Friday, the Galveston area was hit by a rainstorm that produced some of the heaviest lightning I have seen. 

The rain was certainly welcomed, and fortunately we received a fair amount, more than a half inch near Moody Gardens.  

The lightning was frightening and even more so were two sets of wade fishermen who remained in the water fishing as loud bolts struck all around. 

The anglers, who appeared to run in age from teenagers to young adults, just were not using good judgment, and I feel they should thank their lucky stars that one or more of them did not get hit. 

Hopefully everyone knows that when lightning is around, you should stay out of the water.

On the fishing scene, Jim Perrette’s note Friday afternoon probably summed up the situation for most anglers fishing Friday.

Perrette and his brother Charles were fishing the causeway just beneath the bridge on the Galveston side early Friday. 

They were having good success on trout, flounder and sheepshead until the storm hit. The brothers from Houston sat in their car until the rain and lightning passed and then resumed fishing. Not a bite after the storm.

Perrette asked if fish are spooked by thunder because the water was in good shape when they returned to fishing. 

 Fish, especially in shallower waters, will head to safe haven when loud thunder occurs. Unfortunately, not all fishermen are as smart as fish when it comes to this weather phenomenon.

The weekend looks to be good for fishing. 

Moderate southeast winds are in the forecast with a slight chance of rain. 

Trout action should pick up where it left off Thursday, and plenty of other fish are out there waiting to be caught.  

It is hard to predict where the best action will be; however, for trout, both East and West bays were holding some nice specks earlier this week. 

The jetties produced a wide variety of fish with few trout being reported.

On the offshore scene, the party boat Capt. John made a 50-mile trip offshore Thursday where Capt. Johnny Williams placed his guests into limits of red snapper to 14 pounds.  

Other fish caught were 89 spadefish, two kings and a mangrove and lane snapper.

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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