nice catch

Ryland Laymance, grandson of David Laymance, with a 23-inch bass he caught from a drainage canal near the Painted Meadows neighborhood.

Improved conditions set in on Saturday, as an easterly wind began pushing water into the bays and gradually increasing the tide levels. I mention gradually, because very low water levels continued to persist Saturday afternoon.

The rising water levels likely will be short lived, as another cold front is on its way and by Monday northerly winds are expected to return.

Saturday, anglers hitting the water found trout moving out of the deeper holes and feeding. Gus Janek and Terry Masterson fished the Confederate Reef area of upper West Bay and landed eight trout using slow sinking soft plastics for bait.

Bulldog’s Bait Shop reported action on speckled trout at the Jamail Bay Park on 61st Street. Several anglers caught specks while fishing from the walkway, with live shrimp being the bait of choice.

Galveston Bait and Tackle reported several nice catches landing on their cleaning table. Mostly trout and reds were being cleaned, with the fish coming predominantly from West Bay.

Jerry Els and two friends fished the Drum Hole at the end of the Texas City Dike and landed two oversized black drum, along with several bull reds and six sand trout. Cut mullet was the bait, with only the sand trout and one red being retained.

Els said that one of the trout hit a chunk of cut mullet that was close to its size. The water is still cold, according to Els.

The recent spell of cold weather did take its toll on a few fish; however, so far no reports of any significant fish kills have been received. Galveston Bait and Tackle did report one of their customers finding a seven pound trout floating in Offatts Bayou and a few dead fish observed in the Sea Isle canals.

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

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