The full moon slowed fishing during the first part of the day Saturday.  

With clear skies Friday night and the big full moon shining down on the water, fish took care of their appetites before sunrise.

Saturday, Bob Whitten and his sons Trey and Will joined me for a morning of fishing and fortunately, we hit the water early.  

All of our fish were caught before 7:30 a.m. and from then to just after noon, it was slow sailing.  

Only a few undersized trout and a jack crevalle were interested in our live shrimp and croaker up in the morning.

Capt. Ron Woods, 2 Fish’Aholics Charters, hosted Rebekah Walling of College Station, her boyfriend Ricky Richards and their respective fathers, Mark Walling and Mike Richards, to a jetty trip on Saturday.

Their catch included more than 20 sharks to 6 feet, releasing all but four, two bull reds and a mess of gafftop.

The action came from outside the North Jetty.

Earlier this week, Capt. Cody Carter found good action for his guests aboard the party boat Cavalier.

Fishing both afternoon and morning bay trips, the catch included shark, reds and gafftop, sand trout and jack crevalle.

Offshore, the action remains hot and heavy.

Both of Galveston’s major party boat operations were out Friday with William’s Party Boat’s Capt. John fishing 45 miles out and Galveston Party Boat’s New Buccaneer going 70 miles.

The Capt. John returned with a boat limit of red snapper to 19 pounds, along with 14 kings and a jack crevalle.

The New Buccaneer’s catch included 604 vermilions, 17 kings, 12 tomate and lane and mangrove snapper, almaco jack, squirrel fish and whitebone porgy.

Four of CCA-Texas Star Tournament reds have been caught recently; however, unfortunately, none of the anglers were in compliance with the tournament’s rules and could not be confirmed as winners.

That means that all five truck and boat packages are still available.  

If you have not registered for the tournament, you still have time.

To qualify your catch, you must have entered before landing your fish.

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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