Another cold front crossed the Galveston area Friday bringing sustained winds in the 20-knot range most of the day.

Fishing was almost non-existent and, with the high probability of rain today, it is hard to be optimistic about the weekend outlook.

Thursday there was some good action in the surf, Upper West Bay, East Bay and near Sylvan Beach.

Richard Belleau reported black drum, sand trout, whiting and gafftop being caught at the 61st Street Fishing Pier.

Farther east along the rock groins, across from Academy Sports+ Outdoors, specks were caught early in the day.

Peter Dehart of Texas City used live shrimp to land four solid specks and a sheepshead that Dehart estimated to weigh well more than 5 pounds.

Sonya Redding and her friend Carol Melcher fished from a lighted dock in Harborwalk on Thursday night and landed eight trout and two slot reds. Live shrimp was the bait.

Galveston Bait and Tackle reported several anglers with nice stringers of trout caught around the Causeway and Railroad Bridges. Live shrimp fished under popping corks was the bait and method used.

Cole Sparks of La Porte wade fished the flats near Sylvan Beach early Friday and landed three specks to 21 inches before the wind shifted to the north. She Dogs and Hot Spots were the baits.

Over in East Bay, action has been picking up around the mid-bay reefs when the wind is not strong.

Peppers Reef in particular was productive for Gerald Nance and Jim Wallace. The anglers from Bolivar used Bass Assassins Sea Shads to catch nine trout to 4 pounds and a 24-inch black drum that was released.

Rollover Pass produced a stringer of three large gafftop, two flounder and two sheepshead for Tommy Harper of Port Arthur, who fishes that pass almost weekly.

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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