Good conditions for fishing continued Friday and for today, rain and higher winds might interfere with fishing, especially boaters wanting to work mid-bay reefs.

Several reports of catches came from anglers fishing lower Galveston Bay and East Bay.

The jetties continue to produce nice-sized sheepshead, black drum and reds, both slots and oversized.

Henry Morgan was one of the anglers taking advantage of the conditions Friday morning at the North Jetty where sheepshead were biting. Morgan and his family fished the rocks on both sides of the boat cut and caught nine of the “jail birds” to five pounds.

Live shrimp fished next to the rocks was the ticket to success.

Forest Hemphill fished the famous drum hole at the end of the Texas City Dike on Thursday afternoon and landed two reds, a slot and a 33-inch bull, along with an 18-pound black drum. Cut sand trout was the bait, and only the slot reds were retained.

Peppers Reef in East Bay was the place for action early Friday for John Sabo and Bartis Mendoza. The two anglers landed six specks to four pounds using live shrimp fished under a popping cork and free-lined with a split shot weight. Two flounder, 14 and 15 inches in length, were caught and released.

Kyla Garza with Galveston Party Boats reported the results of recent bay and jetty trips by Capt. Armando Alcocer, skipper of the party boat Cavalier.

Last Tuesday, both morning and afternoon trips produced whiting, while the Wednesday trip returned with whiting and speckled trout. Thursday, redfish and whiting comprised their catch.

A reminder that the Rusty Hook Fishing Club’s Annual Black Drum Tournament is in progress.

The event is taking place at the Texas City Dike where the club’s trailer is parked next to Boyd’s One Stop Bait Camp.

The entry fee is $25 and registration, along with weigh-ins, is at their trailer. The event runs through Sunday.

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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