The surf is in excellent shape and the first wave of Spanish mackerel has arrived.

The live shrimp shortage during the Easter weekend held back some anglers; however, those who used dead baits and artificials scored well.

Friday, Capt. Jaime Cantu hosted the D.J. Stone party of six from Splendora and fished the Galveston Bay complex.

By the end of the day, the anglers had caught bull reds, undersized reds, large black drum (all released), along with good eating-sized puppy drum, gafftop and whiting.

Capt. James Plaag, Silver King Adventures, reported exceptional trips Thursday and Friday.

His guests landed more than 25 trout with the highlight of the trips being a 9.8-pound sow speck that hit a Corky Fat Boy with a black back.

Ten of the fish weighed more than 7 pounds and, in addition to the Fat Boy, Tidal Surge Maniac Mullets in pearl took a number of fish.

Crab was the bait that worked for the Austin family Saturday as Josh and his two sons, Austin and Tyler, caught a number of sizable black drum while fishing the Bolivar gas wells.

Action has picked up in the surf with the 61st Street Fishing Pier reporting catches of Spanish mackerel, bull reds, whiting, flounder and gafftop.

The party boat New Buccaneer made an overnight trip to deep-sea fishing grounds up to 120 miles from Galveston.

Capt. Smitty Smith placed his 49 guests into a lot of action during the 30-hour venture and the boat returned with 438 vermilion snapper, 364 blackfin tuna, nine amberjack, four yellowfins, nine skipjacks, a Warsaw grouper and a variety of other reef fish.

The Texas Shoot-Out Chorizo Redfish Tournament is Saturday. The Captains’ meeting is Thursday at Taqueria El Nopalito, 15323 Interstate 45, and registration is available at Serious Tackle in La Marque. For information call Lee Garcia at 281-216- 3215.

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

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