Morning rain and threatening weather kept fishing to a minimum Friday. While the forecast called for slight chances of rain, the skies told another story.

I was one of those who spent the morning around the Galveston Yacht Basin waiting for a break in the weather. Several boats were driven in by the ominous conditions and, like me, waited until better conditions to head out.

Just before noon, we were able to head to the jetties and the fish were biting for a short time. From 12:30 p.m. until 2 p.m., Polly and I landed several specks, black drum, sheepshead, small jack crevalle, lady fish and a flounder. All of the action came during an outgoing tide on the channel side of the North Jetty.

The conditions were ideal and, in past years, trout would have been thick roaming the rocks for bait.

Along the beach front, whiting, gafftop, Spanish mackerel, blacktip sharks and bull reds were being caught by anglers fishing the 61st Street Fishing Pier.

Offshore reports from Thursday came in and, as we have mentioned many times, the action is outstanding.

Jared Montgomery and three friends from Dallas fished more than 60 miles out of Galveston and ran into hot action on barracuda. Montgomery said his group lost count of the number of barracuda they caught. The fish ranged in size from a few pounds to one that measured 30 inches. All of the barracuda were released because of the fear of a poison that species of fish often carries.

Other fish caught and retained were full limits of king mackerel, six chicken Dorado and a grouper.

The party boat New Buccaneer made a 70-mile trip Thursday, and Capt. Smitty Smith placed his guests into fish.

Their catch included 313 vermilion snapper, 20 kings, grouper, almaco, tomtate, squirrel fish, Creole fish, lane and mangrove snapper.

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Capt. Joe Kent is a columnist for The Daily News. Report your catch to or call 409-683-5273.

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