If offshore fishing interests you, this week looks like a great time to head into the Gulf of Mexico if the forecasts hold.

Typically, mid-July through most of August is the best time of year to plan an offshore trip, barring a weather system in the Gulf.

Not only is the weather the most stable of the year, but fishing is at its best.

This year is no exception, and there are lots of large fish swimming around from just off the beach front and beyond.

Last week, I found most of the action from a trip that ranged up to 35 miles out at about 12 miles.

Other captains were reporting similar experiences.

Seaweed did not appear in the masses of earlier in the month; however, I am not about to say that the nuisance is out of here just yet.

Smaller seaworthy boats can easily make a run 12 miles out and, with seas running in the 1- to 2-foot range, it does not take long to make it to your destination.

Mitchell’s Reef, named after Galveston Philanthropist George Mitchell, has been in the center of an area loaded with offshore fish lately.

The area had an added bonus of a working platform nearby that offers another spot for boats to drift and troll.

Inshore fishing has been spotty lately with the best results coming at night from anglers fishing around lighted piers and docks.

Flounder gigging has been fair for anglers willing to work for a few flatfish.

Christmas Bay, Chocolate Bay, Virginia Point and the Bolivar Flats have been producing the best results for gigging.

The next Chorizo Texas Slam Tournament is scheduled Aug. 16.

The event will be headquartered at Serious Tackle in La Marque which, in conjunction with the tournament, will be celebrating its 20th year in business.

For information, call Lee Garcia, 281-216-3215.

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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