Fishing action turning on this week

Published November 19, 2008

Reports from weekend fishing trips indicated mixed results. Several reports indicated slow action, while a few anglers reported nice catches.

Sunday was the better of the two days for fishing and, based on a single report from Monday, it appears the action is turning on this week.

Fred Monus headed to the North Jetty boat cut Sunday and found good action on large sheepshead and reds. Live mud minnows were his choice of bait.

Rick Wegman and Opa Miller fished Back Bay potholes and bayous using a variety of baits. Their catch included seven specks and seven flounder. Miller feels the flounder will hang around as long as there are good quantities of bait available for consumption.

Chuck Pattillo and his friend fished Dickinson Bayou from the state Highway 146 bridge to the mouth of the bay. Using live and dead shrimp for bait, the anglers managed 14 keeper black drum, sand trout and two reds.

Ted Dudley and John Triplett were two of the anglers fishing Sunday afternoon. They wade fished an area in the vicinity of Pelican Island and caught and released a number of fish. Dudley reported the Sunday sunset to be one of the most beautiful he had seen.

David “Action” Jackson hosted Charlie Flores, John Spiech and Spiech’s son, John Jr., to the best flounder fishing trip they had ever experienced. The action took place Sunday morning, and their catch was 25 flounder to six pounds.

Monday afternoon, Capt. Ben Wiley, Capt. Ben’s Coastal Guide Service, fished with friends Capt. Chad Hartman and Mickey Kearney. The three pros hit upper West Bay and caught trout at every location they fished.

Although they limited out on trout, they released at least 60. In addition to the trout, Wiley’s group landed nine flounder to 5 pounds. The fish were hitting a variety of baits including Gulp Jigs, Rattle Traps, stick baits and Stanley Wedge Tail Jigs.

Lute’s Marine held its final tournament of the year Saturday. The event was designed to supply live flounder for the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department’s flounder restocking program. Twenty-six live flounder were hauled away to Sea Center Texas where they will be used as part of the reproduction effort to hatch new stocks of flounder.

The West End Anglers’ Club helped with the weigh-in during the tournament and provided other assistance as well.

To get your catch in the Reel Report, phone Capt. Joe Kent at 409-683-5273, or send an e-mail to There’s no charge for this service.


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