The current conditions have even slowed crabbing, which has been one of the bright spots for families vacationing in the Galveston area. Not to worry, the crabs are there, just retreating while the water is so hot and there is little tidal movement.

The Hendricks family has been vacationing in Crystal Beach for the past month. They have been enjoying some nice crabs caught off the dock near their rental home. Ronnie Hendricks called in to say crabbers now are experiencing a slowdown along with fishermen.

Before Sunday, his family had been catching at least six nice blue crabs each day, but only one small crab was caught Sunday.

He asked if it were possible that the crabs have moved, and my answer is I doubt it. Later this week when the wind is forecast to shift, action should return.

Our only inshore fishing report Monday came from the 61st Street Fishing Pier where anglers were landing sand trout, pompano, whiting and reds, both slot and bulls.

Before the wind picked up last weekend, the party boat New Buccaneer made a 75-mile trip offshore where Capt. Smitty Smith placed his 96 guests into action. Their catch include 351 vermilion snapper, 45 white grunt, 11 porgy and 39 other fish that included sharks, Dorado, amberjack and kings.

If you have young anglers at home ages 14 and younger, the Mainland Chapter CCA-Texas would like for you to join them at its sixth annual Kids Fishing Tournament. The event is free and will take place this Saturday at Harborwalk Marina.

Registration and fishing is from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. with awards and lunch (hot dogs, chips and drink) from 11 a.m. to noon. For information, call Erich Schneider at 713-626-4222.

Reel Report

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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