The following note came from David Ashburn who is new on the fishing scene around Galveston.

Ashburn wrote, “ ... as someone new to fishing the Galveston area, I would appreciate it if you could identify some of the more popular and productive spots around Galveston to fish. I have a 19-foot center console boat and have tried with little luck fishing areas where I see other boats anchored. I have been launching at Galveston Bait and Tackle and any other spots close to that area would be easy for me to access.”

David’s question is one frequently asked, and, with the slow action on the fishing scene, this will be a good time to address his question.

Space limitations for this article do not allow us to cover every spot and before we start mentioning specific locations, I want to caution everyone that a lot of factors come in to play that affect fishing. Those factors can be addressed in subsequent articles.

Nearest to the bait camp are the causeway and railroad bridges. Both offer excellent year-round fishing during proper conditions. My preference of the two is the railroad bridge and the side you choose should be dictated by tidal flow. An outgoing tide favors the outside of the bridge while an incoming flow favors the inside, the area between the two bridges.

West Bay is nearby; however, that area needs to be addressed separately due to the numerous spots.

In Lower Galveston Bay, the Pelican Island Bridge is within easy range as is the mouth of Swan Lake. From the Pelican Island Bridge, the shore along the Texas A&M Galveston Campus is close, and farther down the Galveston Ship Channel, lies the Cedars, Seawolf Park and the area outside the wall of the yacht basin. All are good spots at various times of the year.

We will continue this discussion in the next edition of the Reel Report.

Capt. Joe Kent is a columnist for The Daily News. Report your catch to or call 409-683-5273.

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