Fishing is picking up during the windows of good conditions and, along with a variety of other fish, pompano are showing up along the beach front.

Tuesday morning, there were some good catches from the surf and back bays before the wind kicked up.

Paul Rose and his brothers Randy and John fished the rock groins near 24th street and landed sheepshead, whiting, hardheads and black drum. Fresh dead shrimp was the bait.

Larry Pennington was one of the anglers landing a pompano. His fish came from the surf near the Pleasure Pier. Two black drum and four whiting rounded out his catch for Tuesday.

Tuesday morning, Chad Craft and Don Beebe fished Chocolate Bay using live shrimp fished under popping corks. The anglers from Hitchcock drift-fished the bay for two hours before finding a nice concentration of reds near the cut into Halls Lake. Five reds were hooked, with three being landed. All were in the 20- to 24-inch range.

The party boat Capt. John made another of its offseason red snapper trips Tuesday, this time with 83 anglers aboard. Fishing in the area of the old Buccaneer Field, the group limited out on red snapper to 22 pounds and also landed 25 Gulf trout, nine whiting, three triggerfish and a black drum. Also caught but released were 20 bull reds.

Readers often ask what is the best all-around lure for the Galveston Bay Complex? Capt. Mike Williams will quickly tell you that as far as Mirrorlures are concerned, it is the 51M704 tagged “The Texas Chicken.”

According to Williams, this lure landed the largest trout in the CCA-Texas Big Trout Fishing Contest.

For a number of years, Williams was a field tester for Mirrolure and helped develop that lure.

Capt. Joe Kent is a columnist for The Daily News. To get your catch in the Reel Report, call 409-683-5273 or email

(1) comment

Steve Fouga

Best all-around lure?

Hard to beat a 1/2-oz gold spoon with red or chartreuse bucktail. Silver is probably a little better in clear water, but gold works well in clear, sandy or off-color water.

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