FISHING REPORT Huston
Increasing south/southeast wind created choppy conditions but seas remained with small-boat tolerances. Recent fishing was good for king mackerel, dorado and bonito within 30 miles of Galveston and Freeport. Several skippers reported fast action while drifting near weed lines.
Mixed-bag fishing was good off Port Aransas. Mike Creamer reported that a recent trip to rigs about 60 miles off the jetties produced limits of red snapper plus barracudas and numerous rainbow runners.
Surf was choppy and sandy-green under south/southeast wind. Tides were running at near-normal levels and influxes of seaweed hampered some areas. Inshore water temperatures were exceptionally warm; one surf reading off the Galveston Seawall reached 89.2 degrees early Wednesday night, the highest mark in several years.
Galveston Bay complex
Trinity Bay was good for speckled trout. Boaters drifting deeper reefs and slicks caught fish on soft plastics. The same pattern held on East Bay.
Boaters in lower West Bay caught trout on live croakers and shrimp fished on spoil banks. Lower West Bay near San Luis Pass was good for trout on moving tides. Bill Oxner reported using live shrimp to box eight fish that weighed 26 pounds.
Trout fishing was good, reported guide Kris Kelley. Recent trips produced limit and near-limit catches to 24 inches by free-lining live baitfish over deeper reefs. Fly-fisherman Dave Hayward reported that several big tarpon to 150 pounds were jumped in the bay system.
Catfish were steady over baited holes in 20- to 22-foot water along the river channel, reported guide Debby Watson. Most of the fish were in the 1- to 3-pound class. White bass and hybrid bass were fair to good for trollers using small spoons behind deep-diving crankbaits in 18- to 22-foot water off points and over humps. Bream were good on nightcrawlers and grubs in the backs of coves and off docks. The lake is almost a foot below pool and holding good clarity in most areas.
Black bass were fair, reported Kickapoo Marina. Crankbaits, spinnerbaits and Texas-rigged soft plastics were effective worked along brushy drop-offs in creeks and coves. White bass were good on spoons over main-lake humps and road beds; both jigging and trolling were productive. Crappie remained reliable on live shiners in creeks and off docks.
Upper Texas coast
Winds will be southwest at 10 to 15 mph this morning, increasing south-southwest 12 to 20 mph this afternoon and Sunday. Seas in deep water will be 2 to 4 feet this morning, increasing to 3 to 5 feet this afternoon and evening. Skies will be partly cloudy with isolated showers and thunderstorms both days.
Lower Texas coast
Winds will be south-southeast at 12 to 17 mph this morning, increasing south-southeast 15 to 20 mph this afternoon and evening. Seas in deep water will be 3 to 5 feet this morning, increasing to 4 to 6 feet this afternoon and Sunday. Skies will be partly cloudy with isolated showers and thunderstorms both days.
Friday’s Galveston beach water temperature was 88 degrees.
High 5 a.m.; low 8:34 p.m.
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High 4:35 a.m.; low 8:07 p.m.