2012 Redfish Showdown Drawing & Auction

Fishing Accessories – Opportunity Drawing:

Blue Wave Boats – 2 fishing Shirts

Floatmaster- One (1) portable bait / wading system which includes tackle box, live bait bin, rod holders and more!

Salt Water Soul – Variety of apparel valued at $500

Bruce Vieau – Bud Light NFL Fridge

Capt. Galen Pruett – Granite Cutting Board & T-shirts

Trout Support DVD- Two (2) DVD Sets (Redfish DVD)

Texas Smokehouse Sauce – Three (3) Gift Baskets – Sauce, Rubs & a Koozie

Evans Marine – 100 hour outboard service ($550 value)

Grind Terminal Tackle – 12’ Stringer, Spike Sheath, Assorted Buggs and a Touts Wade Box

Baumann Propellers – Two (2) Gift Certificates for $150.00

Rita’s Italian Ice – Four (4) Quarts of Italian Ice, redeemable at Rita’s Italian Ice 61st ST & Seawall

BAAD Marine Supply – Pro-O2 Oxygen System & a Fishing Reel

Fishing Tackle Unlimited – $250 worth of products & fishing gear

Fish-N-Hunt – Lures & Assorted gear

Third Stone Software – Fisherman’s Analyst Software

StrikePro – Towels, Stickers, & Fishing Lures

Rods  (Opportunity Drawing / Auction)

Custom Coastal Rods (Allen Pierce) – Two (2) Bait Casting Rods

“TTU Wader” – Alex – One (1) Custom Rod

Shoal Patrol Custom Rods – One (1) Custom Rod

Big Daddy Custom Rods – One (1) Wading Rod & One (1) Heavy Spinner for Kings, Snapper etc.

Live Auction:

Texas Original Pits – Custom BBQ Pit

Redfish Capital – One (1) Kayak, Seat and a Paddle

Wildlife Portraits – Custom Wildlife Framed Print by Les McDonald

Trips (Live Auction Items)

Capt. Glenn Stevens – ½ Day Guided Fishing Trip (2 people)

Capt. Greg Francis – ½ Day Guided Fishing Trip (3 people)

Notorious Guide Service – Capt. Thomas Barlow – ½ Day guided fishing trip (max 2 people) sight casting to reds

Capt. Steve Soule – The Shallowist – 2 People ½ day Guided Fishing Trip

Kaylin Barlow – Donated Trip for 1 person on a poling skiff

Capt. Craig Lambert – 4 people ½ day fishing trip

Moody Gardens – Overnight stay at the Moody Gardens hotel


FishWestEnd would like to thank all of our sponsors


Texas Outdoors Journal

Hookset Marine Gear

BAAD Marine Supply

Saltwater Assault Guide Service

Breakwater Marine Electronics

Trout Support

Texas Smokehouse Sauce


Grind Terminal Tackle

Redfish Capital Management

Daley’s Hunt N Fish

Gator-Tail Outboards, LLC

Coastal Guide Service

ANDCO Construction

Baumann Props

Chickenboy Lures

Custom Coastal Rods

Evans Marine

Plash Lights – LED Supplier

Johnny’s Trailer Repair

Underwater Green Lights

Waterloo Rods

Castaway Rods

Fish N Hunt

Casting Tales Fishing Charters


South Texas Boat Works


Some of our past supporters

Lutes Marine

Billy StiX Custom Rods

Big Nasty Bait Co.

High Tech Marine

Capt. Mike O’Dell

Hook1 Kayak Gear

Texas Tackle Factory

Fischer Angling – Reel Repair

Shoal Patrol

J Hardgrave Marine

Reel Crazy Apparel

Boat Lift Distributors

Texas Original Pits

Friends / Organizations & Tournaments




Gulf Coast Trout Series

Galveston Redfish Series

Tails & Tunes

Texas Swordfish Seminar

Charitable Organizations we support:

Gary J Lynn Foundation

Texana Children’s Center for Autism

The Fischer House

Shriners Hospitals for Children – Galveston



Fly-Fishing 101


Fly-Fishing 101

Fly-Casting Essentials

By Captain Steve Soule’


