The jetties were alive with action Thursday morning when my good friend Dr. Bob Rose and I fished the North Jetty.
The day started early at the Bolivar Gas Wells where not much was taking place. A sheepshead, black drum and large stingray were all that hit during our hour of fishing one of the wells.
We relocated to the Bolivar surf where the water was off color and, instead of giving it a try, we moved on to the North Jetty where action was consistent but not prolific.
We caught a variety of fish using live shrimp for bait including Spanish mackerel, sheepshead, black drum and a Texas Grand Slam.
The highlight of the jetties was my almost 50-pound bull red that took up 30 minutes of fishing time.
The big red was handled gently, photographed and released. The stress of the fight appeared to take its toll and fortunately for her a doctor was on board who was well familiar with resuscitation. After treatment, she happily swam away.
Tony Keill and Capt. Daniel Marshall found trout in Galveston Bay. Between 7 a.m. and 11 a.m. Thursday, the anglers landed and released more than 30 specks along with a slot red. Plastics accounted for all of the fish.
Conner Cochrane, whose grandfather is Capt. Billy Cochrane and father is Capt. Bubba Cochrane, landed a new state record rainbow runner. The 7.13-pound fish was caught while fishing on the Park Avenue and will set a new junior state record.
While inshore action is improving, offshore fishing continues to be consistently good.
Miles Hancock and Jeffery Taylor fished the intersectional rigs Wednesday and landed numerous barracuda of all sizes, three ling to 33 pounds, two wahoo, six Dorado to 18 pounds and lots of kings and sharks.
The party boat Capt. John made a 50-mile trip Wednesday where limits of red snapper along with kings, spadefish, lane snapper and stingrays were caught.