August is here and barring disruptions from events in the Gulf of Mexico, it should be a good month for fishing.

For anglers like me who enjoy both offshore and bay fishing, August is one of the top months to focus on the sport.

Several times I have said that it is my favorite month for coastal fishing as the weather tends to be the most stable of the year and just about all species of fish are available to catch.

While most anglers have experienced poorer than normal inshore catches for this time of year, I expect that to change during August.

Inshore fish, particularly the big three of flounder, reds and trout, are going to be caught in deeper waters.

Among the areas that are productive during August are deeper shell pads around gas wells and the dropoffs along both the Houston Ship Channel and Galveston Channel.

The jetties are in one of their prime months and the beach front is often a hot spot early in the day.

From now until Labor Day, trout should be found in good numbers schooling up and down the jetties, especially the channel side of the North Jetty and Gulf side of the South Jetty. Fishing the jetties is always an adventure as just about any species of fish found in the near shore waters of the Gulf is a candidate to take your bait.

The Tejas Vaquero Pescado Challenge was held last weekend at The West End Marina and the results are:

• First Place, Non-Guided Division — largest stringer: Harry Klein, George Bollinger and Mark Brock.

• Guided Division — largest stringer: Defending champions Mike Curley, Mike Curley Jr. and Larry Romero.

• Largest trout: Mike Martin

• Largest slot red: Mike Curley Sr.

• Largest flounder: Big Mac Ruffeno

• Redfish (most spots): Robbie Smith

• Largest Junk Fish: Joe E. Pedigo (jack crevalle)

• The Hard Luck Award: John O. Smith

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

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