Good amounts of rainfall fell on the Galveston Bay Complex on Friday and that should give fishing a badly needed boost after conditions settle. Today appears to continue to offer unsettled weather; however, next week looks promising for inshore fishing.

While offshore action continues to be hot, Friday’s stormy weather kept boats in port waiting for better conditions. As soon as the threatening weather subsides, look for some excellent catches from the Gulf.

The influx of fresh water into the Galveston Bay System should reduce salinity levels and lower the overall water temperature for a while. Sunday, we should see some better results reported, especially from around the jetties and other areas.

Stan Watkins of Bellville called in to say that he caught an alligator gar in Highlands Bayou on Thursday night that measured more than four feet long. The fish hit a live fingerling mullet and Watkins was amazed that the 30-pound monofilament leader held. The mullet was attached to a 5:0 live bait hook.

Catches around the Seabrook-Kemah Channel area have been mostly panfish, according to Pat Moore’s report. Moore took his two young grandsons fishing in the channel as it was close to the boat ramp with the threatening weather all around. Using dead shrimp for bait, croaker, black drum, piggy perch and a mudfish were landed. All of the fish were released and all had a ball catching the fish.

Thursday night, Ted Hemphill fished the lights around docks along Dickinson Bayou and landed a slot red, three trout, two undersized and a keeper, along with several small sand trout. Live shrimp was the bait.

Offshore, the party boat Capt. John battled breezy and bumpy conditions to make it 35 miles out where 56 anglers limited out on red snapper to 15 pounds and also caught 15 kings along with blue fish, spade fish and Spanish mackerel.

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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