Thursday morning the action was on until soon after the cold front hit. Not many anglers were on the water; however, those that were out early scored well.

The Texas City Dike appears to be the place for the big drum. Wednesday afternoon and again Thursday morning the big brutes were hitting a variety of baits.

Lannie Garcia was one of the anglers cashing in on the action. Garcia fished the Texas City Channel side of the dike near the end and hooked up with three of the big drum, losing two and landing one. Cut shad was the bait.

Garcia pointed out that I seem to never mention shad as one of the top baits for drum or reds and that his experience has shown that he does better on both when using fresh cut shad.

I must admit that it was an oversight on my part, as I do recognize shad as a top bait for just about any bottom feeding fish. Some of the largest red snapper I have caught have been on shad.

Thursday afternoon Willis Tatum fished the Drum Hole at the end of the Texas City Dike and had two hook ups with large fish that he assumes were black drum. Tatum said that large reds also frequent the area and it is possible they were big reds.

Unfortunately, the fish broke the leaders before getting them close enough to identify. Cut whiting was the bait.

Jim Landers was one of the anglers fishing the Galveston Ship Channel early Thursday. Landers and his fishing friend Mack Moore were anchored near the end of the channel by the U.S. Coast Guard Station early and landed a large black drum, four sheepshead and a 16-inch flounder using cut bait. The action lasted until the wind picked up around 9:30 a.m.

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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