Wednesday, I returned to Galveston from an out-of-state trip and how nice it was to cross the causeway again and be back on the island.

While on the road, a few reports that were emailed to the Reel Report did not go through to my laptop; therefore, we will report them over the next couple of days.

The bottom line is that fishing is really picking up, as the water clarity is improving and the big news is that trout are once again on the move and biting. Flounder also are showing in greater numbers and reds continue to offer a lot of action all around the island.

Bobby Martin of Bayou Vista had one of the more interesting reports, as he found that the specks are back.

Martin and Keith Keener of Omega Bay did a dawn patrol of the North Jetty around the boat cut earlier this week and caught two quick limits of slot reds and some nice-sized speckled trout to 25 inches near the Coast Guard Station. Mangrove snapper, croaker and sand trout rounded out their catch. All of the fish were caught on Carolina Rigs baited with live shrimp.

Martin reported other boats around them catching reds on a variety of natural and live baits.

Their last stop was near Harborwalk where they caught and released many reds using popping corks with live shrimp.

Martin ended his report by saying that some serious debris is in the water along the Galveston Channel and to be aware of the hazard, as lower units could be badly damaged if one of the big logs is hit.

Two reports noted good flounder catches, with one coming from a reader who caught some nice-sized flounder on the outgoing tide in the Galveston Ship Channel. Gulps and other soft plastics did the trick. The report also mentioned a lot of small mullet and minnows moving through the channel.

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

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