Monday was a great day to be offshore, with slight seas and just enough wind to help cool anglers in the shade.

Andy Horne and his son Anderson visiting from Greenville, S.C., joined me for a day in the Gulf and we found kings almost everywhere we stopped, which included numerous wells and underwater artificial reefs all the way to the old Buccaneer Field.

Surprising to me was that our most productive spot was the area around Mitchell’s Reef, about 12 miles south of the jetties.

At the end of the day, we had limits of kings along with Dorado and Spanish mackerel in the ice chest. Several sharks also were caught and all released.

The party boat New Buccaneer with Capt. Smitty Smith at the helm took 94 anglers 70 miles out Sunday and returned with 50 vermilion snapper, 47 king mackerel and a variety of other fish including Barracuda, ling, tomtate and grouper.

Capt. Cody Carter ran bay and jetty trips on the party boat Cavalier and brought back lots of sand trout and gafftop.

Capt. James Plaag, Silver King Adventures, reported his charters have been limiting out on trout each day.

The fish have been coming from 9- to 10-feet of water on Bass Assassin Albino Seashads.

Plaag said the early bite has not been good with the better times being later in the day, and that Mirrolure She Dogs have been great for top water lately.

Capt. Ron Woods, 2Fish’Aholics Charters, hosted Cody, Trisha, Charles and Dylan Pratt from Stephenville to a jetty trip where the guests landed bull reds and sharks up to 5 feet in length. Cut bait was the bait of choice.

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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