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Fishing Forecast

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Bolivar: GOOD. 80 degrees. The surf is holding numbers of black drum, shark, and some big redfish on cut bait or live bait on the bottom. The gulfside of the North Jetty is holding limits of trout, redfish, sheepshead with an occasional bull redfish against the rocks with live shrimp with popping cork. The cuts leading in the bay from ICW holding redfish against shorelines by the rocks. Lots of black drum around Goat Island. Report provided by Captain Raymond Wheatley, Tail Spotter Guide Service LLC.

Trinity Bay: GOOD. 76 degrees. Birds are working over schools of speckled trout in the northern end of the bay. Numbers of bull redfish being caught in the open bay under diving birds. The bays north of the Fred Hartman Bridge giving up decent numbers of speckled trout. Best bite on live shrimp. Rocks along the channel in this area are good for redfish and black drum. Best bite on live shrimp under corks. Report by Captain David Dillman, Galveston Bay Charter Fishing.

East Galveston Bay: FAIR. 73-77 degrees. Calm winds have allowed the anglers to chase schools of trout under working birds. Those drifting deeper reefs are finding scattered trout and redfish. Shorelines have been better for redfish and flounder near drains on the outgoing tide. Report by Captain David Dillman, Galveston Bay Charter. Surface water temperature 73 degrees, water clarity good for the most part. Fishing continues to improve in East Galveston Bay with cooler air and water temperatures due to the mild front that pushed through and good tide movement over the past week. We were able to fish near and off the shore reefs this week, and both areas produced great catches of trout, redfish and a few black drum on our artificial trips. We also fished flats around pinch points with current and nervous bait, with great success, when the wind did not cooperate with us. Marker 54 Glide Shrimp with Fish Smack popping corks with 12-18 inch leaders, and live shrimp are producing continuous bites for anglers. Until next time! Report by Captain Jeff Brandon, Get the Net Guide Services, LLC. The gas wells are holding some drum. Lil Hanna’s Reef is holding some trout on popping cork with live shrimp. Siever’s and Stingaree’s Cuts are holding fish against the shorelines entering the bay with live shrimp under a popping cork with 12-16 inches on the leader. Hanna’s Reef, Potluck Reef, Fat Pat’s are all holding fish early. Keep a watch on the birds and the restless bait. The big Poppa Pure Pearl DSL is working early in the day. Report provided by Captain Raymond Wheatley, Tail Spotter Guide Service LLC.

Galveston Bay: FAIR. 76 degrees. Calm conditions have allowed the anglers to fish the gas wells. Scattered catches of speckled trout, redfish, sand trout, and black drum have been reported. Live shrimp under corks or fished on the bottom working best. Shorelines near Eagle Point produce fair numbers of trout, the occasional redfish and a few flounder. Rock groins along the channel holding black drum and sheepshead. Live shrimp under corks working best. Report by Captain David Dillman, Galveston Bay Charter Fishing. The surf is red hot on fire from East Beach all the way to Surfside for speckled trout, redfish and an occasional shark on live bait. Sheepshead on popping cork with live shrimp, or on the bottom with live shrimp at the wells. The A-1 gas wells off the ship channel near Brothel Island are holding some nice trout with a chatterweight and croaker. Redfish at rocks by Brothel Island on popping cork with shrimp or gulp shrimp. The speckled trout are on shrimp and artificials. The South Jetty is holding some big redfish with a few nice slots, and sharks on the end. Gulf side of the jetties is on fire for speckled trout, sheepshead and redfish close to rocks on a popping cork with live bait free-lined shrimp, or Carolina rigged float with shrimp, or chatter weight and croaker. Report provided by Captain Raymond Wheatley, Tail Spotter Guide Service LLC.

West Galveston Bay: GOOD. 76 degrees. Flounder bite has been good in the back lakes. Those fishing open water catching fair numbers of speckled trout and redfish, either drifting over shell or chasing working birds. Report by Captain David Dillman, Galveston Bay Charter Fishing. West Bay’s South Shore holding a lot of speckled trout and redfish for wade angler and those drift fishing around the coves and grass lines from Waterman’s to Bay Harbor using a chatterweight 12 inch fluorocarbon leader 3/0 k hook. Both sides of Bird Island holding fish Bird Island flats still holding good numbers of speckled trout, and good numbers of redfish for wade anglers. North shorelines between Carancahua Reef and Confederate Reef holding good trout and redfish with an occasional flounder drifting. The off pole A to D poles with a chatterweight, croaker or popping cork with shrimp. The rocks at the opening of Chocolate Bayou, holding some nice fish on both sides. Report provided by Captain Raymond Wheatley, Tail Spotter Guide Service LLC.

Houston: FAIR. Water slightly stained; 73 degrees; 0.94 feet below pool. Catfish are good on live or cut bait. Crappie are fair on submerged structures in 10-20 feet of water with small jigs. Bass are fair on topwaters and edge of structure with flukes and crankbaits.

Texas City: FAIR. 76 degrees. Galveston jetties are productive for bull redfish and slot redfish. SeaWolf Park and the S.S. Selma Concrete Ship producing fair numbers of bull redfish. Flounder bite is steady in the Galveston channel. A few trout catches near the jetties, along with keeper size black drum. Report by Captain David Dillman, Galveston Bay Charter Fishing. The rock shoals in front of Swan Lake producing some speckled trout under popping cork with shrimp. Trout in the guts between the shoals. The shoreline across from the right side of the dike behind the barges holding nice trout and flounder with artificial or live bait. Mosquito Island holding trout with an occasional redfish on artificial bone color working the best. Moses Lake is holding some redfish near the gun range, and rocks in front of the deep hole passed the three islands. Report provided by Captain Raymond Wheatley, Tail Spotter Guide Service LLC.

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