We have talked a lot lately about the prolific red fish action all around Galveston and, while compiling reports for Sunday’s Reel Report, I started thinking about the great improvement we have seen with our stocks of red fish.

If you were around in the late 1980s and saw the drastic decline in reds, today’s situation would be noteworthy. It seems that each year for the past 10 we have had a gradual improvement in the numbers and quality of reds being caught.

This is a tribute to the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department and the sensible regulations imposed on size and bag limits beginning more than 30 years ago. The stocks of reds are in my opinion rivaling those from the 1970s.

While late summer and fall are definitely the times when red fish action picks up, there were years that the stocks were too slim to notice much in the way of fall spawning. Anyhow, my hat is off to the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, GCCA, now CCA-Texas and other conservation groups that had interest in protecting this valuable resource.

On the fishing scene, live shrimp continues to be in short supply around Galveston. Sunday afternoon Bulldog’s Bait Shop was the only bait dealer flying a white flag.

Saturday night, I took a half-time break from watching football and fished under the lights of my boat dock. Using speck rigs in solid white along with red fish rigs in a chartreuse mix, I landed a slot red and two keeper specks before the end of halftime. The fish are all around the bay and beach front awaiting your baits.

The early part of this week appears to be burdened with rain and wind. Hopefully closer to next weekend, conditions will return to normal.

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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