While there is a lot of good fishing being reported from around the Galveston Bay Complex, the big news is from the near shore waters of the Gulf of Mexico, where tarpon action has been outstanding lately.

So far this season we are way ahead in tarpon hookups compared to last year. Tuesday, Capt. Michael LaRue, LaRue’s Guide Service, had a tarpon charter that resulted in 10 of the silver kings being raised and seven landed and released. The largest measured more than 80 inches.

Wednesday morning, LaRue had a bay charter and, after cleaning the catch of 12 trout, returned to the Gulf that afternoon and raised another tarpon, this time the big fish spit the hook before being landed.

Dylan Loughney from Wilmington, Del., has been vacationing in Galveston and during the past six days has caught nine flounder to longer than 20 inches in length using Gulp Shrimp for bait. The action came from near the Galveston Yacht Basin.

Katy Davis and her friend Rob fished three consecutive days with Capt. Jaime Cantu and stockpiled some excellent fish.

Among the fish taken at the jetties were bull reds, mangrove snapper, king mackerel, spadefish, specks and Gulf trout. Free-lined shrimp and croaker were the baits.

Cantu said that the bite is on everywhere in this area.

Offshore fishing continues to keep up its fast pace. Rod Lyons and three friends made an offshore trip out of Galveston on Wednesday fishing areas from 10 to 40 miles out.

Using a variety of baits including squid, sardines and ribbonfish, the anglers landed and released lots of kings and sharks.

Retained were a 19-pound ling, 14 Dorado ranging from 14 to 26 inches in length and a 7-pound spadefish.

The party boat Capt. John had another successful offshore trip Wednesday with limits of red snapper caught along with kings, mangroves, sharks and stingrays.

The action took place up to 55 miles out.

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

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