Captain Bryan’s Fishing Report, August 2023

Captain Bryan BrawnerBy Captain Bryan Brawner
With no end in sight for the summer conditions, fishing has remained somewhat challenging for Galveston East Bay. The surf has shined as the bright spot for fishing with lots of good trout and reds being caught while surf fishing from Galveston west beachfront to the Bolivar Flats. Early and late have been good with gold spoons and mirror lures getting the larger fish. Some are being caught on live bait when you can get it but it is hard to keep it alive even with the best live bait tank set ups. Schools of tarpon have been spotted lately around 400 yds off of the beachfront and sharks are plentiful and eager to hit a big cut bait or croaker! For East Bay, full moon conditions bring a better bite right before sun up and mid day to early afternoon. Concentrate on areas of better water flow like the points at the entrance of Seivers-Bolivar Yacht Basin area and the island points in front of Stingaree. These areas are good early, late and at the start of tide movements. Live shrimp under a cork works great if you can get them. Reefs like Little Hannas and Pepper Reefs are also producing some smaller fish early. Also, a good area to target are the deeper gas wells from the front of Seivers to the point of Bolivar area. Fish close to the bottom there with free lined shrimp with enough split shot weight to get it down with stronger currents.

It is getting close to the time now when birds will be working some in the bay. This action will start west of Hannas and Bull Shoals in deeper water and move east as water conditions warrant. By the time a few fronts reach the coast, the bird action will start kicking off by early September.

Galveston Bay Report from Captain Steve Brown (713) 724-9939: West Bay is holding fish on the south shore line with results better wading than drifting. The surf is holding a few fish but lots of sharks willing to give a good fight! Lots of smaller fish are being caught in West bay drifting over shell with live bait , but again lots of sharks! Wading the north shoreline of west bay with croaker is still doing pretty good. There are lots of small fish in the bays right now and schools of reds along rocks and in marsh entrance areas.

For my long time local clients, save the traffic and headaches of going across the ferry and fighting the crowds. Take the short drive on backroads to Lake Conroe for some of the best eating fish in Texas. Lake Conroe is one of the cleanest lakes and has never had an advisory on eating fish. Even the blue cats are delicious!

Something is always biting. We target hybrids, bass, crappie and catfish. Check my website for specials throughout next year. I update it regularly. There is always something to catch year round here!

Captain Bryan Brawner
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