This year’s seaweed epidemic is the worst most of us old-timers have seen around Galveston.  

Capt. Lloyd Pepper and I were discussing this earlier this week, and we both agreed that during our long tenures of fishing this area, this is the worst we have experienced.

For offshore anglers, it is a plus, but for everyone else, especially surf fishermen, it is a nuisance we all hope goes away soon.

The seaweed in the bays has not adversely affected fishing nearly as much as it has along the beach front.

Thursday, a number of good reports came from West Bay, Lower Galveston Bay, the jetties and East Bay.

Capt. Jaime Cantu hosted Ron Kethan and his brother-in-law Larry to a jetty trip where the East Texas anglers caught a variety of species including speckled trout, bull reds, slot reds, puppy drum, Spanish mackerel and bonnet head sharks.  

Free-lined live shrimp was the bait, and the action took place in 13 feet of water.

Jetty Joe, Galveston Bait and Tackle, reported two successful trips by the father-and-son guide team of Cecil and Nathan Gray.  

Cecil hosted two guests who returned with 14 trout and two reds, while Nathan’s group landed a Texas Grand Slam consisting of 15 trout, two reds and a flounder.  

Most of the fish were caught around the causeway using live croaker for bait.

Deep shell reefs in East Bay continue to give up some nice catches of mainly trout.  

Steve Hester and his two daughters Michelle and Carrie drifted Hanna’s and other reefs using live shrimp fished under popping corks and landed 17 specks to 23 inches.

The party boat Capt. John is taking part in an experimental program that allows a quota for red snapper rather than being confined to the short season the rest of the recreational fishermen are limited to.

As a result, they will continue trips until their quota is caught.

Wednesday, the boat made a 50-mile trip offshore where the 52 guests onboard limited out on red snapper to 18 pounds and landed 14 spadefish, a king and sharpnose sharks.

Capt. Joe Kent is a columnist for The Daily News. To get your catch in the Reel Report, call 409-683-5273 or email

(1) comment

Gary Miller

Back in early 70's there was so much seaweed during Tackle Time it was difficult to get off shore. I suspect the Gulf was as cool that year as today. In early July we had a "cold" front with strong north winds that kept us from going off shore. If memory serve daytime highs were in the 50's for several days.

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