Brawner Report

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 fish population finally recovering after seasons of fresh water, this is great news that even the smaller bait fish mostly survived the frigid waters. I am cautiously optimistic on the early reports and just hope there are not a lot of dead fish on the bottom that could float up this week due to our lower salinity. Some dead fish on the bottom have been seen around the Tiki area.

Hopefully after the passage of the next couple of mild fronts, the water levels will return to normal. I think the lower than normal tides this year probably saved some fish because they had already moved to deeper, warmer water. I will post an update on my Facebook page and here as I get reliable reports.

We start running quite a bit in a couple of weeks. There are a few openings at the end of March and into April. I also have some April weekend openings for 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

[February 23, 2021]

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

Captain Bryan’s Fishing Report, 11-24-2020

By Captain Bryan Brawner
Persistent easterly winds and some lower tide levels have made fishing a little more challenging this week but we had some great trips! Thanksgiving week also has 3 frontal passages forecasted so we will be lucky to get in the trips that we already have booked. Fishing is a lot better at the beginning of outgoing tides and during

Captain Bryan’s Fishing Report, 11-17-2020

By Captain Bryan Brawner
We are finally having an excellent fall fishing season after several years of dealing with too much fresh water from floods . East bay is in great shape and full of shrimp and mullet with salinity levels at optimum levels. Right now, fish are plentiful under birds and around marsh drain areas. Flounder are in their usual spots but not as many

Captain Bryan’s Fishing Report, 11-10-2020

By Captain Bryan Brawner
This coming weekend we have another stronger cool front coming down which will bring some low tide levels and less than ideal fishing conditions for a couple of days. We have to be a little flexible and time our trips around the best tide times and winds. At the beginning of tide movements brings some of the best bites, especially around

Captain Bryan’s Fishing Report, 11-3-2020

By Captain Bryan Brawner
Fall is finally here in East Bay now with the first major frontal passage. Water temperature dropped 10 degrees real fast and we had the first low water advisory of the season. Even though this kept us off the water for a few trips and set back fishing conditions for the short term, we needed this to kick start some fall action through December. With the

Captain Bryan’s Fishing Report, 10-27-2020

By Captain Bryan Brawner
Although we are in one of my favorite times of the year to fish, the weather conditions have us timing our trips between fronts and good tidal movements in order to be successful. Afternoons have produced better fishing and water conditions. The bait is plentiful which has kept the action going all over the bay from marsh areas to

Captain Bryan’s Fishing Report, 10-13-2020

By Captain Bryan Brawner
Everything was back to normal quickly on East Bay with the high storm tides actually helping the water conditions. Speckled trout are present on most mid bay reefs with soft plastics worked slowly over shell working the best, especially when the tide is weak. Birds are working some through the bay now with more keepers showing up under

Captain Bryan’s Fishing Report, 10-6-2020

By Captain Bryan Brawner
We have had a couple of fronts and northeast winds for the last week. Another surge/ high tide event is now coming for the end of the week. Not many changes now but stay tuned! We will eventually get to fall conditions.

Captain Bryan’s Fishing Report, 9-29-2020

By Captain Bryan Brawner
Since the storm surge, high waters have receded quickly. With everything cleaned up, I have had the opportunity to go out for a couple of afternoons to scout East Bay. The water has excellent clarity and salinity and there was active bait throughout the bay. Birds are beginning to work some in mid bay although there are tons of gafftops

Captain Bryan’s Fishing Report, 9-22-2020

By Captain Bryan Brawner
It looks like we will miss any lasting negative changes in East Bay from this latest storm. I expect the waters to be in good shape by next week. I’ll post a report after I’m back on the water next week. I now have an opening for an on the water class this weekend.

Captain Bryan’s Fishing Report, 9-15-2020

By Captain Bryan Brawner
Galveston East Bay conditions are continuing to improve each day now although we have rescheduled some trips due to some strong NE winds. I will take it though as this is an ideal pattern for this time of year! Fish are in a good late summer/early fall pattern with some birds working sporadically in the

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