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Fishing Update - Captain Bryan Brawner,, 409-256-1265

November 10, 2016

I finally have all my boat repairs and maintenance completed and fishing has been fair at the best. Usually this time of year we are catching lots of larger flounder in most of the regular flounder haunts around the East Bay system. However this fall, either the flounder are gone like the specks or are still scattered in the bay with the warmer than normal weather. We will know in a couple of weeks if we get any type of real cool off or cold front. Mainly redfish are being caught in the bay under scattered birds and mud boils. A few smaller specks are also being caught along with the reds. Most keeper specks will be caught wading up close to the grass on the high tides late in the evening. There are also lots of gulf sand trout holding on deeper oyster reefs and under birds. These can be lots of fun and constant action especially if you have kids or someone new to fishing.

My overtime days have been cut back so wind permitting and starting next week, I am going to be running a few weekday trips and classes until the end of the year so I plan to update my report here more often now.

September 28, 2016
It has been a great opportunity to be able to guide full time from Bolivar Peninsula since 1997 and I was fortunate to be able to "live the dream" during the prime years of my life. It's time now to move on to a different path and do the best I can there. I have met lots of great folks over the years, many of which I will always call my friend. Even with the deteriorating fishing conditions in East Bay, we were able to wrap it up with some hard fought, great catches, and have had some very successful wounded vet and kid trips with Texas Boys Outdoors.

I am taking my boat out for repairs and maintenance/upgrades so I may not have a report for several weeks. No one needs reports any more anyway since everyone that buys a new boat is a "guide" now. :)

I am cutting back my operations in Crystal Beach until next year and assessing different options. However, I will still run some trips for established clients that I know on weekdays and still offer on the water class/seminars as my work schedule allows. I will not run trips or be on Crystal Beach on weekends and I am not offering gift certificates now but will be running trips for, and honoring the few that are out and not expired.

As soon as we get some cooler weather, fishing should improve on the reefs on the east part of the bay. Now there are sporadic birds from Smith Point and along the north shoreline. The redfish bite has been good back in marsh lake areas and marsh drains on gold spoons and Down South plastics.

Thanks, Captain Bryan Brawner

 Captain Bryan Brawner 409-256-1265,


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. Classes start at 500.00 and are conducted in my boat on the water at the actual locations. We cover a lot of area and burn a lot of gas.

Call 409-256-1265 for availability of trips and to reserve your fishing adventure. Check my website for prices and more information. You can also e-mail me for updated fishing conditions and trip availability.

Captain Bryan Brawner 409-256-1265,
Captain Bryan Brawner 409-256-1265,
Captain Bryan Brawner 409-256-1265,
Captain Bryan Brawner 409-256-1265,
Captain Bryan Brawner 409-256-1265,
Captain Bryan Brawner 409-256-1265,

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