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1988 Diary


Date

Water Color

Wind

Rating

Comments

1/1/88

Off Color

Variable

Poor

Jan. Feb. & Mar. fished in bay mostly & didn't do any good to speak of. Got a lot of Oysters during this time.

3/19/88

Off Color

North

Poor

3/19,&20/88 caught 3 Whiting & 2 Hardheads around Pass.

3/26/88

Green

Variable

Poor

Caught 20 or so Hardheads,&12 Whiting.3/26,&27/88 Beach Water temp. 66*.

4/1/88

Off Color

Variable

Poor

Fished almost every weekend in April & didn't do any good.

5/1/88

Off Color

Variable

Poor

Fished every weekend in May & was basically shut outTrout showing up.

5/20/88

Off Color

Variable

Fair

Fished at night & caught 1 Trout & 8 Shark.

5/29/88

Muddy

Variable

Poor

Wind picked up & turned off all fishing.5/29, & 30/88.

6/4/88

Muddy

South

Poor

Surf rough & caught small Shark.6/4, & 5/88.

6/11/88

Green

East

Fair

Caught 1 Shark & 1 Trout.

6/12/88

Green

East

Poor

Heavy winds & no fish.

6/13/88

Green

East

Poor

Went to Pass in boat & caught a lot of small fish but no keepers.

6/14/88

Green

East

Good

Fished near Pass & caught 3 Reds 40", 27", & 27" & 5 Gafftop.

6/15/88

Green

East

Fair

Fished near Pass & caught 5# Trout,& 25" Red on Mullet.

6/24/88

Off Color

South

Poor

Caught 1 Large Ray in 3 days 24,25,&26.Hardly any bites.

7/3/88

Muddy

SW

Fair

Caught 3 Gafftop, 2 Trout, & 2 Shark. 7/3,& 4/88. Rainy.

7/9/88

Muddy

SE

Good

Raymond ,John, Bob, & I went fishing In PM because it rained all morning. Caught 4 Bulls 42",42"41" & 32" all near dark.

7/10/88

Off Color

Variable

Good

Raymond ,John, Bob, & I caught 26" Red ,1 Gafftop, & 1 Shark.

7/11/88

Green

SE

Good

Raymond ,John, Bob, & I caught 1 Shark , 2 Bulls 44''& 42", & 1 slot 30" all around dark every day this week.

7/12/88

Muddy

SE

Good

Caught 1 Shark in AM & 1 in PM & 26" Red. Raymond still there.

7/13/88

Muddy

SE

Good

Raymond, & I caught 1 Shark & 26" Red in AM, & 2 Bulls( 44", & 42") & 8# Trout, & 1 Shark PM.All fish were caught on big Piggies.

7/22/88

Green

SE

Slow

7/22,23,& 24/88 caught 2 large Gafftop & many small Shark.

7/29/88

Green

SE

Good

Caught 2 4# Trout, & 41" Red.

7/30/88

Off Color

SE

Slow

Caught 2 Shark & 2 Trout.

7/31/88

Green

SE

Slow

Caught 1 Trout & 1 Shark.

8/6/88

Off Color

SW

Good

Raymond & I were shut out in AM. PM we caught 4 Reds(all around 42"), & 2 Large Gafftops. Fished til midnight.

8/20/88

Off Color

SW

Fair

8/20,&21/88 caught a few Shark & 2 Trout.

8/26/88

Green

SE

Poor

Ideal water but hardly any bites.8/26,27,&28/88.

9/3/88

Muddy

South

Poor

Tropical Storm in Gulf, couldn't get on the beach. Had 6" rain.

9/4/88

Muddy

North

Fair

Water receded & rough. Caught 2 43" Bull Reds, & some Hardheads.

9/6/88

Muddy

North

Fair

Caught 43" Red & 2 Gafftops.

9/7/88

Off Color

East

Good

AM caught 2 slot Reds (26",& 27") & PM caught 2 Bulls (38", & 40").

9/17/88

Muddy

Variable

Poor

Hurricane Gilbert moved thru Gulf & went in at Brownsville. Such a hugh storm that it flooded all of Texas. Boarded up & left.Tore the sand dunes up.

9/18/88

Muddy

SE

Good

Fished With Terry Moore & a friend of his, Mike, & we caught 27", 41" Reds, & 8# Trout .Water was rough & high tides.

9/23/88

Muddy

SE

Good

Caught 2 bull Reds 36" & 38" & 1 Shark.

