While still a bit on the chilly side Friday morning, a fair number of anglers hit the water and several scored well on trout, reds, sheepshead and sand trout.

Speckled trout were being caught in upper West Bay and lower Galveston Bay. Gary Henderson of Tiki Island fished just inside the railroad bridge along with Curt Mills. Using live shrimp fished 24 inches under popping corks, the anglers landed eight specks to 17 inches, along with four sheepshead and two sandies.

Henderson said their wives sent them on a mission to catch some fish, not so much for the meat but fish stock for a recipe they have planned for New Year’s Eve. The fish were filleted and in addition several carcasses were saved for boiling for fish stock.

An unidentified angler returned to Galveston Bait and Tackle’s cleaning table with a mess of trout and two slot reds caught in Lower Galveston Bay just off Virginia Point. No other details were available.

John Graystone and his two sons fished the far end of Seawolf Park and caught 12 nice-sized sand trout using peeled dead shrimp for bait. The anglers had several hooks mangled by sheepshead; however, they did not land a single one.

The elements began taking their toll on the young ones and Graystone had to pack up and leave after just under two hours. Still, a nice, productive trip considering the cold weather.

Saturday could be a good day for fishing based on updated forecasts. We are in that time of year when the weather is constantly changing, so be careful if you venture out on the water.

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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