The last weekend of this year’s red snapper season is here, and it appears that seas will be tolerable for larger boats heading out for that last limit of red snapper for the year.

Galveston’s party boat operations have been busy this week taking advantage of the nice conditions, and each trip has resulted in limits of red snapper for each of the guests.

Kayla Garza reported a variety of fish being taken aboard the party boat New Buccaneer along with limits of red snapper.  

Wednesday’s trip included sharks, Dorado, lane snapper and vermilions in addition to the target of the trip, red snapper.

Thursday’s run of 70 miles produced vermilions, lane snapper, ling, sharks and rock hinds along with red snapper.  

Capt. Smitty Smith was at the helm on both trips.

Garza also reported some nice gafftop being caught on Galveston Party Boat’s bay trips run by Capt. Cody Carter.

Capt. Jill Williams has been running Williams Party Boat’s offshore trips this week from the party boat Texsun II.  

Thursday’s trip resulted in a limit of red snapper plus 23 Dorado.  

The highlight of the trip for one fisherman was the landing of a ling weighing more than 59 pounds.  

Gene Marigliano, who caught the fish, was registered for the CCA-Texas Star Fishing Tournament and entered his big ling, which immediately fell into the third-place position.

Maurice Goldman and Joe Greenfield fished the end of the South Jetty on Thursday afternoon and landed four bull reds, four blacktip sharks to an estimated 5 feet in length and two large gafftop. All of the fish were released and cut shad and mullet were the baits.

Richard Belleau, 61st Street Fishing Pier, reported catches of pompano, lots of whiting and sharks by his customers.

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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