A moderate southwest wind has the shallower bays in poor shape.

Deeper pockets of water are holding fair to marginal water clarity along with the jetties.

Thursday afternoon, I surveyed the North Jetty with the idea of fishing for a couple of hours; however, a stiff south wind was just too much to deal with during the early afternoon.

Fish are being caught despite the conditions.

Around 2 p.m. Thursday, I stopped by the cleaning table at Galveston Bait and Tackle and observed Capt. Steve Hewitt, Five Star Fishing Charters, cleaning a mess of fish.

He had just returned from a fishing trip with the Phillips party from Mansfield.

A Texas Grand Slam including 10 trout, five reds and a flounder was lying on the table in line to be processed.

Earlier this week, Charlie Hanson of Jamaica Beach hosted the Stricklin family to a West Bay fishing trip where they caught speckled trout, redfish and flounder.

All of the fish were caught using live mullet for bait.

Crabbing has been good recently with the best action taking place between daybreak and noon.

Marilyn Grippon, who is visiting Crystal Beach with her children, asked about places in that area to take the kids crabbing.

Just about any spot around a pier, bulkhead or boat dock should be a good candidate for catching crabs.

Be sure to have the owner’s permission before dropping any crab lines in the water.

The party boat Capt. John made a 156-mile run to a drill ship working in 4,000 feet of water.

The overnight trip earlier this week included Rosalee Mierzwa, wife of Port Director Michael Mierzwa, who along with 36 other anglers landed a variety of deep offshore fish.

Included in their catch were red and vermilion snapper, 40 yellow fin tuna, 98 blackfins, a skipjack tuna, 12 amberjack and grouper.

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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