Today’s Reel Report is being written while Polly and I are making our first trip through the Panama Canal.

What an experience and sight to behold.

Through the wonders of cellphones and satellite Internet, information on the fishing scene in Galveston can be easily obtained.

Now, let’s take a look at what is taking place on the fishing scene.

Mother’s Day typically is slow due to anglers needing to focus attention on the more important people in their lives; however, this year there were more boats than usual on the water.

Jetty Joe at Galveston Bait and Tackle reported good catches coming from reefs in both East and West bays.

Sunday’s crowds stressed live bait supplies and many camps were running short.

While live shrimp are available, supplies at bait camps are spotty and it is recommended you call ahead to check supplies at your favorite bait camp.

Jessie Crayton and his family fished the Greens Cut area Sunday and landed six specks and a slot red using live shrimp fished under popping corks.

Confederate Reef was productive for Mitch Salazar and Henry Moore, who landed eight specks and two flounder while wade fishing and tossing WD-40 Bass Assassins with chartreuse tails.

On the offshore scene, Patrick Lemire called in Saturday’s report for the party boat Capt. John.

Eighty-one anglers were hauled 48 miles out in the Gulf of Mexico by Capt. Johnny Williams where they caught most of their limit of 162 red snapper to 18 pounds.

On the journey back to dock, a stop was made in the vicinity of the old Buccaneer Field where the remainder of the red snapper limit was taken along with Gulf trout, bluefish, spadefish and sharpnose sharks.

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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