Saturday, early morning thunderstorms kept many anglers off of the water; however, later in the day conditions started settling and the fishing resumed. By press time Saturday no reports were in; however, Friday was a different story with good action taking place early.
Barry Browning of Arlington fished out of San Luis Pass Friday and caught several trout using live croaker and shrimp for bait. Browning said he had a “monster” break off at one point.
Tarpon fishing is improving, as two reports came in late Friday of silver kings being raised and landed not far off of the beach front.
Young Charlie Kirschner, 7, reeled in his first tarpon while fishing with Capt. Ron Wright on Friday. The big fish was estimated to weigh 160 pounds and was caught using a Coonpop for bait.
Scott Oldham and Foster Morgan fished for tarpon about two miles southeast of the end of the South Jetty with Capt. Mike Harrison. Using large shad and live mullet for bait, both anglers raised silver kings; however, neither tarpon made it to the boat. Capt. Morgan estimated one of the tarpon to be in the 140 to 150-pound category.
George and Barbara Portele fished out of the Texas City Dike area on Friday. The couple fished early around Half Moon Reef catching a few fish and on the way back saw birds working with shrimp jumping out of the water. Using soft plastics for bait, they landed small specks and sand trout then the gafftop arrived and before ending their trip they landed close to 40.
Friday was a perfect day to head offshore and that is exactly what Polly and I did. Fishing 45 to 50 miles east/southeast of the jetties we landed limits of red snapper to 6 pounds along with numerous kings and a few other fish. The water was in great shape; however, no weed patches nor weed lines were observed.
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