Conditions approaching the first big holiday weekend of the summer give a little concern for how well the fishing will be. Last weekend, a number of boats battled sloppy conditions to head offshore only to find the water off-color up to 40 miles out.

Capt. Don O’Neal of Sea Play Sports Fishing was among them and found the fishing on the slow side, unless you were interested in sharks and they seemed to be everywhere. His group landed a few kings while two ling broke off at the boat.

Several reports came, including one from Capt. O’Neal, about the off-color, choppy conditions at the jetties; however, lots of reds and trout are stacked around the rocks.

Galveston Yacht Basin reported lots of fish being brought in from the jetties and Galveston Bait and Tackle also had their cleaning table filled with lots of jetty trout and reds.

You may recall that we have discussed on many occasions how trout pushed out of Trinity and Upper Galveston Bays by heavy flood waters will head toward the passes where a better mix salinity can be found.

This is currently happening and also look for the surf to turn on with action by these same fish once the wind settles enough for anglers to fish the beachfront. It is early to make any predictions for this weekend; however, we will continue to monitor the situation and give you updates.

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

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