Friday, the calmer conditions resulted in better catches from the surf and lower Galveston Bay.  

Sharks continue to be thick in the surf and around the jetties.  

Richard Belleau reported sand sharks, bonnet head sharks and blacktips being caught in good numbers from the 61st Street Fishing Pier.  

Bull reds, black drum and sand trout made up the rest of the catches early Friday.

The causeway and Santa Fe railroad bridges have been consistent for trout and other fish lately.  

Frank Ryan and Joe Dott fished just outside of the railroad bridge early Friday and landed 13 trout, seven gafftop and a 23-inch black drum. Live shrimp was the bait.

Justin Ramsey reported a nice catch of trout from between the two bridges Friday. 

The angler from Tiki Island landed 12 trout, retaining his limit of 10, using live croaker for bait. 

The action came from just off the mainland shore near the second tower.

Earlier this week, the Rabek family of Jeff, Barbara, Kathryn Turner-Rabek, Lisa and Eric Rabek and Paul Rabek enjoyed a family fishing trip with Aqua Safari Charters.  

Their catch included 16 kings, three jack crevalle and an Atlantic sharpnose shark.

The party boat Capt. John made a trip to the Heald Bank on Thursday where the 75 anglers aboard limited out on red snapper to 18 pounds along with 12 kings, two ling, a 30-pound Warsaw grouper and other fish.

July 5 is the date of the West Bay Slam Tournament and Fundraiser, sponsored by the West End Anglers Fishing Club. 

It benefits The Fisher House for Military Families.

The event begins at 6:25 a.m. with weigh-in from 3 p.m. until 4:30 p.m. 

Entry fee is $80 per person and there will be a kids division.

Coe Parker, an official for the tournament, is looking for additional sponsors and vendors who wish to set up the day of the tournament and donate toward the raffle and live auction. Parker can be reached at 713-594-4252.

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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