It might be a bit premature to say that the flounder run is in full swing. If not, it is not far away, as huge flounder are beginning to make their way to the traditional hot spots this time of year.

Jason Reuter of Aunt Margie’s Bait Camp reported lots of large flounder and slot reds being caught in West Bay. North and South Deer Islands along with Confederate Reef have been where much of the action has been taking place.

The Texas City Dike also is holding some good-sized fish. Rodney Pence landed a 7-pound, 24-inch flounder from that area while Martin Reynolds limited out on flounder with both measuring over 22 inches. There was no mention of the bait for Pence’s flounder; however, Reynold’s reported Chicken Boys as the bait of choice.

Sid Landers has been having consistent catches of flounder over 4 pounds while wade fishing the mouth of Sweetwater Lake. Landers said that live shrimp has been the only bait the flatfish will hit.

Over at the South Jetties, Captain Matthew Forester has been placing his guests into large numbers of big bull reds when conditions permitted fishing that area. The catches have come from near the end of the jetties about 50 yards out. Shad and mullet have been the best baits.

Trout action continues to be spotty, at least around the Galveston Area, according to reports from local bait camps. Unconfirmed reports from the Beach City Area of Trinity Bay indicate that specks are schooling in that area and hitting a variety of baits both natural and artificial.

Capt. Joe Kent is a columnist for The Daily News. Report your catch to or call 409-683-5273.

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