For the first time in weeks, I am able to give a firsthand fishing report. Yes, Polly and I made it out Friday and the best thing about the whole trip was the outboard motor got a good workout after sitting up since before Christmas.

Conditions were not good for fishing, as very low water levels kept us in the channels and a gushing outgoing tide made fishing around the causeway area difficult.

We made it to areas along the Galveston Ship Channel and all we could muster were a few whiting. Normally those fish would have been tossed back; however, since it has been so long since fresh fish hit my cleaning table, those eight fillets sure sounded good and that is exactly what will be served for dinner Saturday evening.

The water temperature in the causeway area was in the low 60s, while along the Galveston Ship Channel readings did not even hit 60 degrees. In fact it was interesting that when we entered the channel after passing through the Pelican Island Bridge, a blast of cold air hit us.

It appears that we were a day late in fishing the causeway area and in particular the railroad bridge.

Capt. Billy Howell called in a report from Galveston Bait and Tackle where two groups found excellent action around the railroad bridge Thursday morning.

Brian Kelly and Alex Mitchell landed 11 specks to 18 inches, 10 sheepshead and a cooler full of sand trout, using live shrimp for bait. The anglers were back at the dock by 10:00 a.m.

Jeff Parker and Danny Parker caught 12 specks, nine sand trout and five sheepshead while fishing around the old bridge and again live shrimp was the bait.

Based on several reports the last few days, it appears that the causeway area and in particular the railroad bridge might be a good choice this weekend.

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

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