Occasionally we get reports from readers that, while not actual fishing reports, are interesting enough to mention. Such a report came from Capt. Cookie Pepper, the well-known legend of the Lower West Bay and widow of Capt. Lloyd Pepper who was known as the Mayor of West Bay.

Cookie and a friend were on her deck at Terramar earlier this week when the friend spotted a big shadow moving through the water and hovering around an underwater green light. The way Pepper described it in the early part of the conversation, I was convinced that it was a shark, likely a bull shark, as they are often spotted in West End canals at night.

Well, the ladies continued watching the shadow until it was close enough to the underwater light to identify. It turned out to be a good-sized sea turtle. Now that is unusual to find roaming our canals.

On the fishing scene, we have two reports to pass on today. The first came from brothers Vince and John Cavarretta who landed 14 sand trout and a stingray while fishing at their favorite spot just outside Green’s Lake on Thursday morning.

After striking out on flounder in the Galveston Channel and getting run off at the Coast Guard Station, they headed over to Green’s Lake where they made their catch of the day. While foggy in spots, their GPS saved the day.

The next report came from an angler named Chip who went fishing on Tuesday this week at San Luis Pass where he caught two small sheepshead and plenty of croaker around the bridge.

He drifted back into the bay with the incoming tide and caught a solid bull red that he released.

His ending comment was, “after having cleaned one of those brutes before, I have zero interest in doing that again.”

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

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