Lots of good catches took place over the weekend despite the shortage of live shrimp.
Greg Hagerud was unable to find live shrimp Saturday; however, Sunday morning Bayou Bait and Tackle had a supply, and that was all he needed for bait to fish the surf. Hagerud said he could see schools of trout riding the waves, but they were not biting. He felt that the fish were full of mullet as they were abundant in the surf.
Regardless, reds were easy targets along with some nice-sized croaker.
Daniel New of Tiki Island fished the Intracoastal Waterway cut at Deer Island on Sunday morning and found the bite was on for sand trout. Also, large hardheads in the 5- to 10-pound range were biting. The action took place between 7:30 a.m. and 8:30 a.m. along the north edge of the waterway using dead shrimp fished on the bottom. New said that unfortunately no flounder or specks were caught.
Mark McDavid and Glen Hickerson fished West Beach on Sunday morning and almost filled a 48-quart igloo with croaker, whiting and sand trout. Two slot reds were in the mix as well. McDavid said the action was crazy, with sometimes two fish at a time being caught. Peeled dead shrimp fished on a size 10 treble hook did the trick. Most of the fish were in between the shore and the first sand bar.
We have mentioned sharks being caught in good numbers lately; however, we have not heard from any shark fishermen, that is until Sunday.
Debby Brady of Texas City, better known as the Cow Town Mermaid, reported some excellent action on sharks.
Recently while on shark patrol, she caught six keepers in four days ranging in size from 31 to 34 inches in length. The action came from the North Jetty using cut mullet on shark rigs she makes herself. Brady said that only one shark was retained each day.