Saturday continued the trend of hot days, with the heat index reaching 105 degrees during the afternoon.

Adding to woes of fishermen was a nagging, hot and dry southwest wind. Early birds on the water were about the only ones that reported any success Saturday.

Jim Peterson, who fished out of Eagle Point Bait Camp on Saturday, found the specks biting along the Houston Ship Channel Spoil Banks. Peterson and two friends used live croaker to land 13 trout to 21 inches and one slot red. All of the action took place between 6:30 a.m. and 8 a.m.

John Leslie of Sea Isle Marina Bait Camp had a customer return with an eight-pound, 30-inch trout he caught while fishing the Surfside beach front.

Sally Poindexter reported her two sons catching a bonanza of fish from their dock on Harborside early Saturday. Using live shrimp for bait and fishing from midnight until around 3:30 a.m., the guys landed seven keeper specks, a bunch of sand trout and several reds, all undersized.

It was close to 4 a.m. when the bite started for Danny Highsmith on Tiki Island. Highsmith awoke around 3 a.m. and saw a large school of fish swimming around his underwater light. He grabbed his rod and reel that was baited with speck rigs, ran to the pier and started tossing the small jigs around the light. Two fish hit the tandem rig. After about 15 minutes of no action he went to a neighbor’s dock and quickly landed another small speck. Highsmith called it quits at 4 a.m. with a keeper speck and a large sand trout to show for his efforts.

On the offshore scene our only report came from an angler who fished approximately 15 miles out and had to return to dock due to the uncomfortable heat and sloppy seas. During approximately 30 minutes of fishing, he caught his two-fish kingfish limit.

Capt. Joe Kent is a columnist for The Daily News. Report your catch to or call 409-683-5273.

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