Fishing slow during transition


By Joe Kent


Published September 30, 2011


Fishing is really slow now and represents brief periods common during the transition month of September.

The early morning thunderstorms contributed to the slow action, and many guides cancelled out trips Thursday morning.

The moderate to strong southwest winds and near record heat experienced recently took its toll on the water conditions making for sandy water throughout most of the Galveston Bay Complex.

It appears we might have a break in the weather today; however, the light winds that are forecast early today are not predicted to last into the weekend. The bright side to all of this is that October begins Saturday and is considered by many anglers to be the best month for fishing.

We have some updates to pass on regarding the topic of pink dolphins that appeared in Thursday’s Reel Report. You recall a reader sent a note saying she spotted one in the Galveston Channel recently. Well, come to find out, they do exist and have been sighted in good numbers at Lake Calcasieu, south of Lake Charles, La. Two readers sent pictures of the rare dolphin taken in Lake Calcasieu and said the sightings had been a hot topic around Hackberry and Cameron.

We have a late report from last weekend that we missed adding to the fishing reports earlier this week. Vince Sergent, 8, was out fishing with his dad out of Crystal Beach on Sunday and caught lots of whiting, two specks and a large bull red. He and his father teamed up to land the big red, which was revived and released.

Anglers and friends of the Shriners Hospital for Children in Galveston mark your calendars for Oct. 15. That is the date for the West End Anglers third annual West Bay Redfish Showdown. All of the proceeds go to the Galveston hospital.

There will be two-person teams and the entry fee for each team is $140. Fishing guides are allowed to participate.

For those who are not interested in participating in the fishing, there will be live music from noon until 10 p.m. Raffles and a barbecue lunch will be part of the festivities.

All of this takes place at the West End Marina in Sea Isle on the west end of Galveston Island. Fishing begins at 6 a.m. and ends at 5 p.m. with weigh-in starting at 4 p.m.

For information and to register, check out the West End Anglers’ Web Site at or phone 713-594-4252.

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

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