Large sandbar sharks are appearing in the surf along with other warm water fish, and that is a sign that our summertime fishing patterns are not far behind.

Three of the sharks in the 6- to 8-foot range were caught earlier this week, along with a large jack crevalle. 

Whiting, bull reds, sheepshead and black drum rounded out the other fish being taken from the surf.

Friday, James Perez of Houston landed a 38-inch black drum from the pier using crab for bait.

The jetties turned on with black drum action Friday as several boats reported catching and releasing “big uglies” in the 24- to 40-pound range.

Brannon Cox and Jackie Mays fished near the end of the North Jetty and landed two drum in the 30- to 40-pound range. Both fish were taken using large whiting cut in half. A lone 30-inch bull red was tagged and released.

Near the boat cut, black drum were biting with both oversized and undersized fish being caught.

Carlos Hemphill and his son Bobby used cut bait to land eight drum in the 16- to 32-inch range, releasing all but three in the slot range of 14 to 30 inches. Several large sheepshead were caught and released with dead shrimp taking all of the “jail birds.”

Trout action near the mouth of Campbell’s Bayou turned on briefly Friday for Mark Herrera and Sergio Sanchez.

The anglers from Texas City used live shrimp fished under popping corks to land eight trout within 30 minutes while drifting near the shore on both sides of the cut into Swan Lake.

Herrera said the fish were in a feeding frenzy for a while and when it ended, not another bite the rest of the morning.

Anglers fishing near the causeway were taking sheepshead, black drum and scattered specks according to a report from Galveston Bait and Tackle.

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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