It appears that anglers will be getting a break from the strong winds of the last several days.

The forecast calls for light winds in the morning, increasing to moderate levels midday.

That should create excellent conditions for at least the first part of this weekend.

Thursday, East and West bays were the place to find trout.

Mid-bay reefs in East Bay and various spots along West Bay produced some nice specks for anglers using live bait.

Jetty Joe, Galveston Bait and Tackle, reported a nice haul of specks by guests fishing with Capt. Cecil Gray.

Ryan Hearst, Chris Donnen and Chuck Donnen used live croaker at locations chosen by Gray and ended up with 23 trout to 4 pounds.

Also on Joe’s report was a nice catch by Capt. Mark Salazar’s charter.

Dustin Hon and Brandon Bert caught 12 trout in East Bay using live croaker.

Timmy Howell fished the causeway bridge Thursday and ended up with a Texas Grand Slam — seven trout, three flounder and two reds was his catch from that area.

News of another nice catch from near the big bridge came from Walter Kidd and his wife, Kathy, on Wednesday afternoon. Using live shrimp for bait, the La Marque couple landed a variety of fish with the highlight of the trip being Walter’s huge black drum estimated to weigh 50 pounds. The “big ugly” was landed and released.

Rocky Perez and Frank Conte fished the Galveston channel near Texas A&M University at Galveston on Thursday morning and landed two keeper flounder, six sand trout and a speck that measured 18 inches. Live shrimp was the bait.

Fred Costa wade-fished the West Bay shoreline behind Galveston Island State Park using a variety of soft plastics.

Not much in the way of action, said the angler from Jamaica Beach.

Two undersized trout and an undersized flounder were the only hits.

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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