Good news returns to The Reel Report, as trout action was red hot Monday morning around the Confederate Reef Triangle.

After conditions settled following the line of thunderstorms that passed through early Monday, two groups mopped up on trout in upper West Bay. All of the action occurred in and around Confederate Reef.

Arturo Estrada Jr. fished the reef itself and landed 20 trout while retaining his limit of 10. Live shrimp was the bait and the largest speck measured 25 inches.

Not far away, Jess Madden and Dennis Watkins of Tiki Island caught 16 trout while drift fishing between South Deer Island and the Sportsman Road Channel. Corkies (Paul Brown Originals) and Down South soft plastics accounted for all of the fish. Madden said that all of the trout appeared healthy and there were no signs of sluggishness as most put up a good fight.

Normally after thunderstorms with lightning and loud thunder pass, fish get spooked and retreat to safe havens. Obviously, the trout around the triangle were anxious to start feeding again and most likely came from some deeper refuges such as those in Offatts Bayou.

Sunday we reported a few trout being caught in that area and my guess is that the fish are stacked up somewhere nearby.

Monday’s cold front could set things back a bit, with the northerly winds pushing water out of the bays and it is possible that the trout feeding in lower West Bay were sensing this by taking advantage of the conditions Monday morning.

Regardless, it is nice to have some good fishing reports to pass on!

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

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