Peninsula anglers - reel in the bull reds
Written by Galveston County Daily News   
Saturday, 20 November 2004 19:35
Once again, the Bolivar Peninsula is a hot spot for fishing action, and this time it?s the all-everything bull redfish at the head of the list

Herbert Harris of Harris Fishing Pier near High Island (formerly Mecom?s Pier) reported that good numbers of bull redfish were decked from his pier during the day Friday. Harris said visiting anglers Norman Worthington and Alvin Townsend each decked bull redfish (released), adding that much of the action was on cut finger mullet, whiting or croaker.

Interestingly, the whiting and croaker used for bait Friday just happened to be the same ones that were caught from the pier during the day.

Harris also said he witnessed a surf angler reel in yet another bull redfish, and it, too, was set free. Some of the action took place at night under the pier?s new lighting system.

At the 61st Street Pier in Galveston, staffer Jay Wohleb said anglers caught "a mess" of bull redfish along with a mixture of whiting, sand trout, bull sharks, flounder and drum. Most of the action was on cut bait or squid.

On Thursday, Russell Smalley and Billy Ray of The Flatliners along with their dad, John Howard, caught 27 nice flounder to 4-plus pounds in the Galveston Ship Channel.

Harold Kotter welcomed a pair of bull redfish, one drum and a plethora of panfish (sand trout and whiting) to the business end of his line on the surf near the end of the island Seawall. All the bull redfish went for cut bait, while the panfish took fresh shrimp at will.

On the island?s east end, anglers Brad and Shawn ended up with a full limit apiece of decent-sized flounder to about 3 pounds. No other details were offered.

In tournament news, the first Tiki Island Flounder Tournament benefiting the Tiki Island police and fire departments is on tap today, and prizes will be offered for the top 10 flatfish entered in the new meet.

Also on the agenda will be an "early bird" drawing for a pair of binoculars, so get on the ball and sign up.

The entry fee is $5 per person, and free hot dogs, chips and drinks will be on hand for all participants. For more information on the tournament, call Vicki Pike at (409) 457-1489.

Also, the Best of the Best Plugger event is set for Dec. 4 at Pirates Beach and is expected to draw leading guides and amateurs from all across the Galveston Bay complex. The event can be fished with up to three people (with any combination of pros or amateurs).

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