Brawner Report

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

Captain Bryan’s Fishing Report, 9-8-2020

By Captain Bryan Brawner
Galveston East Bay is in exceptionally good shape after dodging the bullet from the hurricane. There was a small tide surge but I think it helped the overall health of East Bay. Southwesterly winds were blowing hard for a good part of the following week but the winds turned from the northeast by Friday and the holiday weekend leaving the water

Captain Bryan’s Fishing Report, 8-25-2020

By Captain Bryan Brawner
I have taken my boat out for planned maintenance and upgrades. Due to the storm, I will delay putting it back at the boat slip. As of writing this report, it doesn’t seem likely that I will be back for several days. I will resume trips and reports as soon as we can safely return and get on the water. As long as there is no major flooding involved, the fishing should

Captain Bryan’s Fishing Report, 8-18-2020

By Captain Bryan Brawner
The speckled trout remain scattered but present on most East Bay reefs with no big concentration or schools anywhere yet. We have done a lot of running and mainly keyed on slicks around shell to get any keepers, with Down South Plastics working better than anything including shrimp. We conducted a couple of classes this week and as of

Captain Bryan’s Fishing Report, 8-11-2020

By Captain Bryan Brawner
This week we conducted a couple of our on the water classes along with regular fishing charters so we ran all ends of East Bay. The water in most of the bay had excellent water clarity and salinity. There was just not much bait activity or tidal movement with lower tides and the full moon. I did note some shrimp showing up in the back of the bay even though

Captain Bryan’s Fishing Report, 8-4-2020

By Captain Bryan Brawner
It’s getting time to start looking forward to switching gears and getting this summer behind us. Hunting seasons begin in just a few weeks and the best times for fishing Galveston East Bay will be here soon! Even though fresh water continued to deteriorate water conditions into early summer, now I think it is setting up to be an exceptional fall like we haven’t

Captain Bryan’s Fishing Report, 7-28-2020

By Captain Bryan Brawner
Despite some tough bay conditions we were able to put together a good box of decent size specks on the days we went out last week. The trout are active but scattered on mid bay reefs when the water is not dirty. Live shrimp under a popping cork have worked the best when they are available. The jetties and west bay have continued to be

Captain Bryan’s Fishing Report, 7-21-2020

By Captain Bryan Brawner

With strong persistent west winds we canceled and took off last week. We will return to running trips weather permitting this week and have a new report with updates next week.

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