The Fourth of July holiday weekend overall was a good one for fishing.

This especially was true for the offshore group.

Inshore (Bay, jetties and surf) produced some nice catches; however, the action was sporadic.

Jimmy Meyers reported the best catch from the surf during the weekend.

Meyers fished in waist-deep water near San Luis Pass and landed limits of trout both Friday and Sunday mornings.

Also appearing on his stringer were three Spanish mackerel, a pompano and two blue fish.

Released were several small sharks and two large gafftop.

The bait was live shrimp fished under a popping cork and all of the action came during the first two hours following daybreak.

The Crystal Beach surf produced the largest inshore fish reported, a 95-pound blacktip shark caught around midnight Saturday by Justin Wheeler of Beaumont.

A large filet of a jack crevalle was the bait.

Boats able to dodge thunderstorms Saturday and Sunday did well offshore.

Kings were a given for most boats fishing 12 miles out and farther. Larger boats, such as the party boats New Buccaneer (Galveston Party Boats) and the Capt. John (Williams Party Boats), caught a variety of fish at distances from 50 to 75 miles out.

The largest fish reported from those boats was a 275-pound shark landed on the New Buccaneer.

While continuing to operate under a special red snapper pilot program for selected party boats, the Capt. John brought back limits of red snapper each day.

A large number of calls and emails have been received from readers asking about the absence of daily tide information that normally is found in the weather column below.

The Daily News is going to begin publishing a weekly tide report on Sundays that also will include the heights of the high and low tides each day. Hopefully this will allow anglers to plan ahead for trips that week.

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

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