Houston USA Fishing Report

FISHING REPORT

Galveston Bay
Good catches of sand trout along with a few gulf trout and the occasional speckled trout were reported from shell pads in the middle of the bay. Fresh dead shrimp accounted for most of the panfish. Scattered catches of flounder were taken along the shorelines, reported Josephine Keith of Eagle Point Fish Camp. Live mud minnows or finger mullet fished on bottom produced most of the flatfish, she said.

East Galveston Bay

Good catches of speckled trout and plenty of sand trout were taken over the past several days, reported Jim Vratis of Stingaree Marina. Anglers have found good numbers of trout under flocks of gulls hovering over schools of fish feeding on shrimp, Vratis said.

Also, anglers have keyed on feeding slicks or, when conditions are calm, fleeing shrimp popping from the water. Hannas Reef has produced steady catches of sand trout and the occasional speck and redfish.

Galveston Surf

Sandy-green, slightly choppy surf produced a mix of fish over the past few days, reported Samantha Hallman of the Galveston Fishing Pier. Panfish — croaker, sand trout, whiting, black drum — and a few keeper-size redfish were cooperative for anglers fishing fresh dead bait on bottom, she said.

Those fishing with live bait managed a handful of speckled trout the occasional Spanish mackerel and even a tripletail.

Anglers throwing spoons also scored good numbers of Spanish mackerel, Hallman said.

Offshore

Gulf water is slowing cooling, which has sent most king mackerel, ling and other “summer” pelagic species to warmer water. Bottom fishing remains fairly productive. Anglers aboard the Galveston-based Texsun II and Capt. John partyboats decked fair numbers of red snapper while fishing around rock, wrecks and other structure in 70-80 feet of water. Most snapper hit Spanish sardines or cut squid fished alone or threaded on jigs and fished near bottom.

SHANNON TOMPKINS

Weather

Texas Coast

Winds east-northeast 5-12 mph today, becoming northeast to variable at 5-10 mph Tuesday. Seas in deep water 1-3 feet both days with clear to partly cloudy skies.
Sunday’s Galveston beach water temperature was 77 degrees.

Today’s tides

Galveston

Highs 3:49 a.m., 5:46 p.m.;
lows 10:25 a.m., 11:20 p.m.

Freeport

Highs 2:32 a.m., 4:29 p.m.;
lows 9:17 a.m., 10:12 p.m.

Tuesday’s tides

Galveston

Highs 3:56 a.m., 6:57 p.m.;
low 11:05 a.m.

Freeport

Highs 2:39 a.m., 5:40 p.m.;
lows 9:57 a.m., 11:05 p.m.
By SHANNON TOMPKINS
Copyright 2005 Houston Chronicle

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