Here it is another month gone by and it’s time for another installment of “long rod lunacy”. I’m going to take the big challenge this month of describing with words something that is difficult to explain and teach even when you’re standing next to someone with a fly-rod in hand I’m going to run through the “Essentials of Fly-Casting” in the order that I teach them to a beginning caster. The terminology and statements are taken from the booklet written by my good friend Captain Bill Gammel and it has been adopted and used by the Federation of Fly-Fishers as the foundation for teaching. This booklet is the most concise and informative tool that I’ve ever encountered for learning and mastering fly-casting. The booklet is available through the federation for a mere two dollars. You can contact me for information on obtaining a copy.

So you’re ready for the first attempts al casting, you’ve got your new rig all set up and you’re ready to cast. You’ve seen it on TV, in movies, maybe even watched a casting demonstration. It doesn’t look all that hard, more graceful or elegant, to watch the fly line “loop” unroll off the tip of the rod. It really isn’t, given the right instruction and a little basic understanding of how it works. I talked last month about rod actions, now I need to add a few new technical terms to our vocabulary. First of all, we need to understand” rod loading”. A rod “loads”(bends or stores energy) by the force being exerted upon it. With conventional gear we use weights or lures to accomplish this, with a fly-rod it is the weight of the foreword section of the line or the “head” that helps to load the rod. The other important term is the “loop” which is formed during a well-executed cast. Generally speaking, a tighter “loop” is better because the casting energy is directed more efficiently towards the target.

On to the casting, keeping in mind that initially we will work only with the casting hand, in other words no “hauling” or “double hauling” until we’re proficient at the basic casting stroke. The first essential element involved is that slack line must be kept to an absolute minimum at all times during the cast. I’ll give a few quick examples; before beginning each cast the rod tip should be near or touching the ground so that there is no slack between the tip and the ground. During the cast, the line between the lowest guide and the reel must be controlled so that it won’t slip or allow slack in the cast. The other example falls into the next essential so we’ll refer back to it then. What we need to remember here is that the goal in fly-casting is to move the fly to the target, and before we can move the fly we must move all of the line from the rod tip down to the fly. Why does slack matter you ask, because all slack line must be removed before the remainder of the line can move and in casting and in doing so potential casting stroke is always lost.

Essential number two says: there must be a pause at the end of each casting stroke, which varies in duration with the amount of line beyond the rod tip. This one sounds simple and basically it is. The reason for the pause is that the line needs time to straighten at the end of each cast before the next cast can be made. The amount of time for straightening is greater when casting with a longer amount line and conversely shorter when using less line. The reference back to the slack line issue here is that unless the line is allowed to straighten between each casting stroke it acts much like starting a cast with slack line. It works like this, you make a back cast and don’t pause long enough before making your foreword cast, the first part of your foreword casting stroke must essentially pull the slack line straight before you can effectively begin moving the line foreword. The tell tale sign of this casting error is hearing the line “pop” as you begin the casing stroke. It helps many casters early on, to watch both foreword and back casts until the sense of timing and feel for line straightening is developed.

The third essential states; In order to form the most efficient loop the Rod tip must move through a straight-line path. Again this sounds fairly simple, and again it is, but to understand it completely we must understand and account for the “rod loading”. I said earlier that the rod loads from the weight of the fly line and the force exerted on the rod. To put this into perspective, the casting hand actually moves through a slight arcing motion but as the “rod loads” the tip flexes in the opposite direction of the cast and therefore travels along a straighter plane when compared to the casting hand. Here’s an important point; a fly rod is designed to cast a fly line by “loading” and “unloading”. A fly-casters job is to create “load” in the rod by applying power and then “unload” it by stopping the casting movement in a crisp or sharp manner with the rod tip pointed toward the target. This is how the “loop” is created and controls the shape and size of it as well. If the rod tip moves through a convex or outward curving arc the loop will expand. If it moves through a concave or inward curving arc the loop will grow tighter. It can and will become too tight if the arc becomes concave and this is how a tailing loop occurs.

