Anglers had success catching largemouth bass from fairly shallow water, reported Keith Blair of Lake Fork Marina.
Topwaters (Pop R, Yellow Magic) fished around edges of submerged vegetation in 2-5 feet of water have accounted for good catches early. Every couple of days, buzzbaits seem to produce, too, Blair said. When the shallow-water bite fades, anglers are backing to deeper water and working wacky worms or Senkos along the edge or grass lines in 8-12 feet of water.
Crappie fishing has been productive for anglers targeting brush on points or bridge pilings in 14-20 feet of water, Blair said. Most anglers are using small jigs (pumpkin/blue, gray-on-gray, pink/white), tipping the hook with a small minnow if the jig alone doesn’t draw strikes.
Lower Galveston Bay
A slug of salty water shoved into the lower reaches of the bay over the past few days, with most observers saying the influx is related to Tropical Storm Arlene far to the east.
Whatever the cause, the “new” water appears to have brought along some unusual fish.
Several tripletail, a species seldom caught inshore along the upper coast, were landed in the lower bay over the weekend, reported Ron Spozio of Teakwood Marina.
On Saturday, an angler targeting speckled trout around the mouth of Campbell’s Bayou hooked and fought a tarpon weighing about 80 pounds, Spozio said.
Anglers fishing at night from beachfront piers scored good catches of speckled trout over the weekend. Green water produced outstanding trout numbers, with success coming to those fishing live shrimp, mullet, half-beak or other live finfish, reported Leticia Hix of the Galveston Fishing Pier.
During the day Sunday, the sandy/green water coughed up Spanish mackerel, sharks, rays, whiting, sand trout and gafftop, Hix said.
Upper Texas coast
Winds will be southeast at 10-15 mph today and east at 10-18 mph on Tuesday. Seas in deep water will be 2-3 feet today and 3-4 feet Tuesday. Skies will be partly cloudy today and partly to mostly cloudy Tuesday with isolated showers and thunderstorms.
Lower Texas coast
Winds will be southeast at 10-18 mph today and east at 10-18 mph on Tuesday. Deep-water seas will be 3-4 feet both days. Skies will be partly cloudy today and partly to mostly cloudy Tuesday with isolated showers and thunderstorms.
Sunday’s Galveston beach water temperature was 86 degrees.
High 11:16 a.m.; low 2:42 a.m.
High 9:59 a.m.; low 1:34 a.m.
Highs 11:29 a.m., 10:50 p.m.;
lows 3:21 a.m., 6:47 p.m.
Highs 10:12 a.m., 9:33 p.m.;
lows 2:13 a.m., 5:39 p.m.
By SHANNON TOMPKINS