Brawner Report

Captain Bryan’s Fishing Report, 8-2-22


By Captain Bryan Brawner
There are no big changes in East Bay now except that lots of good fish are starting to be caught under the birds in East Bay Best conditions in years! Enjoy! I will put a more updated report in a couple weeks when conditions change.

Captain Bryan’s Fishing Report, 7-12-22

By Captain Bryan Brawner
There is not a lot new going on in East Bay except the heat and westerly winds. Surf fishing time! Surf fishing early with gold spoons or spooks is usually a sure bet. You mainly need cleaner water when the wind is down for productive surf fishing. Watch for bait activity. Most of the time, anglers walk right past where the fish are,

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

By Captain Bryan Brawner
East Bay remains good with some of the best conditions in years. Fish can be caught on most mid bay reefs with tide movement keying on slicks and bait activity. The Bolivar beach front is excellent along with the beach front in Galveston west end. The only drawback now could be the excessive heat which will push the fish to

Captain Bryan’s Fishing Report, 6-7-22

By Captain Bryan Brawner
Right now you will find some of the best fishing of the year in Galveston East Bay. Water conditions are excellent and there are more windows of opportunity with lighter winds. Good catches of speckled trout are coming from most of the mid bay reef areas over shell. Hanna’s and Pepper reefs have had good reports this week. Keying on

Captain Bryan’s Fishing Report, 5-24-22

By Captain Bryan Brawner
As usual this time of year, the wind has been impacting where you can fish most days. One of the weather sites said that it has been one of the windiest springs on record. No rain though has left the salinity levels good throughout the system. As long as the salinity stays good, this is shaping up to finally be a decent year for Galveston

Captain Bryan’s Fishing Report, 4-26-22

By Captain Bryan Brawner
There are 2 major stories impacting the Galveston East Bay System this spring: wind and good salinity levels. The howling South winds are a given for spring, especially in East Bay. This makes a definite advantage for those that wade fish protected shorelines on high and incoming tides. As a lot of the area is experiencing drought, I think back

Captain Bryan’s Fishing Report, 3-15-22

By Captain Bryan Brawner
Fishing should really turn on good beginning this week with the spring breaks starting. Warmer weather patterns forecasted and higher tides will really improve East Bay conditions. As always, wading will be the best way to pick up quality speckled trout in early Spring. The shoreline and marsh areas east of Stingaree will start off

Captain Bryan’s Fishing Report, 2-15-22

By Captain Bryan Brawner
We finally had the cold weather and fronts which have flushed out the bay with extremely low tides several times. As we approach the end of February, fishing action on speckled trout and reds should pick up with the warm up and higher tide levels. I prefer later in the day with incoming or higher tides this time of year for fishing out

Captain Bryan’s Fishing Report, 12-28-21

By Captain Bryan Brawner
As we wrap up another good year, albeit a lot different, I would again like to thank all my clients, customers, and good friends which have contributed to making this a fun successful year. 2021 was a lot of the same with all of the wet weather but we still had some good trips and made some good friends.

Captain Bryan’s Fishing Report, 12-14-21

By Captain Bryan Brawner
There are really no changes in my report now as the weather pattern has remained stable. So the fishing conditions will revolve around the days between windy cold fronts. Reds are good on the beachfront and in marsh areas and canals on then east end of the bay. Wading is producing specks and reds on incoming tides around marsh

Captain Bryan’s Fishing Report, 11-23-21

By Captain Bryan Brawner
The fishing pattern will remain the same now through December unless we just have some unseasonably cold weather for several days. Fish will be under the birds working on the eastern end of the bay and along some of the north shoreline areas close to scattered shell. The main thing will be to key on active bait. Wading should

Captain Bryan’s Fishing Report, 11-9-21

By Captain Bryan Brawner
We are now in the pattern of getting at least one cold front a week which will last for a couple months. For the good days between fronts, not many changes to add for now. With cooler water temps and lower tides, fish will concentrate in deeper channels of marsh drain areas and around active bait and birds in the

Captain Bryan’s Fishing Report, 10-26-21

By Captain Bryan Brawner
Lots better catches are being reported from East Bay with jetties still producing big reds. Flounder are also being caught along south shoreline marsh areas, along the intracostal, and back in canals. Action under the birds will continue in the eastern end of the bay but there are still a lot of smaller trout and some gafftops. There are some

Captain Bryan’s Fishing Report, 10-12-21

By Captain Bryan Brawner
The bay’s salinity and clarity are looking real good now. The fall pattern is setting in and birds are starting to work throughout Galveston East Bay. We have our first real front arriving sometime this weekend so that should kick off some good fall fishing behind the front after the tide levels return to normal. Mostly small trout and catfish

Captain Bryan’s Fishing Report, 9-28-21

By Captain Bryan Brawner
With the first cold from of the season behind us, fishing is slowly returning to a normal fall pattern for East Bay. The low tides produced by the strong north winds flushed out the bay and marshes where good water was able to return bringing the bait and fish activity with it. Bird activity is now throughout the bay with some keeper specks

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

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