It appears that unsettled conditions are going to be with us for the next few days.

Strong winds and a good chance of badly needed rain are in the forecast; however, by this weekend conditions look much better.

With small craft advisories in effect Monday, not much was taking place on the fishing scene, as no reports came in.

Fishing reports for last weekend continued to be received and another good offshore report was among them.

The party boat New Buccaneer made a 75-mile offshore trip Saturday where Capt. Matthew “Smitty” Smith found some nice fish for his 97 guests.

Their catch included 432 vermilion snapper, also called B-liners, along with an assortment of other fish including mangrove snapper, lane snapper, spade fish, redhind grouper, tomtate, porgies and squirrel fish.

Galveston Party Boats’ bay trips last weekend were under the direction of Capt. Mondo and both trips returned with good numbers of mainly gafftop.

Jeanie Sampleton sent a note saying crabbing is getting better each week around Teichman Point.

Sampleton and her family enjoy crabbing and asked that we give more reports on the popular family sport.

Volunteers are needed to assist with Saturday’s Texas Parks and Wildlife Department’s “Go Fish” event at Galveston Island State Park.

It is a free family fishing event that takes place from 8 a.m. until noon. Anyone desiring to volunteer or needing more information can contact Greg Akins at

Another youth fishing tournament is scheduled for this area on June 21 is the Texas City Parks and Recreation Division’s annual youth fishing event at Carver Park.

The event is from 8 a.m. until noon and more on that event will be coming in the near future.

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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