Essential number four says: the length of the casting stroke must vary with the length of line being cast. This works much like the pauses from essential number two. The best way I know to explain it is that the fly rod acts as the lever to propel the fly line and to cast more line you must use more of the lever. This can be seen very easily when casting with only twenty feet of line the cast can be made efficiently with a very short stroke where the casting hand may move only one foot. When casting longer distances of line say sixty feet the casting strike must be lengthened to two to two and a half feet. Keep in mind that what maters here is how far the rod tip moves not the casting hand, so there are ways to lengthen the stroke without overexerting yourself.

The final essential refers to power application; Power must be applied in the appropriate amount and at the appropriate time during the casting stroke. This one is often difficult to master. and is the cause of many problems especially for those who have spent a lifetime casting conventional tackle. Here’s how to apply power at the proper time; power application should be smooth and gradually increase through the casting stroke to the maximum necessary speed for the given cast. At the end of the stroke the casting hand must come to a “crisp” stop at the point where the rod tip is directed toward the target and will allow for a level trajectory of the line. This casting motion will generate both rod “loading” and “unloading” and create a tight efficient loop.

Obviously there’s much more to be said about fly-casting but it would take up more space than FishWestEnd.com would probably want to donate to me. I hope that you find this information helpful in your quest and if you have any questions feel free to give me a call. Until next time, just try to keep those loops tight.


Captain Steve.

2012 Important Dates

Please note our 2012 Schedule of Events

January 28, 2012 – 3rd Annual West Bay Big Trout

March 24, 2012 – 2012 Charity Cook Off

April 28, 2012 – Blackjack Tournament

July 7, 2012 – SLAM Tournament

October 27, 2012Redfish Showdown

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 www.fishwestend.com 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 reel.report(at)galvnews.com. There’s no charge for this service.

Redfish Raffle


Saltwater Assault Guide Service
Captain Greg Francis with Saltwater Assault Guide Service will take you & friend on a trophy trout trip. Use your brand new Charlie's Custom Rod (included) to land that trophy trout!

Coastal Guide Service
Captain Glenn Stevens will host you and your party for a day on the water in Galveston Bay.

Flounder Gigging & Overnight Trip
You and a friend will hit the secret gigging spots of top flounder expert Bert “2112” Flores. He will show you what it’s like to stalk the flat fish in style and come home a winner. Before and after your trip you will stay at Sandy Law’s (Coachlaw) private cabin on Titlum Tatlum bayou known as Blockade Runners. So before and after your trip, pull up a rocking chair, kick back on the porch, enjoy genuine Cajun cooking, and see if you can catch a few trout under the lights…this will be a night you will never forget!

Tackle & Gear

HookSet Marine Gear – Wading Boxes, Stringers, Belts, & Gear

Breakwater Marine Electronics – Chart Points – load your GPS up with these proven spots 

Texas Tackle Factory – T.B.D. – Tal is putting together a great raffle item.

Fish-N-Hunt – Collection of Buggs Lures

Grind Terminal Tackle – Wade boxes & Stringers

Rockport Rattler – Jig heads and koozies

Fishing Tackle Unlimited – Complete Wade Fishing Setup with Rod & Reel

Billy StiX Custom Spiral Rod – Custom Spiral Rod by Billy McDaniel.

(2) Trout Support DVD – Find out what you have been missing, watching this DVD will have you catching more quality fish in no time!

BAAD Marine Supply & Pro-O2 Systems – Complete oxygen system to keep your fish alive!

Coastal Custom Rods – Allen Pierce has donated a one of a kind custom redfish rod!

Pro-O2 Systems – Complete oxygen system to help keep your fish or bait alive.

Around the Home

Texas Smokehouse Sauce – Gift baskets for the everyday cook! Also the sauce being used for the BBQ Plate Lunch / Dinner

Texas Original Pits
-Custom 36” Fire pit – Perfect for the patio or the camp
-BBQ Grill / Smoker with temperature gauge – Great to show off those backyard BBQ skills

Custom Furniture Maker Victor Martinez – COOLER
Beat the Texas heat! Victor Martinez has graciously donated one of his custom designed wood encased coolers. If you ever need to keep drinks cool why not keep them cool in grand fashion. Add that “old time” Texas beer cooler look to your back porch. These coolers not only keep your items cold for days but they do it in style…Texas style!

