Sunday all eyes were on the oil spill clean up off the Texas City Dike.

Boaters and fishermen were asked to stay out of the area; however, Sunday several fishermen were ignoring the warning and had lines in the water.

This is a serious situation and the crews working 24/7 trying to contain the mess do not need any outside interference, especially from recreational boaters and anglers.

Now, you probably guessed it, readers are asking what effect the spill will have on fishing.

At this point, it is too early to determine other than I can say that oil has been reported along the Galveston Ship Channel, around the yacht basin, the jetties and the far end of East Beach as of Sunday afternoon.

The areas likely to be most adversely affected for fishing are around the Texas City Dike and surrounding areas.

Sunday’s north wind likely helped to prevent the oil from going farther into the bay system, especially mid Galveston Bay and East Bay.

The north shorelines of Pelican Island on the east side of the Pelican Island Cut and Sand Island to the west are vulnerable and hopefully the small cut between the islands into lower Galveston and West Bays was blocked sufficiently with containment booms to prevent seepage into those bay systems.

Before this event, action on large black drum was heating up as reports of a number of 50-pound plus big uglies were reported from the jetties, Galveston Ship Channel, Texas City Dike and the Bolivar Gas Wells.

The Houston Ship Channel Spoil Banks off San Leon were producing some huge drum on Saturday according to Richard Moore’s report from April Fool’s Point.

Moore and two friends used sand trout cut in half to land four big drum all estimated to be in the 50- to 60-pound range.

One other boat launching at the same ramp reported hooking into some big drum just outside of the mouth of Dickinson Bayou.

Capt. Joe Kent is a columnist for The Daily News. To get your catch in the Reel Report, call 409-683-5273 or email


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