Anyway, on the way south we did see where the tide was headed on the NOAA site at the RR bridge. As we reached the Highland Bayou section on I45 we saw nothing but mud and a few small channels all the way to the bayou! Then the marsh below BV was marsh grass and mud channels. We could not tell if the old fat boys launch could even be used due to the mud.
Crossing the Causeway bridge we could see the old, old piers for the pre-causeway bridge across to Galveston. I have heard of these as being a boating hazard during low water conditions, but had never seen them before. Several were out of the water and others disturbing the water surface, sort of lined up with Galveston Bait and Tackle.
So, we changed from our West Bay options and headed for Moses Lake. We know there is deep water there. We launched at the Fish Spot after verifying that there was enough water to get out of that marina, the tips of the PA mirage drives smushing through soft mud from time to time. We followed the marked boat channel for a time, at 2.5', and occasionally deeper. I went off to explore the main bay and found 1.8’ generally. Water temp was 54 early on then 52 later. Air temp in upper 50’s to begin with the dropping quickly after sunset to lower 50’s. Winds were moderate initially then dying down to near nothing later.
Fish action was pretty slow. Early on I did find some wind blown current flowing between a few islands (areas that would normally be called shallows) and was able to land a 17” flounder.
After that it was silence from the fish. I tried the deep areas west of the gate, the deep waters at the gate and the deep waters outside the gate, nothing. The tide was just starting to come in when I was at the gate so it took some effort to get out, but not too much. Coming back in was easy!
I was near the gate at sunset and the temperature drop was quite noticeable. We were happy that the winds died down so we did not have that to add to the lowered temp!
Osprey were out again but I had left my bigger zoom camera at home so did not get the same sort of pics. One was posing on a tall post eating its catch as we were leaving the marina. Others were seen on the numerous perch opportunities available in the lake.
Later a tall white egret was taking advantage of the new shallows that it could search in and was enjoying a feast. It was lit by a bright green dock light and presented an eerie apparition as we drifted passed!
Not a productive day fish-wise, but still an enjoyable outing.