Living on the waterfront here in Galveston definitely has its advantages.

Saturday afternoon, while sitting in the backyard listening to the pleasant sounds of bands in the distance marching in the parades, I noticed a sudden change in conditions as the wind dropped and the water started calming. Schools of bait fish were jumping, indicating predators on the chase.

It was just too much to not take advantage of, so I quickly loaded up and headed out for what turned out to be a great hour of fishing. Using speck jigs in yellow and white, five nice specks were quickly caught and a large slot red was lost as I tried to lift it into the boat. Bad decision on the red, as I knew the landing net was needed.

What I experienced was another pre-frontal bite and as the Marti Gras Celebrations were in full swing, I was happily cleaning a mess of fish.

There was another interesting report on the fishing scene. A tarpon was reported caught in Galveston Bay by Tomas Rodriguez. The fish measured 34 inches, and we presume it was released, as tarpon are a catch and release fish with one exception. A silver king over 85 inches may be retained as a possibility for a new state record on tarpon.

There was no mention of what part of the bay the fish came from or what bait was used.

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

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