The marine forecast calls for a wind switch to the southeast this weekend and, while velocities continue to run moderate to a bit strong, the switch in direction should give fishing a boost.

The southwest wind that has plagued the area this week has the water in poor-to-marginal shape for fishing.

The southeast wind should quickly clear the bays and, hopefully, ignite betting action on trout.

While trout have been scarce at the jetties lately, Spanish mackerel have been taking up the slack.

Almost all reports from jetty fishermen lately include good numbers of the “smacks,” as many fishermen call them.

Johnny Smalley of Grand Prairie fished the surf close to the North Jetty Bait Camp and landed six Spanish mackerel and three sharks using live shrimp fished under a popping cork.

Most of the catches have taken place on the leeward side of the jetties, which would be the Gulf side of the North Jetty and channel side of the South Jetty.

Thursday morning, Max Henderson of Friendswood and his daughter Carlotta Mock and grandson Kevin from Lakeway fished near the end of the Gulf side of the North Jetty close to the old wreck and landed 12 Spanish mackerel, two jack crevalle, one weighing 22 pounds, and several sharks and gafftop.

Live shrimp fished on the bottom was the bait.

Capt. Dean Chiles, Hookup Guide Service, hosted Brad and Matt Throne along with Scott Hukabay of Round Rock to a fishing trip along the Galveston Ship Channel where they caught three slot reds, a 39-inch bull red, 16-inch trout and numerous sand trout.

Live croaker and shrimp were the baits.

Offshore seas were a little bumpy Friday and proved to be too much for Rodney Wheeler and his family to handle.

Wheeler cut the trip short after their first stop at a rig 10 miles out, but not before four large kings were landed.

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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