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Welcome to our Galveston Bay Fishing Reports or Galveston Fishing Reports page. I will try to post Bi-weekly fishing reports for the areas that my brother and I have fished recently and the other hot spots around the Galveston Bay Complex where fish are being caught. We will give up to date fishing reports on the speckled trout, redfish, flounder and other seasonal action. Hope you enjoy all the reports. This is our archive page, this page will have past fishing reports from up to a year ago.


GALVESTON FISHING REPORTS

May 31th, 2011

 Well the end of May is here and for me and thousands of other anglers we couldn't be more happy. This May was the windiest May ever on record. May is traditionally a great month to fish. Every May we have some great trips, but this year it was consistently windy! For me and my brother, we can get out and catch some fish even if the winds are 15-20mph. When the winds are 20 plus, gusting to 30 and this is an every day occurrence then it causes us to just be safe and cancel or reschedule trips. We want you as a customer to have an enjoyable experience and only catching a few fish in 20-30mph isn't fun at all. Now the forecast for the 1st week of June looks excellent! We should really see a vast improvement in fishing over the next week and weeks to come. Winds are SUPPOSE to be under 13 mph for the next 5 days. I will be heading out to the mid bay reefs and the channel to dredge some croaker. I will also post more reports and post more pictures, so look for some good Galveston Bay fishing reports soon. If you want to get out on the water and take advantage of this good weather or reserve a future day, please give us a call. Until next time, see you on the water.

May Trout Trip May Speckled Trout
 

May 9th, 2011

 May is here, but the winds are too. We have really had some high winds over the past month, it is time for some rain and the winds to lay down. On the very few days that the wind hasn't blown 20mph plus, we have been able to catch some nice fish. The trout are healthy and when the weather has been decent they have been plentiful. Even on some of the windy days we have managed to box some nice fish. Right now we are catching most of our fish close to the shorelines with live shrimp under a cork. Live shrimp & artificials have been the best baits to produce good fish. Most anglers are catching their fish in the mornings and on non windy days. The croaker bite hasn't been as good right now, but as we head towards summer we will start to fish with live croaker over some mid bay reefs and near some wells. The trout like that deeper water as the water heats up. This weekend the weather looks really good and we should have some good trips. Hopefully all these high winds will be a thing of the past. I will post some more pics. on my next report. Until next time, see you on the water.

Trout, Red Fish & Sheepshead


April 25th, 2011

 Well mother nature sure has made it though for us to fish lately! It has been an extremely windy month of April and the past 2 weeks have been really bad. This past week we have had 20 mph plus winds almost every day. I have only fished 4 days during this period and we did catch some nice fish, but it was really bumpy out there. I don't like to miss out on my scheduled trips, but sometimes it really isn't worth all the hassle. Safety and catching fish are my main concerns for my customers. I'm not going to put any ones safety in jeopardy or just take you on a fishing trip that I know you are not going to enjoy. Sure there are some days when we can get out there on windy days and catch some nice fish. I'm sure we all have had those days, but they are not that common. Most of the time when we have 20 mph plus winds day after day, the fishing all over suffers. We can always fish a protected shoreline, but the fish have to be there for that to be successful. Not only are we getting these very windy days, we are in a serious drought. The concentrated schools of speckled trout and red fish are really spread out right now. The bays are very salty and fish are everywhere. Now all this being said as soon as these winds lay and we get some rain, conditions will improve and the fishing will get really good. I'm looking forward to that day! Be safe out there and good luck fishing. Until next time, see you on the water.


March 22nd, 2011

 Usually during Spring Break every year we seem to get blown off the water with 25-35 mph winds. The winds weren't perfect this year, but we were able to fish every day during Spring Break. We were very blessed with good weather and winds that were not too bad. I had some very productive days on the water. Most every trip produced 25-75 fish (sheep head, red fish, puppy drum, bull drum, whiting, sand trout and gulf trout) and our customers were very happy. These trips are great for the kids and families just wanting to catch some fish. Some of our customer went home with (4-5) gallon baggies full of fillets, while others wanted to catch and release everything. The beauty of these trips are anglers catch a variety of fish and have a great time. My brother Capt. Steven also had similar outings with satisfied customers. We will still be offering these Spring Break trips through all of April and the way it is looking we will start targeting speckled trout in about 2 weeks. The schooling trout traditionally show up around April and it is easier to stay on consistent fish then. There has been some speckled trout being caught around the bay system lately and it looks like this year is going to be a great one for speckled trout. We caught a lot of quality trout last year, we caught more juvenile trout (14-16 in.) last year than we have in many years. The good news is those smaller trout will be good quality 17-20 inch trout this year. When we start fishing for speckled trout we will being using live shrimp under a cork and we will always have some soft plastics ready for some bird action. These fishing trips are also fun and great for any angler, experienced or novice. If you want to get out on the water and get in on some of this action, give us a call. Until next time, see you on the water.


