Near gale force winds along with bitter cold conditions shut things down on the fishing scene Monday, and with the added occurrence of rain today and Wednesday, it likely will be later in the week before conditions are suitable for fishing.

Before the arrival of the cold front, excellent fishing took place in several areas and a report of a trophy trout was received

Saturday, Capt. Paul Marcaccio hosted Matthew Eck and his father, Joe, to a fishing trip in Galveston Bay where 17-year-old Matthew landed what likely will be a once-in-a-lifetime trout.

The 9-pound, 6-ounce fish was landed Saturday afternoon and no mention was made of what bait the big sow hit.

Malcolm Marcaccio sent a note to say the Mardi Gras Bite was on Saturday morning as he found action on the outgoing tide using Norton Sand Eels and Bass Assassins on a 1/16-ounce lead head jig.

He fished in three to five feet of water and landed four slot reds, releasing one, and five specks, releasing two. The bait colors were strawberry and limetruse.

Jetty Joe, Galveston Bait and Tackle, reported some excellent action on Saturday as well. Capt. Cecil Gray placed his guests Jose, Amondo Rulbe and Amando Jr. into fish in West Bay that included 10 reds, eight sheepshead and two black drum.

Tommy Sparlis of Friendswood fished the rocks near the United States Coast Guard Station at Galveston and landed two large black drum, both photographed and released. Sparlis used both cut whiting and shad for bait, with both fish hitting the whiting.

Saturday night while all of the partying and parading was taking place Hank Cain and Jerry Tucker fished the lights around Teichmann Point and landed four slot reds and a 24-inch trout. The anglers caught the fish using live shrimp fished under popping corks.

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

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