This week has started slowly on the fishing scene. Light southeast winds have helped to create some excellent conditions for fishing, in spite of the continued effects from Hurricane Harvey.

Greg Hagerud made his first trip to his favorite spot in Galveston Harbor last weekend and the results were not encouraging. Several hardheads and a rat red were all he could muster. He said nor did he have any luck catching any piggy perch or mangroves around the dock.

Sunday, he fished the beachfront with fresh dead shrimp and caught three slot reds along with several large bull whiting. Hagerud said the surf was in good shape.

The beachfront near San Luis Pass was productive for Marvin Withers who, along with his nephew James Self, caught two blacktip sharks and a bull red using cut shad for bait. Withers said the surf near the pass was in fair condition, with lots of bait fish swimming in very shallow water along the beach.

Monday, the 61st Street Fishing Pier reported catches of both slot and bull reds along with gafftop, whiting, sand trout and blacktip sharks.

Jerry Walters sent in a report saying that he fished the causeway area each of the last two weekends and ended up with nothing to brag about. Using live shrimp for bait, he found only hardheads, piggy perch and a few small pan fish taking the bait. He asked if there is something he is doing wrong as others seem to be catching at least a few game fish.

I replied to Walters asking how he was fishing the live shrimp and where along the causeway. He said he used a double hook pan fish rig and fished near the wall on the island side.

My only suggestion to him was to use a popping cork instead of the pan fish rig, hopefully that will change his luck.

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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