Saturday was a great day, as far as weather was concerned and that was good news for the Dickens On The Strand visitors. For fishing, it was generally a slow day.

Flounder action along the Galveston Ship Channel continued; however, anglers were having to work for their two-fish limits. A similar report came from areas along the Intracoastal Waterway around Bolivar.

While it is apparent that the flounder migration is in full swing and possibly at its peak, large flatfish continue to be caught in parts of West Bay. Jimmy Long‘s 22-inch flounder proved that there remain quality flatfish in the bays.

Long was fishing Greens Lake when the big flounder hit a Down South Soft Plastic in bone with a chartreuse tip. The angler from Tiki Island was not targeting flounder, instead he was focusing on reds and trout. Besides the big flounder, Long’s catch consisted of four large sand trout and two throwback reds.

Jetty Joe at Galveston Bait and Tackle reported a slow down in action compared to last week. Saturday, a few trout, reds and flounder appeared on his cleaning table.

Jerry Stafford sent a note asking if this is not prime time for fishing Offatts Bayou. Stafford recalled his father and grandfather bringing back lots of trout years ago from deep holes in the bayou during December.

The fishing holes Stafford is referring to are the famous Blue Hole and several other smaller deep pockets of water. December often has been a good month to find trout and other fish stacked up in those spots during very cold weather.

So far this month, the weather has been too warm to push the fish into the deep holes. Water temperatures in the 40s are normally what it takes and thankfully we have not seen those conditions so far.

We will keep you updated when conditions are ripe for the deep holes of Offatts to produce.

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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