Offshore fishing has been hot lately; however, it got even hotter this weekend as a record blue marlin was landed on a boat home, based in Galveston.

Richard Richardson landed a 972.7-pound blue marlin that will displace the current record of 875 pounds set in 1988.

The fish was caught on The Legacy, captained by Kevin Deerman, and was participating in Rockport’s Bastante Memorial Fishing Tournament.

Cameron Plaag was the first mate who helped land the fish.

Close to home, Dean Silvers and four friends made a two-boat offshore trip Saturday with both boats landing limits of kings.

The action took place 20 miles out of Galveston and the limits were in the boat by 11 a.m.

Several sharks were caught and released and a couple of ling just turned their noses up at baits tossed in their direction.

The party boat Capt. John made a 55-mile trip Friday and limits of red snapper were caught along with king mackerel, lane snapper, mangroves, sharks and stingrays.

On the inshore scene, Roy Beck from West End Marina called in to report a catch that should take the lead in the youth flounder category of the CCA Star Fishing Tournament.

Cameron Rodriguez landed a 4-pound, 3-ounce flounder that is expected to place the 11-year-old on top.

Speaking of the Star Fishing Tournament, this year’s first two tagged reds have been certified and the winners of truck and boat packages are Micah Nethercutt of Highlands and Mark Richmond of Temple.

There are a number of tagged reds still swimming around and also time to enter the event if you are among those still procrastinating.

Along the beach front, bull reds, whiting, gafftop, sharks and trout were reported by the 61st Street Fishing Pier.

Action under the full moon has been good for anglers fishing with free-lined live shrimp around midnight.

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

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