The weather is hot and so is trout action.

After weeks of sporadic action, the schools of trout have finally fallen into their summertime pattern with deeper pockets of water producing some nice stringers of the popular game fish.

Both jetties along with the spoil banks along the Houston Ship Channel and deep shell pads in the bays were producing typical summertime specks along with other fish.

Ronnie Potter hosted guests Tommy Overstreet, Robert Taylor and Pete Davario to a great day of fishing the North Jetty. Before the anchor was pulled, 40 nice-sized trout and a slot red were on ice. No mention of bait; however on Monday, Potter used live shrimp near the same location to take a stringer of trout.

Ken Marshall and Pat Powers of Longview fished along the Houston Ship Channel spoil banks west of the Texas City Dike with host Capt. Tom Marshall, Ken’s brother. Using live croaker for bait, the anglers landed 21 specks to more than 4 pounds, two keeper flounder and a 21-inch sheepshead.

Johnny Hendricks and his sons Ryan and John fished the South Jetty about a half-mile from the beach Wednesday and landed 12 specks to just less than 5 pounds, eight large gafftop, two Spanish mackerel and several small sharks using live shrimp for bait. All of the fish were released except for the specks and smacks, or Spanish mackerel.

Dr. Fred Lagrone, Dr. Stan Meyer and Chris Watkins fished the Trinity Bay gas wells Tuesday afternoon and landed 19 specks, two jack crevalle, numerous ladyfish and a stingray using live shrimp bottom-bumped with a quarter-ounce weight and size eight treble hook.

The specks were retained for the dinner table and the jacks for future bait for sharks and crabs.

Wednesday, the surf still was off-color for a half-mile or so from the beach. Once green water sets in, look for action to bust wide open.

Reel Report

Capt. Joe Kent is a columnist for The Daily News. To get your catch in the Reel Report, call 409-683-5273 or email

(2) comments

Marla Marek

Why is the daily tide charts not published anymore?????[sad]

Steve Fouga

Maybe because there are so many good websites providing much more info for free.

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