Brawner Report

Captain Bryan’s Fishing Report, 9-21-21

By Captain Bryan Brawner
We really were fortunate with limited flooding and damage from the hurricane. We did get a lot of water directly in the bay and north of the marshes which drain into the bay. Water is very fresh still but will recover for fall fishing! The mid week cold front will clear out the storm waters and hopefully bring in fall patterns! Reds are in the surf!

Captain Bryan’s Fishing Report, 9-14-21

By Captain Bryan Brawner
Galveston East Bay waters were returning to good conditions with nearly normal salinity levels and game fish slowly trickling back in along with some pods of bait. However, now we will just have to see what this storm brings us in the way of flood waters. At the time of writing, lots of water is forecasted. Keeper specks still are

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

Captain Bryan’s Fishing Report, 8-3-21

By Captain Bryan Brawner
No changes at all since the last report. It’s all at the jetties, West Galveston, and the Bolivar surf now. I’ll be off a couple weeks starting this week. I will resume reports around the end of August unless there is a major change. As usual, my class clients are encouraged to reach out for updates any time as we discussed.

Captain Bryan’s Fishing Report, 7-27-21

By Captain Bryan Brawner
We are still looking at challenging fishing conditions in Galveston East Bay due to the fresh water persisting in the bay with salinity content nil and water conditions bad on most days. You can see by the latest map that the salinity content of a good portion of the bay is at the lowest end of the scale. These conditions here and in Trinity Bay have pushed

Captain Bryan’s Fishing Report, 7-20-21

By Captain Bryan Brawner
There has not been a lot of change since last week’s report. Fishing is challenging in East Bay and will remain that way until fall probably. There are small schools of fish which are in scattered locations and specks concentrated on small areas of the south shoreline which waders can easily access. The salinity levels remain low throughout with

Captain Bryan’s Fishing Report, 7-13-21

By Captain Bryan Brawner
We have been very fortunate here to avoid the major flooding which has plagued the middle Texas coast. The weather has been unsettled with strong southwest winds ending the weekend but our salinity level is recovering and the fishing will get better on days where the water clarity is acceptable. Some healthy specks are spreading out

Captain Bryan’s Fishing Report, 7-6-21

By Captain Bryan Brawner
I am keeping my fingers crossed now as Galveston East Bay is slowly improving with healthier keeper size specks showing up in more locations. Stay Away Rain! As of the latest reading on Sunday, Lake Livingston spillway is releasing less than 15,000 cuft/sec of water into Trinity. This is a big improvement and will lead to gradual improvement in

Captain Bryan’s Fishing Report, 6-29-21

By Captain Bryan Brawner
Fishing in East Bay will remain challenging for a while with fresh dirty water conditions persisting for the foreseeable future. We have a repeat or worse of last year’s conditions. Specks can still be caught on the south shorelines early where bait is present and on southerly oyster reefs when there is any water clarity. If you can’t see

Captain Bryan’s Fishing Report, 6-22-21

By Captain Bryan Brawner
Most of last week was very tough in East Bay with water remaining fresh and the water clarity terrible throughout the bay. Some fish were being caught on live shrimp at the jetties and the surf was on fire for specks. When the winds finally turned favorable from the southeast toward the weekend, fishing did pick up some on the bay but most of the fish

Captain Bryan’s Fishing Report, 6-15-21

By Captain Bryan Brawner
The last couple of weeks, I took advantage of the foul weather, wind, and fresh water conditions to take a few days off for projects. I went back out this weekend scouting for next week’s trips and found most of East Bay very dirty with the salinity content near 0 at the top. Near the bottom, the salinity is remaining at survival levels for the southwest end

Captain Bryan’s Fishing Report, 6-8-21

By Captain Bryan Brawner
There are no major changes in East Bay fishing conditions. Fresh water patterns are here to stay for a few weeks now. Now that storms and holiday crowds are behind us for a little while, I will be back on the water more the coming week.

Captain Bryan’s Fishing Report, 6-1-21

By Captain Bryan Brawner
With all of the storms behind us at least for a while, fishing has really been picking up in Galveston East Bay. Enjoy it while it lasts. There is a flooding influx of fresh water coming down the Trinity River from the Lake Livingston spillway release. With Trinity Bay trashed, there will be a movement of fish south through the bay system which will

Captain Bryan’s Fishing Report, 5-18-21

By Captain Bryan Brawner
We are going to be looking at some fresh water conditions in part of the bay system for a few weeks now. Trinity will be knocked out and areas of East Bay will start to freshen up quickly. The Trinity River was already high with Lake Livingston spillway releases increasing through the end of the week. The Jetties and West Bay