February 16th, 2011

 It has been awhile since I have posted anything on here. Usually in Jan. & Feb. every year my brother and I don't book too many fishing trips. The weather is really too unpredictable and most people just don't want to get out in the wind on those cold days and try to grind it out to catch some fish. Some fish are still being caught around our bay system, but you really have to pick those good weather days and know where to go. Winter time fishing is so different than other seasonal fishing. Your presentation has to be slow, you still key on bait fish, but you have to try to find the off colored water instead of the clear water. Of course you have to try to avoid the wind and the high pressure. That's a lot to deal with when you plan to go fishing. We have had a very cold Feb. this year and I'm sure it is on every ones mind if this is going to affect our fishing this coming year. Well it could ,but from what I heard there wasn't as many fish killed from these freeze. The 1st freeze probably caused many species to head out to the Gulf towards warmer water, so the 2nd freeze didn't kill as many fish as we thought it would. Fish always seem to be in abundance every year, no matter what mother nature throws at them. Spring is not too far off and I'm so ready to get back on the water. By the last week of Feb. we will be on the water on a regular basis, so look for our reports. To anyone that is interested, I started a blog about Galveston Fishing or Galveston Bay Fishing recently. Please feel free to check it out at www.galvestonbayfishingblog.blogspot.com I created this blog for all of us. I will be posting all sorts of information on it that has anything to do with fishing and Galveston. There will be a variety of subjects posted and you will be able to leave your comments. All I ask is to be courteous, honest and of course no profanity or nudity! I have 2 post up already and more is coming. Last but not least we will be at the fishing show again this year at the George R. Brown Conv. Center Hall A (booth 546) March 2nd - 6th, so if you get a chance come by and visit with us. Can't wait for some trout trips like below, good job guys!.Until next time, see you on the water.

Speckled Trout

November 1st, 2010

 Well November is here which means the seasonal runs are coming up. Not just the flounder run, but most of the saltwater species that are abundant in our bay system have their runs too. Schools of fish like sand trout, bull whiting, sand trout among other species slowly make their way out to deeper waters in the gulf. Fishing is overlooked by too many anglers this time of the year. With the movement of these schools, the birds working in the bays, the great action at the jetties and trout, redfish and flounder still biting, anglers should be taking advantage of the great fishing that is available. The past 2 weeks have been good for us when the winds aren't blowing us off the water. The weather this time of year can get really windy on the bays with all these fronts that pass through. If you can plan a trip around a frontal system, you can really have a great day on the water! We have been fishing a little in East Bay and also in Trinity Bay. The birds finally started working on a daily basis, but you have to work them right to get some keepers. For a whole week we were catching mostly undersized speckled trout and small sand trout under the birds. Lately that has changed with more quality specks being caught. Fishing slicks over shell with soft plastics (limetrus & chicken on the chain) has also been productive at times. Just remember that when you are fishing schools of fish under the birds or fishing slicks, you should always be courteous to other boaters. Using your trolling motor correctly and being respectful can go a long way towards everyone catching plenty of fish. My brother and I run a full time guide service and we are part of the Galveston Bay fishing Team, so we can get you out on the water anytime of the year. If you need any information or have any questions about fishing this time of the year just give us a call. Well until next time, see you on the water.

Fall Fishing Speckled Trout


September 10th, 2010

 September is here and fishing is still good. People this time of the year are busy with back to school issues and summer vacations are coming to an end. Fishing Trips slow down for us every year at this time, but the trips we are doing are producing good boxes of trout and redfish. It is an excellent chance for you to get out and have an exciting fishing trip without all the boat traffic and real hot weather. Traditionally the birds will start feeding on big schools of fish that are feeding on shrimp that is exiting the bayous and marsh drains. We call this type of fishing "working the birds" and at times it can be non stop action. We will cast artificial lures under the birds and catch all types of fish. What is so exciting about this type of fishing is you never know what species of fish is feeding under these birds. Some schools are all quality speckled trout, huge or keeper redfish, sand trout, gulf trout, gaff top and some are mixed with a wide variety of species. We also fish some shell reefs and deep structure at times with artificial lures or live bait with good success. September and October have produced some of the best fishing trips we have ever had so if you get a chance, book a trip. Kids and family trips are very popular this time of year, because of the great fishing action. As for location we will most likely be fishing Trinity Bay or East Bay for the next 2 months. There is fish all over our bay system right now from lower Galveston all the way up to Burnett Bay. I have been getting good reports from all over. We have also been catching more keeper redfish over the past couple of weeks. There are some good schools of speckled trout and redfish in the areas we are fishing. Of course good weather is the key, with low winds and good tidal movement you should be able to catch a good box of fish. Well until next time, see you on the water.

