Nice catch!

Jesse Garcia with a huge red caught in West Bay.


Saturday, with its sunny skies and mild afternoon temperatures, was too enticing to a number of anglers who hit the water late morning.

Those who stayed with it until mid-afternoon caught fish as the action started around 3 p.m.

A variety of fish were reported, including trout, reds, sheepshead and black drum.

Water at the North Jetty was in excellent shape, reported Mark Sinclair who, along with two friends, landed five sheepshead and four black drum. Live shrimp fished along the rocks on the channel side did the trick.

The bend at the U.S. Coast Guard Station was a productive spot for Tom Petty and his wife, Paula. Using both live and dead shrimp for bait, the couple from La Marque landed three black drum and six sand trout.

The channel along Sportsmen’s Road produced some nice specks and a slot red for Mike Hornburg and his son James. WD-40 Bass Assassins was the top bait.

Galveston Bait and Tackle reported good catches of sheepshead, trout and black drum from around the causeway and railroad bridges. Live shrimp was the preferred bait.

Robert Hernandez and his family fished the rocks at the base of the causeway bridge, Galveston side, Friday night and caught sand trout, black drum and sheepshead. Dead shrimp and squid were the baits.

Joe Hurlbert had been yearning to get his new boat in the water and Saturday he finally made it out. Hulbert and his daughter Jackie and her fiancé Nick Foster, rode the Intracoastal Canal and eventually made their way up a long canal just west of Carancahua Lake where they fished for a while and landed numerous undersized reds and whiting.

Hurlbert said that while none of the fish were retained, it was good to feel a fish on the line.

It appears that our holiday weekend will be excellent for getting on the water with mild temperatures and light winds.

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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