Lemire and his reds

Patrick Lemire with his limit of red snapper caught Jan. 18 on the party boat Capt. John. 


Offatts Bayou appears to be producing trout for anglers fishing deep holes such as the Blue Hole off Moody Gardens.  

Unconfirmed reports indicate that the well-known, deep-water pocket has produced several stringers of trout in the 15- to 19-inch category.

Hector Fritz was fishing off the 61st Street Boat Ramp when two anglers returned from their trip and showed him their ice chest with several nice trout ready for the cleaning table.

Fritz said the anglers only said that the trout came from Offatts; however, another fisherman nearby said he passed their boat while it was anchored in front of Moody Gardens.

Another report was called in reporting some fair action on trout in the 15- to 19-inch range being caught in Offatts late Saturday morning; however, no name was given.

We mention the deep pockets of Offatts Bayou often in the Reel Report as trout will congregate there during periods of very low temperatures and low tides.  

Friday and Saturday should have met the criteria, as the water temperature in the bay ranged from the low to upper 40s in most parts of the Galveston Bay Complex.

While a southwest wind is generally poor for fishing, a switch to that direction Saturday allowed the water levels to rise a bit following the emptying of the bays by the strong north wind that accompanied the recent cold front.

For fishing to improve considerably there will need to be a significant warming trend that moves the water temperatures to the 60-degree range.  

It does not look good for that to take place until perhaps next weekend.

Once water levels increase and warm, look for the Confederate Reef Triangle in Upper West Bay to hold trout as the fish will come out of their safe refuges to feed.  

Mud bottoms should be the choice over shell or sand bottoms, as the water warms more quickly in those areas.

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.comWant to get your fishing photo in the paper? Email your shots to reel.report@galvnews.comInclude information on everyone pictured, what the catch is and where the fish were hauled in. 

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