The early birds were catching the fish Monday.

Anglers drifting mid-bay reefs in East Bay and around Dollar Point were returning with nice catches of trout and a variety of other fish.

Unfortunately, those not dropping a line in the water until later than 8 a.m. found the action tapering off.

Chris King and Jerry Adams of Kingwood were on the water before 6 a.m. and drift-fishing reefs out of Stingaree Marina 30 minutes later.

Using soft plastics in purple and white and root beer colors, the anglers landed 16 trout to more than 5 pounds by 8 a.m.

King said it seemed like a switch was flicked around 8 a.m. as the action slowed considerably.

Other fish caught were three reds, two slots and a rat red, at least a dozen sand trout and a lady fish.

Dollar Point was the spot for Jason Creecy, Tommy Dunn and Rick Rushing.

The anglers were fishing before 6:30 a.m. and landed a variety of fish including specks to 19 inches, a slot red and several throwbacks, several black drum and two sharks.

Like the report from East Bay, the action took place for almost two hours then hardly a hit. Live shrimp was the bait.

Galveston Party Boats had both of their vessels offshore last weekend.

The New Buccaneer with Capt. Smitty Smith at the helm fished 70 miles offshore and returned with 667 vermilion snapper, 10 mangroves, eight kings, a ling and other fish including rock hinds, scamps, lane snapper, porgy and tomtates.

Capt. Cody Carter took 50 anglers 35 mile out aboard the Cavalier where they landed 35 kings, two jacks and six sharks.

Both of Williams Party Boats fished the jetties Sunday with Capt. Johnny Williams hosting a group aboard the Capt. John and Capt. Jill Williams doing the same aboard the Texsun II.

Their combined catch included sharks, whiting, gafftop, stingrays and jack crevalle.

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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