Dinners & Retreats

Dinner at Salt Grass Steakhouse for 2!

Spa Day at San Luis

Sponsor List

3rd Annual West Bay Redfish Showdown

Sponsor List


Texas Smokehouse Sauce
In addition to donating all the sauce for our BBQ dinners, how about you take some of Texas Smokehouse Sauce home with you! Texas Smokehouse Sauce is an old style Texas traditional BBQ sauce with a grande smokehouse flavor. It is hands down a competitive sauce for the everyday cook! So take home some of what you need to create the smoky sweet flavor the best BBQ you have ever made.

Saltwater Assault Guide Service with Charlie’s Custom Rods
Go find the wall hanger trout you’ve been looking for with one of Galveston’s premier large speckled trout guides, Captain Greg Fancis. Not only will the winner receive a trophy trout trip for two…how about you go fishing with your new custom trout fishing rod designed exclusively by Charlie’s Custom Rods. This is a whale of a deal!

Landry’s Salt Grass Steakhouse
Come sit down and enjoy some of the best Texas food on the island. Salt Grass Steakhouse invites you to enjoy a dinner for two! Pat’s Ribeye, Silverstar Porterhouse and Maudeen’s Center Cut Filet await you, and don’t forget the Two-Fork Cheese Cake and Shiner Bock Beer Bread, served warm with honey butter. Come enjoy the great food and legendary hospitality at the one and only Landry’s Salt Grass Steakhouse.

Coastal Guide Service
Captain Glen Stevens will host you and your party for a day on the water in West Galveston Bay. Whether it be slamming ‘em at the jetties or stalking ‘em on the flats, Capt. Glen looks forward to putting you on the fish! 

Hook Set Marine Gear
It’s time to get out of the boat and “go get ‘em!” Hook Set Marine Gear has donated two sets of top of the line wade fishing equipment to make sure you have what you need in order to limit up!

Trout Support DVD 
These instructional DVD’s will help you learn the tactics the pros use when chasing speckled trout so you too can “Catch a Limit!”

The Spa San Luis at the San Luis Resort 
For the ladies! Spend a day being pampered by the best of the best at the Spa San Luis. Package includes manicure, pedicure, facial, and massage!

Texas Original Pits
Custom 36” Fire pit and a BBQ Grill / Smoker with temperature gauge.

Pro-O2 Systems
Pro-O2 Systems has donated a complete oxygen system. Fish breathe too… Keep your fish or bait live!

Big Nasty Bait Company 
Has donated 100 lures as door prizes / captains bag items.

Breakwater Marine Electronics
Five (5) certificates for 250+ Fishing Spots for your GPS. Breakwater is your source for marine electronics!

Texas Tackle Factory
Texas Tackle Factory will be donating some items for the raffle.

Fish-N-Hunt will be donating some gear & Buggs kits for the raffle.

Texas Outdoors Journal
Every entry gets the latest edition of Texas Outdoors Journal!

Grind Terminal Tackle
Grind Terminal Tackle has donated 4 wade boxes and 4 stringers.

Rockport Rattler
Rockport Rattler has donated a number of jig heads for the Side Pot and Raffle and also numerous koozies for the captains bags

Jay Cohen – DWI Attorney
www.RefuseDWItests.com – FishWestEnd would like to thank Mr. Cohen for his assistance & support with this tournament.

Custom Furniture Maker Victor Martinez
Beat the Texas heat! Fish West End’s own Victor Martinez has graciously donated one of his custom designed wood encased coolers. If you ever need to keep drinks cool why not keep them cool in grand fashion. Add that “old time” Texas beer cooler look to your back porch. These coolers not only keep your items cold for days but they do it in style…Texas style!

