Conditions for fishing are improving as the wind drops in velocity. The light winds along with a few tide changes should bring back clear, green water, and if the forecast holds for Thursday, look for red hot action along the beach front.

Thursday’s forecast calls for north winds in the 5 mph range, and that is almost perfect for creating a flat surf and some excellent fishing. While there are no guarantees when it comes to fishing and predicting when a big bite will occur, historically, when the surf is flat and a good incoming morning tide is moving in, trout and other fish go into a feeding frenzy.

Experienced surf waders already are planning their arrival Thursday, as they know when to schedule their trips. Some use artificial baits, while others rely on live bait. Live shrimp and finfish are the top choices.

This year, however, if the seaweed is thick, expect to be reeling in your bait often and removing the pesky substance.

Sunday and Monday, Greg Hagerud and his significant other, Stephanie, fished the old railroad bridge and caught lots of Gulf trout and mangrove snapper along with croaker, specks — both undersized and legal — and black drum. Stephanie landed her largest slot drum ever Monday.

Jetty Joe, Galveston Bait and Tackle, reported limits of trout caught by Capt. Coffee and his girlfriend. Their combined stringer weighed 40 pounds.

Paul Brown had quite a surprise Sunday night while fishing the diversionary canal behind the Hitchcock Police Station. He fought a 5-foot alligator for 30 minutes before the gator broke one of the treble hooks. Just as well that the gator threw the hook as it is illegal to retain an alligator. So much for the thought of fried alligator.

Tuesday, mostly whiting, gafftop and sand, bonnet head and hammerhead sharks were being caught at the 61st Street Fishing Pier, according to Richard Belleau’s report.

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

(1) comment

Terri Neely

How can you dare try to convince potintial bait shop patrons that surf fishing looks good for Thursday or any day in the near future,when the nearest clear seaweedles fishable surf water is a quarter mile ! Easy to see who sponsers your article !!!!! FOLKS !!!! SURF FISHING THURSDAY WOULD BE A FOOLISH WASTE OF BAIT AND MONEY ! No matter the weather ! Way to go, suck-em-up Joe.

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