This weekend has been a bust for fishing so far.

Strong winds kept serious fishermen off the bays, and the offshore waters were not suitable even for the largest of the sport fishing fleet.

While we had to sacrifice this weekend for the most part, the good news is the Fourth of July holiday weekend looks like it is going to be a good one for fishing conditions.

That has to be good news for local merchants, especially marina and bait camp operators.

While there was not much activity on the fishing scene, the big news is that a CCA-Texas Star Tournament Tagged Red was caught at San Luis Pass on Thursday.

Roy Beck with West End Marina called in to say he weighed in the tagged red Friday morning and the angler is currently undergoing the qualifications including a polygraph exam.

Beck’s name should sound familiar to many of you who visited the Sea Isle Marina and Richard’s On the Bay years ago as he was part owner and operated the bait shop and convenience store.

Beck, who along with his business partner Richard Power sold the facility six years ago, recently returned to Sea Isle and is managing the operation for the new owner.

I asked Beck how he enjoyed being back in the battle and he said he especially liked being reunited with Steve Rushing, operator of the Sea Isle Bait Camp.

Rushing provided the live bait to Beck’s bait shop before the sale in 2006.

Once conditions improve it will be interesting to see if all of the turbulent weather offshore had any positive effects in moving the massive amount of seaweed along the Upper Texas Coast.

It certainly would be a big plus for the holiday weekend if we could get a reprieve from all of the smelly stuff washing up on our beaches.

Capt. Joe Kent is a columnist for The Daily News. To get your catch in the Reel Report, call 409-683-5273 or email reel.report@galvnews.com.

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