The Daily News - Reel Report

Offshore caliber fish are being caught along shore


This week’s wave of spring breakers will have to deal with another cold front just like the one that plagued this past week’s group. If last week’s pattern continues, the frontal system should have only temporary effects on fishing.

For the last 10 days, fishing has been close to outstanding around Galveston and especially on quality fish.

Good night and day action prevailed all week and there is no reason the momentum should not continue.

Visitors to the Galveston area who plan on fishing will have an added bonus in that the annual black drum run is on and is in full swing.

For several days now, reports from the Galveston Ship Channel, the jetties, Seawolf Park, the Texas City Dike and a few other spots indicate that the big drum are making their way into the bays for spawning.

This is a time when inshore anglers have the opportunity to catch offshore caliber fish without having to travel into the open Gulf waters. Black Drum in the 30 to 50 pound range are out there and anglers using the right baits are finding plenty of action.

Crab, both live and broken, along with mullet and shad seem to be the top baits. Several of the big uglies in the 50 pound range were caught on live shrimp.

Anglers need to keep in mind that black drum have slot limits, with fish over 30 inches prohibited from retention.

Reds are moving and lots of fish in the 29 inch size or larger are being caught. Redfish also are under slot limits and any red over 28 inches must be released or tagged.

Some of the largest speckled trout of the year are being caught, with many hitting after dark around lighted docks.

Both East and West bays are producing sow trout in the 20-plus inch category.

For pan fish lovers, large sheepshead are coming from the jetties, Seawolf Park and other rocky areas.

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