Written by Captain Greg Verm
Current Water Temperatures:
Galveston Causeway: 77.4F
Eagle Point: 75.7F
Galveston North Jetty: 76F
San Luis Pass: 76.6F
22 miles in Gulf: 75.2F
Fishing during the month of May along the Texas Gulf Coast has always been predictably unpredictable. To many people, this statement might sound a bit confusing. However, anyone that has grown up along the upper Texas Gulf Coast and spent as much time on our bays as I have will understand completely. Winds, cool fronts, rain, hot days, cool days… the month of May can have all of these. The one fact that is predictable during the month of May is so many awesome things are happening with the bay system and in the Gulf of Mexico. Though we did have a somewhat strong cool front push thru earlier this month… water temps continue to rise each day in our bays and in the Gulf of Mexico. With the rising temperatures, bait fish become active. Fish that spend the winter months in the Gulf of Mexico follow currents and baitfish into our beaches and passes. One of the most fascinating things about the Galveston Beachfront and Bays… you never know what you may catch. On our Galveston Fishing Charters during the summer months, you have the opportunity to catch a vast variety of species. Speckled trout, red fish, flounder, Spanish mackerel, king mackerel, jack crevalle, pompano, tarpon, sharks, stingrays… I have actually seen a sail fish hooked and landed along the south Galveston jetty on a July summer day years ago.
Inshore fishing has been great this month. There have been some days that the strong winds kept us at the dock, but the days that were nice… fishing has been stellar. Speckled trout, redfish, bay snapper and drum have been the most active. The Galveston jetties has large numbers of very solid specks swimming along the rocks. We have been targeting the specks with live shrimp. Mixed in with the specks have been redfish, Spanish mackerel and bay snapper. As the water temps continue to rise, the speckled trout bite will get even better. Our Galveston Fishing Guides look forward to this time of year, and our clients get to experience the finest fishing along the entire Texas Gulf Coast.
The back lakes and bays are boiling with large numbers of fish. These estuaries are the nurseries for the juvenile fish during the Spring and Summer. Protected from predators, the young fish hide in the saltgrass marshes, back lakes and bays. Speckled trout, redfish, flounder, sheepshead and drum are thick in these areas. Though there are allot of fish that are just shy of being legal size to retain, there are also solid fish being caught in these areas as well.
Our Galveston Deep Sea Fishing Charters are beginning, and with red snapper season approaching – it is time for BIGFISH here in Texas. Not only will we be slamming some Giant Red Snapper, we will also be giving ice naps to kingfish, cobia, mahi, wahoo, tuna, and more! This is such a fun time of year to be a fishing charter here on the Texas Gulf Coast, and with our professional Galveston Fishing Guides you can be assured you will be in the best spot to catch that trophy of a lifetime.
If you would like to get in on some Galveston Inshore or Deep Sea Fishing – give us a call. Our Family Friendly Galveston Fishing Guides look forward to fishing with our returning clients, but also meeting new clients and friends.