Summerlike weather continues and the fishing continues to reflect it. Today is Columbus Day and in the past this day usually signified the start of fall fishing.

For a number of years now, this day has not seen the fall fishing patterns set in. If I had to mark a holiday that now takes that acclaim, it would be Veterans Day on November 11. Yes, that is more than a month away; however, in recent years it has taken that long for the water temperatures to drop into the 60s and ignite flounder and trout to move.

Sunday, light winds held for most of the day creating some excellent conditions for boating and fishing.

The surf again was where a lot of action took place, especially for reds. An unconfirmed report was received of good flounder catches from the East End Lagoon and night fishing continues on course with the same excellent action that has taken place for weeks.

Alex Garcia fished the Bolivar Surf near the North Jetty early Sunday and landed two bull reds, five sharks up to close to four feet in length and numerous large hard heads. Cut mullet was the bait and all of the fish were released except for a 29-inch bull red that was tagged and retained.

Tommy Dewalt and his brother Dave fished the Galveston Channel near Seawolf Park Sunday morning and landed 33 sand trout, three mangrove snapper along with several lady fish, croaker and an undersized flounder. Dead shrimp was the bait.

The Galveston Yacht Basin is hosting a flounder tournament that began last Saturday and will run until January 1, 2018. The event is open to everyone including guides and is limited to the waters from High Island to Freeport.

Adults pay $20 to enter, while kids 4 to 13 pay only $5.

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

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