Wednesday, Bobby Martin and his friend Ray Gartman fished the North Jetty and observed a big feeding frenzy.

Martin said they arrived at the boat cut early and witnessed a sight he had never seen.

“As we were approaching the cut we saw what were hundreds upon hundreds of brown pelicans swarming and diving on the Gulf side of the cut about 200 to 300 yards out. We investigated and discovered a huge school of jack crevalle busting the water on baitfish. We decided to drift beside the birds in order to not disturb them and just got hammered on every cast by big Jacks, most weighing about 20 to 25 pounds. It was really something to see.

“We were throwing popping corks with live shrimp on little 2500 trout-type spinning reels,” Martin said.“Fun fights, but all released. I’ve seen birds working all my life (gulls and pelicans) but never in the numbers and duration that I witnessed Wednesday.”

After moving to the Channel side of the jetty, bull reds, black drum and sheepsheads were caught using the same tackle.

Friday morning, Richard Eberle fished the end of the Texas City Dike and caught 12 gafftop to four pounds, retaining seven, and a 38-inch bull red that was released. White squid was the bait.

Reds continue to be caught in good numbers and sizes around the Liverpool area of Chocolate Bayou, and trout are beginning to show at the jetties.

Raymond Wilson of Baytown and Pearl Mabry of Dallas fished the Gulf side of the South Jetty early Friday and landed six specks ranging from 18- to 23-inches in length. Free-lined live shrimp caught most of the fish; however, two specks hit shrimp under popping corks.

Wind out of the southwest is in the forecast for today and Sunday, and if the velocities are not too strong, fishing should continue on an excellent course for the weekend.

My bet would be the jetties for some excellent action on trout, reds, sheepshead and lingering black drum.

Ling and jack crevalle also have been reported lately, so if the water is in good shape, a variety of fish are candidates for hitting your line.

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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