9/24/88

Off Color

South

Good

AM caught 3 bull Reds 44", & 2 39"ers. In PM 42" bull Red.

9/25/88

Off Color

North

Good

AM caught 1 Shark, 1Ray, & 2 Gafftops. PM 39" Bull Red & 4 Gafftops.

9/26/88

Off Color

SE

Good

Caught 6 nice Sharks.

9/27/88

Off Color

SE

Good

Caught 7 Sharks & 20# Jack.

9/28/88

Green

Variable

Fair

Caught 2 Sharks.

9/29/88

Off Color

South

Fair

Rain all morning. Caught 1 Ray & 1 Shark.

9/30/88

Off Color

Variable

Fair

More rain. Caught 1 Trout, 1 Gafftop, & 1 large Shark.

10/1/88

Off Color

NE

Slow

AM was bad. PM caught 1 Gafftop & had a line puller that broke my leader.

10/2/88

Muddy

North

Poor

10/3,4,&5/88 current going sideways. No fish.

10/10/88

Muddy

NE

Fair

Caught 2 Gulf Trout,3 Gafftop, & 3 Shark.

10/21/88

Green

SE

Fair

Caught 5 nice Shark.

10/22/88

Green

SE

Fair

Caught 2 large Jacks & 1 large Bluefish.

10/23/88

Off Color

North

Fair

Caught 3 Shark ( 1 was a Bull),& 3 Gafftop.

10/24/88

Muddy

East

Poor

Caught 1 Gafftop.

10/25/88

Off Color

SE

Fair

Caught 2 nice Shark, 1 Trout, 1 Drum, & 3 Gafftops.

10/26/88

Off Color

SE

Fair

AM caught 2 nice Shark. PM northern moved in & fishing stopped.

10/27/88

Green

SE

Good

Caught 1 large Jack, 42" Red,1 Shark, & 1 Trout.

10/28/88

Off Color

SE

Poor

2 tide day . Caught 1 Trout, & 1 Sandtrout.

10/29/88

Green

North

Poor

Caught 1 nice Shark. Saw 1 Bull Red & several Trout caught. 2 Tide day.

10/30/88

Green

NE

Fair

Caught 27" Red & 1 Trout. Several Sharks caught beside me & 2 Jack. Had 1 line breaker that I fought for 5 minutes. Jack???.

10/31/88

Green

NE

Fair

Caught 42" Red. Then Norther moved in & I quit.

11/1/88

Green

North

Great

Caught 3 Slot Reds (27", 27"& ,22"), 4 Bulls ( 43", 42", 29", & 29"), & 1 nice Shark.

11/2/88

Off Color

North

Fantastic

2nd Fantastic day.Wind turned out of the SW & all hell broke loose. Caught 6 Jacks to 30#s, 39" Red, 28" Red, & 1 Gafftop.Saw Trout, Jacks, Reds, & every kind of fish chasing Mullet in a feeding frenzy.Mullet trying to climb on the beach. Had to quit to go to work.Boo!!!. Boy by me lost all his tackle & came over to watch my fun.He had light tackle.

11/12/88

Muddy

South

Poor

30 mph winds & rough water. No Fish.

11/13/88

Muddy

NE

Fair

Caught 2 Shark on out going tide.

11/18/88

Green

SE

Good

Went to West Bay with Billy Garrett .At Confederate Reef we caught 6 Trout.

11/19/88

Muddy

Variable

Poor

AM couldn't lose a bait in rough surf . PM fierce Northern moved in.

11/20/88

Green

North

Poor

Fished AM til 2 PMK & didn't lose a bait.

11/21/88

Green

North

Fair

Caught 43" Red in AM, made my day.

11/22/88

Green

North

Slow

Fished near Pass & was shut out. Friends by me caught 4 Slot Reds.

11/23/88

Green

NW

Poor

No fish.

11/24/88

Green

NW

Poor

No fish.

11/25/88

Green

South

Slow

Fished at mouth of Brazos & caught a lot of Croakers.

11/26/88

Muddy

West

Poor

No fish.

11/27/88

Muddy

West

Poor

No fish.

11/28/88

Muddy

West

Poor

No fish.

11/29/88

Off Color

South

Good

Caught 2 slot Reds, & friend by me caught 3 more, & 2 Bulls.

12/1/88

Off Color

Variable

Poor

Didn't fish much this month.