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Rick Markette with a jack crevalle caught in the surf.

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While the weekend saw poor conditions for fishing, this week looks quite promising.

Five- to 7-foot waves are forecast to be replaced with slight seas with wave heights running 1 to 3 feet later this week.

That is music to the ears of our offshore fishermen.

Bay and Jetty anglers will benefit from the better conditions, and I fully expect fishing to bust wide open beginning midweek.

Before the siege of strong winds, trout were beginning to show in good numbers around mid-bay reefs.

In Trinity Bay, shell pads around gas wells were holding lots of specks and other fish.

Carl Canton, who fishes Trinity Bay all year long, said that trout are now in deeper waters although there are plenty schooling in the vicinity of the old power plant discharge canal and near the mouth of the river.

Canton and his neighbor Willie Bob Smiley fished several of the Exxon wells early last week and caught close to full limits of trout along with several jack crevalle and sharks.

The strong winds shut down crabbing along with fishing; however, before the wind picked up, crabbing was good all around the Galveston Bay Complex.

Shirley Reeves asked about the annual spawn of crabs in the surf.

She said that as a child, she and her family would crab the Bolivar beach front during the spawn and load up tubs of crabs to take home.

Reeves asked when the spawn usually takes place.

It is normally around the Fourth of July; however, I do recall a few years ago when the female sponge crabs waited until August to hit the surf.

Hopefully the seaweed epidemic will be gone by the time the spawn takes place.

If you are new to crabbing, crabs with sponge (eggs) attached are illegal to retain and lots of the crabs caught during the spawn do have orange sponge- looking eggs attached and must be released.

Capt. Joe Kent is a columnist for The Daily News. To get your catch in the Reel Report, call 409-683-5273 or email reel.report@galvnews.com.

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