Spekled Trout Kids Trip


August 17th, 2010

 August is a hot month! The winds usually lay down in August which allows us to get on some good numbers of trout and redfish, but it can get really hot and sometimes very uncomfortable later in the day. Drink plenty of water and fluids on your trip and you will fell so much better. As for fishing it has been really great so far this month with very few slow days mixed in. The bite has been very strong early (sunrise) and then we have to move around and grind it out the rest of the day. Fishing the early morning tide has been the key. The speckled trout have been feeding on that moving incoming and outgoing tide. It's really important to pay attention to tidal movement and water clarity when planning a fishing trip, but when the water reaches 85-90 degrees it is even more important to try to fish a moving tide and get out early. Most of our fish are being caught in 8-12 feet of water over shell. We are still fishing with croaker mainly dredging over structure in East Bay and the Galveston Channel. I think the bite will remain strong for the next 2-3 weeks where we are fishing and then we will be headed to Trinity Bay to fish under the birds with artificial baits. If you want to get the kids out one last time before school starts or get in on this good trout action, give us a call. Until next time, see you on the water.

Three Limits of Trout Family Trip


August 1st, 2010

 OK it has been over 2 months since my last report and I apologize for that. I have had to take care of some personal issues including my mother passing away in June. She was a great person, a wonderful mother and she will be missed! A small issue with my lower unit and some changes to my website have also caused my delay on my reports. Now that this issues have been resolved I will be posting reports every 2 or 3 weeks again. July was really outstanding! Our outings were very productive with near limits and limits of trout on most every trip. Drifting over shell reefs and anchored on the channel fishing with croaker proved to be the best for us. A few days we even had to release 2-4 trout over 25 inches! Nice healthy trout along with some nice keeper trout ( 17-23 in.) were the norm. As for fishing over the past couple of weeks, it has been good to great. The trout seem like they are on the move. The 3 consecutive days of rain early this past week and the full moon have made it a little more difficult to get on solid schools of feeding trout. We have been having to grind it out 1 day to get a solid box of fish and then the very next day we catch them pretty easily. I expect it to improve this week, getting off that full moon and light winds should help. My brother and I will probably start fishing some new areas and see what happens. August is still a great month to get out and fish, so don't over look it just because it's so hot. We usually head back to the dock earlier to avoid the heat! Getting out on the water early is the key. We will be fishing with croaker for all of August most likely and start to fish the birds with artificial baits in September. Those are some really fun trips. We are a full time guide service year round so don't hesitate to give us a call if you need any information. or want to reserve a trip. Until next time, see you on the water.

Summer Trip East Bay Fishing


June 2nd, 2010

 When it comes to fishing the Galveston Bay Complex this time of the year it is usually pretty simple. The conditions are usually great and the fish are easy to catch. Well for whatever reason the winds just won't go away! Every day I think that the wind will lay and we will get on our regular fishing pattern, catching near limits or limits of trout on every trip. Well as you can see from the picture below, when the winds are 12 mph or less we are having great success. We just can't seem to get enough of those days lately. My brother and I always warn our customers about the wind and we try to reschedule any days that are too windy, but sometimes they still want to go. If the winds won't put anyone in danger we will try our hardest to go to protected areas and make the best of the day. Unfortunately the fish aren't always in those areas. Now we do have good success on some windy days, but it is really hard to consistently catch good numbers of fish when the wind is 20-30 mph! Good news is it is almost June and the winds should start to subside soon. All the bays should start to produce good numbers of speckled trout and redfish. I think this summer is going to be great fishing and some big trout will be caught. On some recent good weather days we have been catching good numbers, but we have also been catching more 4-6lb trout on these trips than in the past. Our bay system is in great condition and the fish seem really healthy, this is great news for all of us. As for locations we will start fishing the mid bay reefs and deeper water around the channel. I will let you know where we are having better results on my next report. We have tried croaker with mixed results, but shrimp has worked best for us lately probably because of the windy days. We will be using live croaker from now to September. Well until next time, see you on the water.

Spring Time Trout Spring Time Trip

Gone Fishng

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