Today through at least part of Sunday looks like a good window of conditions to hit the water. Fortunately, this comes on a weekend when most workers have off.

So, what is taking place on the fishing scene?

Most everyone is aware of the big drum run in progress and there’s no doubt drum fishermen will be catching some fish. Catching as opposed to keeping will be the norm for the larger black drum as you can only keep black drum at a maximum length of 30 inches. One fish longer than 52 inches can be retained, as the rule is intended to allow for a new state record fish to be certified.

Otherwise, the slot-size range for black drum is 14 to 30 inches, with five fish per day per person allowed as the bag limit.

Earlier this week, Seawolf Park reported some excellent catches despite the foggy conditions.

We have some interesting news for inshore fishermen. A good number of flounder have returned to the bays. Capt. James Plaag, Silver King Adventures, reported lots of flounder among the schools of trout he has fished.

Last Saturday, Plaag was wade fishing the incoming tide and landed Texas Grand Slams that included trout to 7 pounds. Corkies, Fat Boys, Mirrolures and white She Dogs were the baits.

Clem Mitchell wade fished Carancahua Cove on Friday afternoon and found a good number of trout in the area, just not wall-hangers. Mitchell was using live shrimp fished under a popping cork.

Another good report from Gum Bayou was received, this time from Christie Lang, who along with her friend Gloria caught several black drum from 16 to 18 inches and two sheepshead to 17 inches. Squid and peeled shrimp were the baits. Lang did not mention which day the fish were caught or where along the bayou.

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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