Moderate to strong easterly winds continue to hamper most fishing efforts; however, anglers willing to tolerate bumpy seas offshore continue to bring in the fish.

Around the beachfront and jetties, bull reds are keeping anglers happy with action.

Capt. Jaime Cantu made both inshore and offshore trips last weekend. His offshore venture was 40 miles out where he described the water as Hawaiian Blue. 

His catch resulted in Dorado, kings, Spanish mackerel, big sharks and red snapper that were released. His guests were the Corbet family from near Dallas.

His inshore trip with the Fields family from Santa Fe resulted in bull reds and large black drum. Cut shad, mullet, sand trout and live shrimp were the baits employed.

Jetty Joe, Galveston Bait and Tackle, reported a big catch from Capt. John Havens and his customers, the Rudy Mingh party of three.

Fishing over heavy shell in West Bay, their catch included 15 trout and 12 reds. Live croaker was the bait. We assume that only nine reds were retained.

The party boat Capt. John made offshore trips both days last weekend with Sunday’s trip including 54 anglers to a spot 20 miles southeast of the jetties.

Before cutting the trip short and returning to the jetties, they managed to get sharks, spadefish, gafftop, Gulf trout and bluefish in the fish box.

The stop at the jetties resulted in 14 bull reds that were tagged and retained.

Sea Center Texas, the fish hatchery and aquarium at Lake Jackson, is holding one of its three open days for fishing called Kids Fish on Saturday. 

The event runs from 9 a.m. until 11 a.m. and is catch and release only. Kids need to furnish their own tackle and bait. 

A parent or guardian must accompany the children. The location is 300 Medical Drive, Lake Jackson, and the phone number is 979-292-0100.

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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