Flounder Gigging Overnight Trip
You and a friend will hit the secret gigging spots of Fish West End’s top flounder expert Bert “2112” Flores. He will show you what it’s like to stalk the flat fish in style and come home a winner. Before and after your trip you will stay at Sandy Law’s private cabin on Titlum Tatlum bayou known as Blockade Runners So before and after your trip, pull up a rocking chair, kick back on the porch, enjoy genuine Cajun cooking, and see if you can catch a few trout under the lights…this will be a night you will never forget.

Fishing Tackle Unlimited 
FTU has donated a complete wading belt, stringer & wade box. To sweeten the deal & get you out on the water they have thrown in a Shimano Caenan & Rod

BillyStix Custom Spiral Rod
Billy has donated a custom spiral rod to be raffled off at the tournament.

Boat Workz 
Roy Perry with Boat Workz will be creating the custom trophies. These trophies are all handmade by Roy.

West End Marina & Bar
We cannot thank the fine folks at the West End Marina enough for allowing us a venue to hold this event.

2011 Blackjack Slam Results



Published July 11, 2011

The big news ….



The West End Anglers Fishing Club held its Blackjack Slam Tournament on Saturday. The results were:

Kids Division

1. Joseph Schmidt

2. Cade Robinson

3. Chase Poole

4. Olivia Dykes

5. Elizabeth Rodriguez

Adult Division Blackjack


1 Leo Carrasco, 21 inches

2. Jonathan Wilson, 203/4 inches

3. Joe Pena, 193/4 inches


1. Albert Rathmell, 207/8 inches

2. Keith Kole, 203/4 inches

3. Roberta Lopis, 203/4 inches


1. David Newton, 173/4 inches

2. Allen Pierce, 157/8 inches

3. Lucas Gray, 153/4 inches

Heavy Stringer

1. Team Carrasco, 22.3 pounds

2. Solid Platinum, 21.0 pounds

3. Team Oreo, 19.8 pounds

4. Team Notorious, 19.8 pounds

5. Xtreme Ladies, 17.8 pounds

Trout hitting across bay complex


Published July 7, 2011

While the big news on the fishing scene is all of the outstanding catches during the past several days, the really big news is that a likely CCA-Texas Star Fishing Tournament-leading trout was caught in West Bay on Wednesday.

Moe Carpenter, a member of the West End Anglers Fishing Club, caught a 9-pound, 3-ounce speckled trout while wade fishing West Bay early Wednesday morning. The big fish hit a Bone Super Spook Jr.

Carpenter transported his fish to GYB Bait camp at the yacht basin, one of the official tournament weigh-in stations, and had it weighed by Raymond Berry, an experienced weigh master and the operator of GYB. If all goes well, Carpenter will take the lead in the Upper Texas Coast big trout category. Fortunately, Carpenter was entered in the Star Fishing Tournament. West Bay obviously holds some trophy trout.

In other news in the area, lots of quality specks are being taken in Upper West Bay in and around Starvation Cove and the Confederate Reef Triangle. Most of the guides fishing the area have been keeping their results close to the vest.

West Bay is not the only bay producing trout. Reports from all around the Galveston Bay complex indicate action has busted wide open.

Wednesday, I was back at the jetties, this time with Brandon Rowan, from Bay Area Houston Magazine. Rowan limited out on trout to 19 inches and caught a nice flounder and large black drum as well. While most of the action came from the channel side of the North Jetty boat cut, part of the catch came from the Bolivar Gas Wells, where the water finally has turned green and trout are biting.

Manny Lyons, Bait By Hillman on Dickinson Bayou, reported excellent catches coming from all around his area. Matt and Scotty Lyons fished near the floodgates at Texas City and returned with limits of both trout and reds.

While not many reports of trout action have been received from the beach front lately, big sharks are making the news at the 61st Street Fishing Pier. Mike Wodecki reported a 7-foot shark being landed at the fishing pier Tuesday night.

Offshore waters continue to be in ideal condition for the Mosquito Fleet to make runs to the platforms and wells, commonly called rigs, that dot the horizon beyond the jetties. Tuesday, Mark Moore, of Crockett, and two family members fished a rig 19 miles south of the jetties and caught a full limit of kings, two legal red snapper among lots of throwbacks, 12 large spadefish and several pilot fish.

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