Morning showers helped cool things down on the fishing scene Monday and some good catches were reported from deeper reefs and shell pads in the bays.

Wade fishermen hitting the water early along the shoreline of Goat Island found reds chasing schools of mullet, while boaters fishing mid-bay reefs in East Bay along with shell pads around gas wells were reporting a variety of fish being caught.

Hector Cervantes and his uncle George Cortez fished the bay side of Goat Island using both live shrimp fished under popping corks and light-colored soft plastic.

About 30 minutes after the anglers began wade fishing, a school of reds was sighted busting up pods of mullet.

Soon after the first bait was cast, four slot reds were placed in their fish net basket.

For the next two hours after the catch, not a single bite.

Still, a great morning to be on the water and some nice fish for dinner.

Hannah’s Reef in East Bay was productive for Johnny Hughes and Shelly Hill.

The anglers from Pasadena used live shrimp to land seven specks and three ladyfish while anchored just off the reef.

A large jack crevalle occupied a lot of their fishing time before breaking off at the net.

Connor Kuykendall reported trout, black drum, mangrove snapper and flounder from his trip to a gas well in lower Galveston Bay on Sunday.

Live shrimp free-lined near the bottom did the trick.

Sand trout, gafftop, blacktip sharks and bull reds were being caught by customers fishing the 61st Street Fishing Pier.

The party boat Capt. John returned from its Sunday trip with a catch of red snapper, bluefish, king, Dorado, Spanish mackerel and a 40-pound ling.

Capt. Joe Kent is a columnist for The Daily News. Report your catch to or call 409-683-5273.

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