Weekend anglers saw some good action both inshore and offshore before the wind kicked up Monday and virtually placed a halt on fishing.
Greg Hagerud sent a note saying there are plenty of fish and a good variety swimming in the surf.
The problem, he said, is connecting with your bait and feeling the fish bite. Braided line is his answer as the best solution.
Sunday, Hagerud fished around the 14th Street Rock Groins and landed lots of small mangrove snapper.
Blacktip sharks, sand trout, pompano, black drum, bull reds and whiting also were being caught further down the beach at the 61st Street Fishing Pier.
Bulldog’s Bait Shop called in to say you don’t have to go very far offshore to find some good fishing.
Customers John and Carl Walters from Oklahoma brought their 25-foot boat with them and took it offshore for the first time.
Fishing approximately 15 miles out, they landed a 22-pound jack crevalle, a 13-pound King, a 3-pound Spanish mackerel, four red snapper to 18 inches, four triggerfish and lots of sharks.
The last weekend of red snapper season in federal waters was hot and heavy with action.
Galveston Party Boats had both of their boats offshore Sunday.
The Cavalier with Capt. Cody Carter at the helm fished 70 miles out and returned with a boat limit of red snapper, 55 vermilions, 10 Dorado and a king, ling and lane snapper.
Capt. Smitty Smith took the New Buccaneer out 70 miles and returned with a boat limit of 100 red snapper, 11 b-liners (vermilions) along with a Warsaw, Dorado and mangrove.
Williams Party Boats fished the Texsun II offshore Sunday where Capt. Jill Williams found action from 26 to 50 miles offshore.
Their catch included a boat limit of red snapper, two ling to 35 pounds, nine Dorado, a Warsaw and a King.
Saturday was the day of the Ladies of Tiki Island Fishing Tournament and Kim Stiefel took first place with a 3.9-pound trout.