Captain Bryan’s Fishing Report, 8-24-21

By Captain Bryan Brawner
Galveston East Bay is now looking good and we are looking forward to a good fall season. The salinity has finally returned to reasonable levels in the majority of East Bay. There are some birds working around active bait and more keeper specks are showing up on some of the mid bay reefs. Even though the water is looking pretty good, the fish will be slower to trickle back into the bay as a big percentage of the population left earlier this summer as a function of survival. If we can avoid any major tropical flooding the next few weeks, bait should increase in the bay and we should be set up for a better than average fall fishing window.

Specks are still remaining in some of the deeper areas of the bay and chartreuse variations of Down South Lures worked slowly are working well. As for live bait, some have had some limited success with live croaker with tide movements. This weekend was more challenging with fewer reported catches as there were extra high tides due to the storm in the gulf.

Surf fishing remains good on calmer days with specks, flounder, and sharks still being good at the Bolivar beachfront.

For those that have taken my class, we are in late summer patterns with salinity returning to normal levels in the western end to mid-bay. Redfish are still in summer patterns as we discussed. Also, check out the summer areas that we stressed for drifting and birds. Don’t forget to ask for your included updates for bay and surf fishing before you go out.

Now is the best opportunity to invest your time in a private on the water class/seminar to be ready when fishing finally turns around into the fall. There are some days still open for reserved private on the water classes.

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This time of year we can run trips where the whole family can be successful with a large variety of fish. Email for questions and availability. Now is the time to book an East Bay Class with the prime fishing just around the corner.

For exact fishing locations and techniques, I am conducting one-on-one classes of the Galveston East Bay System. We will spend a half-day trip exploring that bay and the techniques and timing of fishing there. Bring your hand-held GPS and a map and note pad and I will further your knowledge of the bay and patterns for fishing in all of the seasons of the year. These classes include everything from locations to tackle and lure selection; thus have a lot of content. So, I limit them to 2 persons max at a time. Call 409-256-1265 for more information. We cover a lot of area and burn a lot of gas.

Text or call 409-256-1265 for availability of trips and to reserve your fishing adventure. You can also e-mail me [email protected] for updated fishing conditions and trip availability.

Check my website for prices and more information.

Captain Bryan Brawner

[August 24, 2021]

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