Galveston area fishing is picking up. The warm, dry weather lately is helping improve salinity levels in certain areas and some nice catches are taking place as a result. Still not a lot of action being reported on speckled trout; however, once clearer water begins to set in, look for specks to be in a feeding frenzy.

Don Robinson of Tiki Island fished near the causeway Friday morning and landed a 24-inch slot red.

Back on the water again Friday was Dean Silvers and this time with Patricio Arteaga. The anglers fished areas around the Intracoastal Waterway and caught a variety of fish. The prized catch was a nice-sized flounder; however, along with it they landed four sheepsheads, a 17-inch speck, three good-sized mangrove snappers and a keeper black drum.

Live shrimp fished under a popping cork was the bait.

On the flounder scene, Betsy Hatherill continues to score well on the flat fish near her home on the west end of Galveston Island. The lady angler caught her largest flounder of the season this week.

Dane Bonnin, along with his dad and brothers, fished aboard the Emily Rose Friday and found the Galveston Ship Channel to be productive. Among the catch was Dane’s nice-sized sheepshead.

This weekend looks great for fishing and live shrimp supplies appear to be dependable again. The off-color water continues to present some handicaps; however, there are a lot of fish stacked up around the jetties and in the surf, with bull reds providing a lot of the action.

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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