Sunday, the surf was flat, and lots of wade fishermen were testing the waters for trout and other fish.

No beach front reports were in by late Sunday afternoon; however, conditions this morning certainly looked favorable for some good trout action.

Capt. Bryan Brawner of Crystal Beach sent in his fishing report for last week, saying the fishing conditions mainly have been dominated by wind directions and from the pop-up storms and, of course, the tides. He said when there has been tide movements, the fish really turn on with slicks popping and active bait.

“As soon as the tide quits, the slicks and bait disappear and the bite totally stops,” Brawner said. “It is absolutely necessary this time of year to fish around water flow movements to catch fish.”

Brawner said as the tide goes slack in the bay, it is a good time to move to spots like gas wells near the ship channel and oyster reefs in Trinity Bay where there is more water flow.

“The fish are more scattered now and we have had to stay on the move more to stay on top of them,” Brawner said. “We have been catching specks, reds and a few sand trout, with most trips keying on slicks and bait activity on oyster shell in 6 to 7 feet of water.”

Brawner said live shrimp under a popping cork have produced more fish this week with darker soft plastics working well on redfish and smaller schools of trout under scattered birds and pods of bait..

The sixth annual Kids Fishing Tournament will be held at Harborwalk Marina on Aug. 23. The event is sponsored by the Mainland Chapter CCA-Texas.

The event is from 8 a.m. until noon, with sign-in and fishing until 11 a.m. and awards and lunch from 11 a.m. until noon. Admission is free and limited to kids 14 and younger.

For information call Erich Schneider at 713-626-4222.

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

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