July 12, 2006, 1:08AM
Wind kicked up from the south/southeast, bumping seas into the
3-foot range for the first time in several days. Tarpon fishing was excellent earlier in the week in 30- to 40-foot water off Galveston Island.
Surf was small and sandy-green during the early week. Prior to the wind increase, Randy Toler reported catching several speckled trout to 21 inches on topwater plugs while wading near Surfside Beach.
Galveston Bay complex
Brea Wright caught a 9-pound,
5-ounce trout on a live croaker Saturday morning near the Houston Ship Channel. The 30 1/2 -inch fish is leading the upper coastal division for trout in the State of Texas Anglers Rodeo.
Middle/lower Gulf Coast
Trout to 25 inches were good on topwater plugs in Mesquite Bay near Port O'Connor, reported Bay Flats Lodge.
Fred Tooley reported catching and releasing a 30-inch trout from Baffin Bay. The 9-pound fish struck a live croaker.
Choke Canyon Reservoir
Black bass were good, reported the Callaham Store. Fish were taking frog-imitation plastics and spinnerbaits off weedbeds and in coves early and late. Midday fish were taking large plastics in 10- to 20-foot water off main-lake points. Crappie were reliable on jigs and minnows over brush in 8- to 12-foot water. The lake was approximately 5 feet below pool.
Toledo Bend Reservoir
Fish were taking chugger-type topwater plugs and buzzbaits early and late along edges of grass near drop-offs. Carolina-rigged plastics and crankbaits were effective during midmorning hours off points and channels in 10- to 20-foot water.
Crappie were fair to good on minnows and jigs over brush piles in 15- to 20-foot water. The lake was approximately 5 feet below pool with adequate clarity in most areas.
Upper Texas Coast
The forecast calls for south to southeasterly winds from 10 to 16 mph into early tonight with wind speed tailing off to as little as 8 mph late tonight into Thursday. Seas will be at 2 to 4 feet today, with the maximum dropping to 3 feet by early Thursday. Skies will be mostly cloudy with some thunderstorms both days.
Tuesday's Galveston beach water temperature was 86 degrees.
Highs 8:04 a.m., 2:51 p.m.;
low 11:29 a.m.
Highs 6:47 a.m., 1:34 p.m.;
lows 10:21 a.m., 10:52 p.m.
Highs midnight, 12:29 p.m.;
lows 8:33 a.m., 4:12 p.m.
Highs 7:16 a.m., 2:55 p.m.;
Lows 11:21 a.m., 11:40 p.m.