It appears that the surf and adjoining waters are clearing up rapidly under summerlike conditions and a nice southeast breeze. Fishing remains red hot and hopefully it will continue on that course for a while.

Both offshore and inshore fishing are reaching a peak following Hurricane Harvey.

Rick Markette found some excellent flounder action at the east end of the seawall where he caught and retained four flatfish along with numerous throwbacks. Berkley Gulps along with Swimming Minnows in chartreuse fished on a double drop leader did the trick.

Malcolm Mencacci did not let the fact that his boat was in the shop for maintenance stop him from fishing. Thursday morning he headed to the surf around 10 a.m. after catching some fingerling mullet for bait.

The surf was beautiful and the bite was on. After three hours of fishing from one of the rock groins, Mencacci’s catch included a Texas Grand Slam. Spanish mackerel, three speckled trout, three reds, four sharks and three flounder was the total catch for the morning.

All fish were released except for two 19-inch flounder.

On the offshore scene, Captains Taylor Borel and Gunner Valdez hosted a two-boat bachelor party last weekend for Dustin Williams. Fishing around the Claypile Bank and nearby platforms, they landed vermilion snapper, lane snapper, ling, African pompano, almaco jack, rockhind grouper, amberjack (released) and the highlights were a 50-pound wahoo and a large Warsaw grouper.

Urs Schmid of Saltwater Recon called in to report that his website now has a camera located at Surfside Beach.

If conditions hold this weekend, the weekend should be a good one for fishing.

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

(1) comment

Blanca Bell

Ricky and Malcolm are known to exaggerate. Piggys and hardheads are usually what they catch.

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