Huston Fishing Report USA – Fishing success was good over the weekend, with great surf fishing Saturday when northeast wind on the backside of Hurricane Katrina flattened the surf.
Anglers able to take advantage of the brief window (surf roughed Sunday) nailed good catches of speckled trout on mullet-imitation plugs and soft-plastic baits fished in the first and second guts, reported guide Chris Martin.
Fishing in the bays was good, too.
Best speckled trout catches have been taken around shell pads, reefs and along the edge of channels. Tequila/gold soft-plastics have been one of the best colors.
In East Matagorda Bay, gulls have been working over feeding schools of gafftop, sand trout and undersize speckled trout. Lots of action, said guide Mark Talasek, but few keeper specks.
Best trout fishing has been over grass flats in West Matagorda Bay where waders throwing soft-plastic lures have scored good numbers of specks, Talasek reported.
Stiff wind made for rough conditions in open areas of the lake, cutting further into what has been light fishing pressure during this stretch of hot weather.
Largemouth bass have been tough to come by, with most anglers happy to get a couple of keepers in a morning.
A three-bass string weighing 8.60 pounds took first place in Stow-A-Way Marina’s Sunday morning bass tournament, reported marina operator Vince Anderson. A 4.11-pounder took big-bass honors.
Most of the bass have been taken from water at least 8 feet deep, with the majority coming from 12-17 feet of water. Plastic worms have been the best producers, with deep-diving crankbaits also accounting for a few largemouths.
Catfishing remains fair around baited holes in deep water, he said.
Crappie remain the most cooperative species in the reservoir, said guide Roger Bacon. Good concentrations of crappie are holding around brush piles in 20-30 feet of water and hitting small jigs or live shiners.
If morning breaks with an overcast sky, shallow-water fishing for largemouth bass remains fair for a little while.
Once the sun gets up, it’s Carolina-rig or drop-shot rigs (flukes, finesse worms) fished around brush in 15-25 feet of water, Bacon said.
Upper Texas coast
Winds will be north to northwest 20-30 mph this morning and west to northwest decreasing to 15-25 mph this afternoon through tonight. Seas in deep water will be 14- 20 feet this morning into this afternoon, subsiding 10-14 feet, mostly a swell tonight and 7-10 feet overnight. Skies will be partly cloudy with a chance for showers.
Monday’s Galveston beach water temperature was 89 degrees.
High 5:24 a.m.; low 8:52 p.m.
High 4:07 a.m.; low 7:44 p.m.
High 5:37 a.m.; low 9:31 p.m.
High 4:20 a.m.; low 8:23 p.m