Mother’s Day is often a time when families that fish together get out on the water and enjoy the camaraderie of honoring mom by taking her fishing.

Lots of moms would just as soon be enjoying the luxury of having her line baited and fish removed by the kids as taking on a big noon buffet.

Mom, whatever your pleasure, it is your day and hope you enjoy it.

Now, on the fishing scene, forecast choppy conditions could make a fishing trip less comfortable than at other times; however, the fish are there and a trip to the jetties or other areas could be productive.

Friday, there was a flurry of activity in East Bay and lower Galveston Bay.

Jetty Joe, Galveston Bait and Tackle, reported a nice catch by Bob and Vanessa from near Sand Island where the Intracoastal Waterway cuts through Pelican Island.

The Friendswood couple landed four reds and five trout using live croaker for bait.

Over in East Bay, Capt. Michael LaRue, LaRue’s Guide Service, had a productive day for his guests while fishing reefs.

Customers Paul Baker, Travis Thomas, Andrew Keys and Jacob Haster landed 25 trout using root beer and chartreuse lures.

The beach front continues to be choppy and sandy with south winds gusting to more than 15 knots.

Richard Belleau from the 61st Street Fishing Pier reported catches of whiting, gafftop and sand trout by his customers.

It is that time of year when anglers start to think about catching a big prizewinning tagged red as the annual CCA-Texas Star Fishing Tournament is around the corner.

May 24 begins the 25th year this event will take place and it runs through Sept. 1.

Not only are pickups and boats awarded, but scholarships and monetary prizes as well for the many categories of fish listed.

Sixty tagged reds will be released along the Texas Gulf Coast during the week of May 19. Last year, 11 of the tagged reds were caught; however, only six of the anglers catching the fish were entered into the tournament.

Do not let that happen to you.

Online registration and information about this year’s event are available at

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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