The Easter Weekend is shaping up to be a good one for fishing. If the revised forecast of light winds holds, this might be a good opportunity for the offshore group to test the waters for pelagic fish.

The extended winter weather has slowed the migration of our surface fish; however, with a few days of seasonably warm weather and light to moderate winds, an opportunity could present itself for catching your first king or ling of the season. If you make it offshore let us know what you found in the way of fish.

Richard Belleau’s report from the 61st Street Fishing Pier early Friday indicated mostly whiting, gafftop and bull reds being caught. Soon, more migratory fish will be added to that report and it possibly could come as early as this weekend.

Both the 61st Street Fishing Pier and Galveston Fishing Pier offer good barometers of fishing in the Galveston area.

Thursday was a washout for fishing around Galveston as strong easterly winds accompanied by periodic thunderstorms and rain kept anglers away from the water. Friday, conditions improved and should continue on that course all weekend.

The results of the Point Tournament for the physically disadvantaged are in.

The April 5 event took place with less than ideal conditions; however, there were some black drum caught.

Point Tournament results


Participant; Captain; Deckhand(s)

1. Cody Colchado, 14.68 pounds; Doug Sweeny; Doug Sweeny Jr.

2. Allen Muesse, 13.4; Kenny May; Aaron May, Paul McLemores

3. Kendall Parrish 12.88; Richard Hildebrand; Demi Hildebrand, Michael Plitt

4. Amanda Brugmann, 10.69; Freddy Ramos; Tim McClellan, Gary Blackie

5. Kurt,10.58; Paul Dion; Mike Cybak


Participants; Captain; Deckhand

1. Brazyn Smith, 7.92 inches; Randy Gehret; Darren Nelson

2. Sara, 43 inches; Jimmy Anderson; Chris Van Cleave

3. Stephen Hasen, 39 inches; Greg Verm; Greg Verm Jr.

4. Chris Ventura, 381/2 inches; Eric Peterson; Ron Mache

5. Andrew Hopkins, 371/2 inches; Bill Platt; Brent Reolla


Walter Ratliff; Sam Watkins; Pete Ruiz Jr.

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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Gary Miller

There is no live bait shortage for fisher people with a cast net.

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