There have been a lot of good fishing reports lately, and it stands to reason — a southeast wind and strong tides have prevailed for several days now. While the last three days have been single-tide change days, the strength of the early morning tide has been good.

The moderate to occasionally strong east/southeast wind has hindered smaller boats from hitting the Gulf of Mexico in pursuit of red snapper and other fish.

Monday morning, Dean Silvers found the east wind howling, so he and his friend Bill Zimmer chose Greens Lake. Fishing the marsh area, the anglers landed six trout, three undersized reds and a 19-inch flounder.

Bulldog’s Bait Shop reported some excellent catches by the Keyes family. Joshua Keyes landed a limit of trout from the surf Sunday, while Raymond Keyes and Ed Brown fished the crash basin off Offatts Bayou and caught seven trout and a red. Live shrimp accounted for all of the fish.

Brenda Rilat at Lee’s Bait and Tackle near the Texas City Dike reported a nice catch by Elvin Maxwell, Greg Chapa and Dog Maxwell. The three anglers fished with live shrimp and caught five sheepshead, three trout and a bull red. No mention of where they fished; however, most of their reports come from the Bolivar Gas Wells.

Along the beach front Spanish mackerel, trout, jack crevalle, croaker and whiting were being caught by anglers at the 61st Street Fishing Pier.

Trout action under the lights continues to be excellent in the hours just before daybreak. Sunday morning, Gina Hemphill and Rodney Moore caught 13 trout and two reds — a slot and a throwback — while fishing off a lighted dock along Harborside. The action was hot and heavy starting around 4 a.m.

Capt. Jill Williams hosted a 12-hour offshore trip for 54 anglers aboard the party boat Texsun II on Sunday. Fishing about 40 miles southeast of the jetties they landed limits of red snapper, kings, sharks and a 55-pound ling.

Reel Report

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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