Saturday, the weather felt like it was the middle of August and hot summertime conditions continued to prevail. Several areas produced some nice catches while others offered slim pickings.
One area that continues to be red hot is the surf. In the shallower waters closer to shore, good numbers of slot reds are being caught while farther out bull reds are working the beachfront.
Sharks are feeding along with the big reds and Jimmy Anderson of La Marque reported landing six bull reds and three sharks, the largest of which was a four-foot bull shark. Anderson was using cut shad for bait. All of the fish were released.
Flounder are being caught at a variety of places. Frank Moak reported his catch of three flatfish from around the beachfront rock groins. Moak was using live mullet for bait and said the fish were stacked in close to the rocks.
Bulldog’s Bait Shop reported hot action on reds of all sizes in the surf and flounder being caught around Seawolf Park. Mullet and live shrimp were the baits of choice. The bait shop also reported having a good supply of live shrimp on Saturday.
The only report of speckled trout came from Bolivar Peninsula, where anglers fishing the south shoreline near Sievers Cut were catching a few using soft plastics for bait.
Offshore conditions have been excellent for late season fishing. The only offshore report received Saturday was from the party boat Capt. John and their 36-hour tuna safari.
Co-captains Cody Carter and Jill Williams hosted a trip to fishing grounds in the deep waters of the Gulf of Mexico where their guests landed 125 blackfin tuna, one yellowfin tuna, 232 vermilion snapper, nine barracuda, eight almoco Jacks, seven scamp grouper and a bonito.
Live shrimp is in tight supply around Galveston so, if that is your choice of bait, it would be best to call ahead and check on inventories.