Crabbing and night fishing are the bright spots on the inshore scene, while offshore fishing continues to produce the most fish.
Crabbing continues to outpace fishing during the morning, with good numbers of large blue crab being taken from waters ranging from just more than a foot in depth to 5 feet. Crabs likely are in deeper waters; however, those crabbing with conventional crab lines and dip nets are limited on where they can drop their lines.
Most of the better reports have come from inlets and canals on Bolivar Peninsula and along Dickinson Bayou and Dickinson Bay.
Herman Bastrop and his family did their crabbing along the edges of Dickinson Bay in San Leon and literally loaded a wash tub with crab. Most were male blue crabs; however, there were a number of large females in the mix.
Jerry Samson got into some nice stone crabs around the docks of one of the bait camps in Bolivar. Samson used crab traps baited with fish heads from the cleaning table. Several blue crabs were mixed in, but there were mainly stone crabs.
Samson said several of the stone crabs appeared to have already been caught and released as the right claw was being regenerated and small.
Perry Philmon reported excellent trout action around 3:30 a.m. off his dock at Tiki Island. None of the fish were more than 17 inches in length, and he released a number of undersized trout. Live shrimp was the bait.
Arnold Greenburg and Seth Wallace fished underwater green lights in Cold Pass on Monday night and caught five reds, two specks and several sand trout. Live fingerling mullet and speck jigs were the baits.
Monday, Theresa Banuelos hosted Daniel Trieff from St. Paul, Minn., and his friend Vincent to an offshore trip on the party boat Capt. John. Both young men limited on red snapper and kings while Daniel added a 38-inch ling to their catch.
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