in 20-30 feet of water.
Upper Texas coast
Winds will be south-southwest at 10 to 15 mph this morning and south-southwest 12 to 20 mph this afternoon into tonight. Seas in deep waters will be 2 to 3 feet today and Saturday. Skies will be partly to mostly cloudy with isolated showers possible both days.
Thursday’s Galveston beach water temperature was 89 degrees.
Highs 2:25 a.m., 11:30 a.m.;
lows 6:12 a.m., 7:19 p.m.
Highs 1:08 a.m., 10:13 a.m.;
lows 5:04 a.m., 6:11 p.m.
Highs 3:38 a.m., 11:03 a.m.;
lows 7:51 a.m., 7:57 p.m.
Highs 2:21 a.m., 9:46 a.m.;
lows 6:43 a.m., 6:49 p.m
By SHANNON TOMPKINS
Copyright 2005 Houston Chronicle