Now that the weekend crowds have subsided, inshore fishing is picking up.

Good tidal movement and water conditions also are contributing to the increased catches.

Offshore has been consistent all month with action on king mackerel hot and heavy. Dorado continue to be found stacked around thick patches of seaweed 20 miles out and farther. An occasional ling and triple tail are among them as well.

Tuesday morning Ronnie Potter, Pete Zavario and Robert Taylor fished the North Jetty where they caught 23 trout to 4 pounds and a slot red.

Brenda Rilat, Lee’s Bait and Tackle on the Texas City Dike, reported a big catch by Elvin Maxwell, Dog Maxwell and Greg Chapa. The three anglers fished near the Bolivar Ferry Landing and landed 37 trout, releasing those over their limit, along with five whiting and a sheepshead. Live shrimp was the bait.

Fred Tucker and Chris Henderson fished the Santa Fe Railroad Bridge on Tuesday and landed 13 trout to more than 5 pounds, six lady fish and a mangrove snapper. Live shrimp fished under popping corks was the bait.

Last Sunday, Mark Franks, Cecil Rhodes and Mike Lemon fished rigs 70 miles southeast of the jetties and landed 23 barracuda up to 7 pounds, 33 Dorado to 13 pounds and a 28-pound ling.

Monday’s 55-mile run by the party boat Capt. John resulted in limits of red snapper to 18 pounds and 10 kings.

The second annual Ladies Casting for Conservation Fishing Tournament will be held July 26 and headquartered at Stingaree Marina in Crystal Beach. Registration is $300 per team. The event is a fundraiser for the Galveston Bay Foundation.

A complimentary dinner will be provided for registered participants and guides at Barefoot Bill’s American Grill on Friday evening at check-in and Stingaree Restaurant on Saturday.

Teams can be guided or unguided. Guides are not counted as a team member. Call 281-332-3381.

Capt. Joe Kent is a columnist for The Daily News. Report your catch to or call 409-683-5273. 

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