Galveston surf

Schools of adult reds were roaming the beachfront over the weekend, and the fairly light holiday crowd enjoyed good success.

Cut mullet or menhaden fished from the Galveston Fishing Pier produced lots of bull reds, pier staffer Sonja Hix reported Sunday.

Also, fair numbers of keeper-size reds plus flounder and panfish hit the pier’s boards.

At night, anglers fishing live bait took fair numbers of speckled trout, Hix said.

East Galveston Bay

Light winds allowed anglers to locate feeding slicks around mid-bay reefs and along the shorelines. Most of those slicks were made by large schools of sand trout, said Brad Vratis of Stingaree Marina. But some held speckled trout.

Protected shorelines also produced specks along with a few redfish for waders working topwaters or soft-plastic baits, Vratis said.


Fishing pressure was light for a holiday weekend.

Live shiners fished around brush piles in deep water have produced scattered catches of crappie, reported Leanne Williamson of Lake Somerville Marina.

Fair catches of largemouth bass were taken from cover sitting in 6-12 feet of water. Most of the fish hit soft-plastic worms or lizards, but deep-diving crankbaits have worked, too.


Only five teams participated in Stow-A-Way Marina’s weekly Sunday morning bass tournament — less than half the usual field. And while fishing was not incredibly productive, the anglers did land some quality largemouths. Best bass of the contest was a 6.13-pounder, said marina operator Vince Anderson.

Most of the largemouths hit soft-plastic, Texas-rig worms fished around cover in 10-12 feet of water, Anderson said.

Anglers on the water early are finding a few cooperative catfish around baited holes in 20-30 feet of water along the river channel.


Upper Texas coast

Winds will be east to northeast 8-15 mph today with seas in deep water at 2-4 feet today and increasing to 3-5 feet tonight. Skies will be partly cloudy with isolated showers.

Saturday’s Galveston beach water temperature was 86 degrees.

Today’s tides


Highs 6:13 a.m., 5:55 p.m.;
lows 11:43 a.m., 11:50 p.m.


Highs 4:56 a.m., 4:38 p.m.;
lows 10:35 a.m., 10:42 p.m.

Tuesday’s tides


Highs 6:19 a.m., 7 p.m.;
low 12:15 p.m.


Highs 5:02 a.m., 5:43 p.m.;
lows 11:07 a.m., 11:11 p.m
Houston Chronicle

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