Galveston Fishing Report – March Madness and April Outlook

Written by Captain Greg Verm

Current Water Temperatures

Eagle Point:  71.6 F

Galveston North Jetty:  68.7 F

Galveston Causeway:  73.6 F

San Luis Pass:  71.7 F

 

It may be a bit early to be certain, but by the looks of things Spring has sprung and March fishing along the Upper Texas Coast is heating up quickly – and the Galveston Fishing Report is excellent.  With a milder than normal winter, our water temperatures stayed in the 50s and 60s all winter and are rising fast.  The first half of March has turned out to be a very nice month with winds staying below 20 kts so far… which is very unusual.  Water temperatures are rising every day and has reached above 70 in some areas of our bay system.  There are some great things happening along the Texas Gulf Coast, and the outlook for April is looking magnificent.

The past week has been great for fishing along the Galveston Jetties.  We had many Spring Breakers visit and book a fishing charter with us.  With many returning clients that have fished with us for years, and even a few new ones – the fishing has been hot.  One thing is certain… there has not been a shortage of bent rods!  The big player on the scene right now is the BaySnapper… aka sheepshead.  The spawn is in full swing right now, and though it has not been fast and furious – the bite has been strong and steady.  We should see more fish showing up in the next couple of weeks as the spawn continues.  The BaySnapper that we are catching right now are on the upper size spectrum with over a 5lb average, and some going over 9lbs.  These fish are great fun to catch, and for those that want to enjoy their fresh caught fish to eat – the BaySnapper are hard to beat.  Fried, baked, grilled, blackened, and even fresh ceviche – these tasty fish are amazing table fare.

Yesterday, I had the pleasure of taking a Dad and his two sons.  Dr. Crumbie, Trey, and King caught fish their entire trip.  It took a little getting used to the subtle bite, but once they figured it out – Game On!  Even 6 yr old King caught on and was battling these fish all by himself within a short time.  It is such a pleasure for us to see the smiles on kids faces as they figure it out and get the hang of catching fish.  Live shrimp freelined along the jetty rocks was the key to success.

Though the BaySnapper are very thick right now along the Galveston Jetties – we are beginning to have some very nice speckled trout and slot redfish mixed in our Galveston Fishing Charters.  We are catching these fish using the same exact technique that is working for the BaySnapper – live shrimp freelined along the rocks.  As water temperatures continue to rise, we will see more specks and reds mixed into our boxes.  The BaySnapper will begin their journey back to the Gulf as the spawn finishes up, and speckled trout will take their place and begin their spawning activities.  Speckled trout will spawn multiple times thru Spring and Summer, and we will begin catching more of these beautiful fish as they move in.

Another great fish that is currently swimming in big numbers around our passes and jetties is the Black Drum.  These Giants of the seas are also in spawning mode.  After we catch a good box of tasty fish, we are moving into the deeper waters and fishing for the drum.  Using cracked crab fished along the bottom – the monstrous black drum are definitely a challenge to reel in.  Using BigGame tackle and gear – these fish can put up a great battle.  Ranging from 20 to 45 pounds, you will get a workout bringing these enormous fish to the boat.

The Galveston Fishing Outlook for April is shaping up to be great.  If water temps continue to rise and we have mild weather stay – the speckled trout and redfish action will heat up quickly.  Yesterday, we caught our first Spanish Mackerel of the season.  This tells us one thing is certain.  The sharks are not far behind.  We might begin our Shark Hunting Trips sooner than normal if this warming trend continues.

If you are looking for a great Coastal Getaway – Give us a call.  Fishing is great.  We are known as the #1 Galveston Family Fishing Charter for a reason.  Come fish with us and find out why!  With waterfront lodging at Bay’s Landing – A Galveston Vacation is your one stop with us.  Call 409-739-8526 or email greg@fishinggalvestontx.com