Captain Bryan’s Fishing Report, 5-12-2021

By Captain Bryan Brawner
We have been able to scratch out a few hours on the water the last couple of weeks between wind and fronts. The bay recovers quickly and clears fairly soon after the winds die down as East Bay salinity levels are at normal levels. However, with the recent rains up north, Lake Livingston spillway water releases, and water levels high

Captain Bryan’s Fishing Report, 4-27-2021

By Captain Bryan Brawner
Wind , Wind, Wind…Go Away!
Now through the middle of June is usually some of the best times to catch speckled trout and reds on some of the main mid bay oyster reefs in Galveston East Bay . When the wind ever gets to a reasonable level and we get some consistent weather, drifting reefs keying on slicks with

Captain Bryan’s Fishing Report, 4-13-2021

By Captain Bryan Brawner
We are in an optimal weather pattern now for excellent fishing action now that the water has warmed up. As usual for Galveston Bay, the wind has blown out a lot of days but fish are active on some of the mid bay oyster reefs when you can get to them. The south shoreline areas and marsh areas are also good bets on high and incoming tides. Live shrimp

Captain Bryan’s Fishing Report, 3-30-2021

By Captain Bryan Brawner
Two fronts a week are the norm lately leaving limited windows to get out on the water. Hang in there because our weather pattern will stabilize and this year is shaping up for some of the best fishing conditions in years with salinity at normal levels in East Bay and bait fish plentiful. For those that have taken my class, expect the normal locations

Captain Bryan’s Fishing Report, 3-23-2021

By Captain Bryan Brawner
Spring can be kind of frustrating when trying to find a decent time to get out on the water with the fronts, north winds, low tides, and fog; all happening weekly. Timing trips right before a cold front can be a prime time to get out on the water for a good bite, but the weather usually leaves a short window for fishing and is favorable to those who mainly

Captain Bryan’s Fishing Report, 3-16-2021

By Captain Bryan Brawner
Barring any major flooding this spring, Galveston East Bay is in better shape than I have seen in a long time for this time of year. Salinity levels are normal for here and there is plentiful bait activity throughout the bay. We were very fortunate that the freeze damage was minimal for us, albeit there were fish kills in some areas. We still need to be

Captain Bryan’s Fishing Report, 3-2-2021

By Captain Bryan Brawner
Preliminary reports and observations still are positive for the health of Galveston East Bay after the freeze. There won’t be an official TPWD report for a while but fish are being caught in early spring spots by waders. However, there was definitely some damage to smaller bait fish and fry, etc. that will impact the overall fishery for a while. Thus, we will

Captain Bryan’s Fishing Report, 2-23-2021


By Captain Bryan Brawner
From preliminary reports at the time of writing, Galveston East Bay looks to have really dodged a bullet with the winter storm. I have had several reports along with the early scouting by Alan Hall and Jim which show no signs of dead fish of any kind on the shorelines. With the

Captain Bryan’s Fishing Report, 2-9-2021


By Captain Bryan Brawner
Fronts are hitting every few days now dragging out the winter low tide conditions. The windows of opportunity are the day or two right before the fronts with southerly winds and higher tides. It’s time for wading south shoreline shell with Corky’s and top waters.

Captain Bryan’s Fishing Report, 1-26-2021

By Captain Bryan Brawner
We have really been enjoying spring early the last several days with no cold temps on the long range forecast. Despite some fog, for most days water conditions have been improving on East Bay. Water temperatures are still cool but specks will be biting in a spring pattern around the south shoreline and marsh drain areas. One just has to

Captain Bryan’s Fishing Report, 1-5-2021

By Captain Bryan Brawner
I usually don’t post a report this early in January due to adverse weather and most are still catching up on projects and hunting . However, I am starting this year by working on some changes to improve my service for my clients and for my enjoyment also. I am constantly making additions to the content of my “On the Water class seminars“ and

Captain Bryan’s Fishing Report, 12-29-2020

By Captain Bryan Brawner
As we finally get to wrap up this year, I want to a give special shout out and thank you to all of my customers, clients , and friends who have made everything successful despite a challenging year. I am fortunate to have a profession where my clients become good friends! Despite some tough conditions coming off of months of flooding rains

Captain Bryan’s Fishing Report, 12-15-2020

By Captain Bryan Brawner
We are now in the winter weather patterns when everything is very hit and miss in Galveston East Bay. Daily changes in wind directions, fast temperature drops and low winter tide levels leave fishing windows of opportunity at a minimum. It’s a good time to catch up with projects so I will be doing some maintenance for a few days and hopefully

Captain Bryan’s Fishing Report, 12-1-2020

By Captain Bryan Brawner
We have had less than ideal weather for fishing charters the last few days. The stronger fronts which usually start this time of year are here and leave water levels very low and drop the water temps very fast into the 50’s. Shrimp are scarce in the bay and trout start keying on larger mullet. Using mullet imitations or larger baits like Gulps

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