With the slow fishing since the onslaught of the ill wind from the southwest, let’s take a look at what has been taking place in East Bay. Capt. Bryan Brawner’s recent report tells the story.

“Fishing conditions in Galveston East Bay still have been dominated by wind directions, which can drastically change the tide movements,” Brawner wrote.

“Last week, we had some scattered storms which cleared up a lot of the bay with variable winds. We had good catches on days when the wind was not blowing out of the west or southwest.

“We caught most of our fish on live shrimp under a popping cork on shell areas in 5 to 6 feet of water, keying on pods of bait and slicks.

“There are big pods of shad all over the bay, but mostly smaller trout and trash fish are under the shad; however, some of the shad in deeper mid bay areas are holding some keeper size specks and reds.

“Wind permitting, you just have to keep on the move working the schools of bait until you find the keepers. Well pads in Trinity Bay also have been good for specks.

“Looks like another start of a few days of the dreaded southwest wind which started Saturday so, I am taking a couple of days off. We have rescheduled a couple of trips into September when fishing starts to get a lot better with fall approaching and the crowds are off the bay.”

Offshore has been the saving grace for fishing; however, Sunday, the seas were just too much for smaller boats desiring to make close-in trips for king mackerel and other migratory pelagic fish.

While finished with red snapper for the year on day trips, the party boat Capt. John was back offshore Saturday. Capt. Johnny Williams hosted 83 anglers to the Heald Bank area where they landed a variety of both reef and pelagic fish.

Reel Report

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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