After days of poor conditions, fishing bounced back Saturday.

There were numerous reports of excellent catches coming from several spots around the Galveston Bay Complex.

West Bay was alive with trout action Saturday morning. Galveston Bait and Tackle reported a great trip by Capt. Jesse Eureste, Bottoms Up Charters. Dale Mattix of Houston was Eureste’s guest and used live shrimp fished under a popping cork to take a limit of reds and eight trout to 4 pounds.

Malcolm Mencacci and his brothers Frank and Dennis found the trout biting in upper West Bay on Saturday and landed 15 trout to 19 inches in length, along with a 24-inch black drum. The fish were caught in 3 to 4 feet of water using Norton Sand Eels.

Larry Austin of Crystal Beach hit the water near Fat Rat Pass early Saturday and wade fished the cut and the protected shore along East Bay tossing She Dogs and 52-M series Mirrolures. After three hours of fishing, Austin returned with a stringer of two slot reds and five trout to 18 inches.

Another Crystal Beach resident, John Boyles, fished the spoils near Stingeree Cut and landed a 26-inch red and 19-inch black drum using live shrimp fished under a popping cork.

Reds were biting near the flood gates of Moses Lake on Saturday afternoon. Hector Morales and his sons Eddie and Ricky used dead fingerling mullet to land seven reds, including three keepers and four that were just shorter than the 20-inch cutoff.

An unconfirmed report told of good catches of reds coming from Hall’s Bayou just south of the FM 2004 Bridge. Two different parties purportedly had close to limits of reds. Baits were not mentioned.

Hopefully, Saturday’s action is representative of fish we can expect to see caught during February.

This week, there might be a temporary setback, as another cold front is forecast to cross our area and send the temperatures falling for a short time.

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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