The first official weekend in autumn looks promising for fishing; however, do not expect fall-like weather, as our summertime weather is forecast to continue for a while.

Pelagic fish continue to stay in the near shore waters of the Gulf of Mexico; however, increased wind velocities could hamper the mosquito fleet from getting out into the open waters.

With the warm waters along the beach front, bull reds, gafftop, Spanish mackerel, croaker and scattered speckled trout should continue to roam the surf. Hopefully the water will not sand up with higher winds.

This also is prime time to see some of the pelagics make runs closer to shore as that is a late summer, early fall pattern that takes place. Tarpon likely will be within close distances of the beach; however, water clarity will play a big role in how close they will come.

We are getting close to the time when the silver kings begin their migration south; however, it usually takes a cold front to send them packing.

This week there have been some good reports of early morning action on the north shoreline of both the West End and Bolivar Peninsula.

Terry Sanford of Jamaica beach was wade-fishing the area behind Galveston Island State Park and caught two slot reds and two keeper flounders using soft plastics for bait. Sanford said he released at least six rat reds and one undersized flounder.

Manny Lyons at Bait By Hillman’s on Dickinson Bayou called in to say that they are reopening Friday morning at 5 a.m. Live shrimp and mullet will be available.

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

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