Not much was taking place on the fishing scene Tuesday, as strong easterly winds pushed water levels high and chopped-up the bays and surf.

While reds have been biting all around Galveston, the high water levels likely will drive a lot of them into the marshes and back bays, as this is a typical pattern during high tide levels.

Water driven from the Gulf and pushed into the bays likely will improve salinity levels. This would offer some badly needed help in getting specks to moving, as we all know that salinity is a key to where trout choose to reside.

Unsettled weather patterns likely will be around for another day or so; however, by this weekend conditions should be much improved under light southeasterly winds.

Live shrimp has been in short supply lately and a few camps have reported adequate supplies including Galveston Bait and Tackle at the Causeway.

My guess is that this siege of high water will trigger a movement of shrimp in the bays resulting in more live shrimp being available at the bait outlets.

Two late reports from last weekend were received.

Jimmy Hancock encountered some nice action on large croaker near Rollover Pass on Sunday. Hancock was not fishing the pass itself but in East Bay about a mile from the flats inside the pass. Using peeled dead shrimp and pearl Gulps, he landed eight croaker with the largest weighing close to three pounds.

Steve Kennedy fished the base of the Causeway Bridge, Galveston side, Sunday and caught two mangrove snapper, a bunch of large hardheads and a 15-inch flounder. The action took place at daybreak and lasted until well up into the morning. Cut mullet and squid were the baits.

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

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