Fishing took a back seat to other activities this weekend, as the big Lone Star Rally combined with opening weekends of waterfowl and deer seasons took their toll on the fishing scene.

The warmer than usual weather likely was another factor, as the water temperatures in the bays and surf are at levels that cause fish to be complacent. The full moon contributed to some good action at night, with lots of trout hovering around lights around docks and piers.

Friday night, specks, sand trout, reds, flounder and sharks were being caught around Seawolf Park where free-lined live shrimp did the trick. Josh Moses was one of the anglers choosing not to use live shrimp and, with curly tailed Gulps on his line, he caught a limit of flounder, two reds and numerous sand trout from the fishing pier.

Trout, both specks and sandies, were the main catch around Jimmy Edmonson‘s lighted dock on Tiki Island. Edmonson reported lots of action while retaining five specks and two huge sand trout. Free-lined live shrimp was the bait.

Paul Sells fished the lighted piers along Teichman Road from his kayak Friday night and landed a limit of slot reds along with numerous sand trout of which he retained four, all in the 14 inch range. Speck rigs and Maniac Mullets were the baits.

With waterfowl season upon us, I want to urge anglers to be alert to duck blinds in the bays. While most of the time you can determine if the blind is in use by decoy spreads in the area, that is not always the case as a few hunters choose not to use them while hunting.

Later this week, another cold front is forecast for our area and that should be a plus for anglers.

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

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