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Weather Forecast Optimistic for Fishing Today

By: Joe Kent
The Daily News

Published November 20, 2006

Sunday morning, the strong northerly wind was an obstacle to fishermen; however, later in the day, conditions improved, and by evening the water was in good shape, paving the way for optimism for today.

Before the front passed through Saturday night, the beachfront fishing piers were experiencing nice catches from the clearer water that had settled in Saturday afternoon. Richard Belleau of the 61st Street Fishing Pier and Samantha Hallman from the Galveston Fishing Pier reported bull reds, sharks, gafftop, pompano, flounder, whiting and croaker being landed. Reports from the Flagship Fishing Pier came from David Herriott, who reported his friend James Farrer's first redfish caught Saturday morning and from Lola Nelson, who landed a 39-inch bull red.

From West Bay comes a late report from Capt. Chris Howard, Bay View Adventures Guide Service, who fished the Confederate Reef area Friday and had a good catch of specks. Howard said that about half of the fish were throwbacks and soft plastics were used as bait.

From the Texas City Dike, we have a report from David Norgan of Anita's Bait and Tackle. He observed a good number of flounder being brought in from the end of the dike. Bull reds and a couple of 4-pound trout were seen as well.

The results of the Texas Lady Anglers Flounder Fishing Tournament held on Saturday were:

Heaviest Stringer, (three flounder maximum) — first place Ann Curry (9.75), second place Denise Tatro (7.82), third place Mary Ellen Widacki (7.23), fourth place Kathy Tipton (7.15) and fifth place Ellen Matthews (6.96). Becky Gary caught the largest flounder, a 4.01 pounder.

Well-known angler Charlie Elmore was awarded the “Skipper of the Day” Trophy for volunteering his time and boat for the tournament. You may recall that Elmore recently won one of the CCA's boat prizes for catching a tagged red fish. I didn't ask if that was the boat he used for the tournament.

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