Tarpon are back in the picture, with several hookups and landings reported in the past few days.

Surf fishing for trout has been spotty, with the best action coming later in the morning; however, other fish are filling stringers for wade fishermen along the beach front.

An angler named Greg sent a note saying that he fished the surf both Saturday and Sunday with only one trout to show for his efforts. While trout were scarce, he landed sand trout, black drum, whiting and bluefish. Lots of mullet were in the surf, and bluefish were after everything in sight.

Hank Cornelius waited until 10 a.m. to wade the surf and within an hour had eight trout. All were caught using Super Spook Juniors for baits.

Capt. Michael LaRue, LaRue’s Guide Service, fished just off the Galveston beach front Monday with Capt. Billy Howell and John Novecky and raised three tarpon, landing two with the largest silver king weighing 120 pounds.

Also reporting a tarpon catch was Damien Nelson, who caught his fish while fishing with Capt. Shane Day.

Offshore fishing continues on the hot pace it has been on recently with good numbers of fish being caught within 20 miles of shore.

Last weekend, Galveston Party Boats had both of their party boats in the Gulf.

The New Buccaneer made a 70-mile trip where Capt. Smitty Smith placed his guests into action. Their catch included 417 vermilion snapper, 10 kings, three amberjack and a variety of other fish including a Warsaw and other grouper.

Capt. Cody Carter took the Cavalier 65 miles out where his guests landed king and Spanish mackerel, sharks and a variety of other fish.

The party boat Capt. John fished 40 miles out where Capt. Johnny Williams placed his guests into limits of red snapper. It was 20 miles closer in where he found other fish that included kings, Spanish mackerel, stingrays and sharks.

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

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