Near ideal conditions for fishing prevailed around the Galveston area Saturday morning and, while the only hiccup was the off color water in most spots, the fish were biting.

Bull reds, gafftop, sharks and a variety of panfish were being caught by anglers fishing the surf.

Close to five miles off of the beachfront a tarpon was raised and the jetties continue to be productive.

The causeway area is producing a few more trout and guides fishing East Bay are finding increasing numbers of specks for their customers.

The offshore continues in the summertime pattern, with excellent action coming from the deep water.

Red Emerson was the angler hooking up with the tarpon and the action took place while Emerson was fishing about a mile from the end of the South Jetty. The angler from Hitchcock was fishing for sharks and using a large ribbonfish he had caught three weeks earlier from a friend’s dock on Highland Bayou.

The big silver king took two leaps out of the water before spitting the hook.

It is easy to see from the Sunday fish pictures that action on reds is hot and heavy.

Galveston Bait and Tackle reported increasing numbers of specks being taken along with lots of reds, croaker and lady fish.

We most likely will be seeing the offshore action cooling down soon, especially following our first cold front. For now, it continues in its prime.

The party boat Capt. John made an overnight trip last week fishing on the way out and also back in from fishing grounds 125 miles out. Their catch included 260 blackfin tuna, 400 vermilions, nine scamp grouper, 18 kings, five rockhinds, Dorado, tile fish and almaco jack.

No yellow fin tuna were landed.

This week looks to be good for fishing, as warm weather is forecast to continue.

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

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