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Wow! How about this great weather we have been having lately. One reader summed it up by saying that it warmed his blood up for fishing. Not sure what that means; however, I assume it to be that it ignited an interest in wetting a line.

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Another warm, gorgeous day around Galveston on Wednesday and again, not much was taking place on the fishing scene.

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One of Galveston’s most popular offshore party boats, the New Buccaneer, owned and operated by Galveston Party Boats Inc., has recently undergone some major renovations to allow the boat to travel farther into the Gulf of Mexico.

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While fishing is certainly not in one of its better stages lately, there are some fair-to-good catches to report. One of the surprising things is that the two most dependable fish to be caught this time of year have not been listed in many of the reports lately.

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Throughout the years, I have had the unfortunate experience to read and hear of a number of tragic offshore events involving boats and the loss of lives. While investigations usually pinpointed the cause of the event, in many of those cases, poor judgment by the captain was cited in the conc…

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Saturday appears to offer the best conditions for fishing for several days. Mild-to-warm weather with light south winds are in the forecast. That is not a bad combination for fishing anytime of the year.

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Same song, second verse as we have heard all year long. Another cold front crossed the upper Texas Coast on Tuesday afternoon, and small craft advisories were in effect for coastal waters on Wednesday.

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Each Valentine’s Day I suggest giving your sweetheart a romantic trip fishing Galveston Bay. Unfortunately today does not appear to be a suitable day to be on the water or to fish.

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Warm, spring-like weather Sunday allowed Galveston’s weekend guests to enjoy outdoor activities, and fishing was among the popular choices. Among the fun things being enjoyed was crabbing.

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Saturday, I took time to visit with anglers fishing from shore. Among the stops was the new Jamail Bay Park on 61st Street. While going around and talking to the mix of anglers fishing from both sides of the cut into English Bayou, it brought back pleasant memories of my childhood when I fis…

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Not much was taking place on the fishing scene Friday; however, I expect some good reports from this weekend, as we should have some favorable conditions for fishing.

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The threat of a lionfish invasion in Texas coastal waters has a lot of readers concerned, especially those readers who fish offshore and include both recreational and commercial fishermen.

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While fishing has been slow around Galveston lately, mainly due to the wind, better conditions appear to be on the way. Wind velocities should drop by Friday, and with lighter winds, especially from the southeast as predicted, there should be another window of action coming up.

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Tuesday was a windy and warm day around Galveston. Wind velocities from the southwest at more than 20 knots kept most anglers off the water, and there were only a few who chose to fish from shore.

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Pleasant conditions for outdoor activities continue around the Galveston area. A moderate south to southeast wind added to the occasion, and while not much was taking place on the fishing scene, it is likely Monday would have been a good day for fishing.

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Pleasant conditions for outdoor activities continue around the Galveston area. A moderate south to southeast wind added to the occasion and, while not much was taking place on the fishing scene, it is likely Monday would have been a good day for fishing.

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What a difference a day makes! A wind shift to the southeast on Sunday ignited some action and the warmer weather helped bring out the anglers.

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It seems like we have been playing a broken record lately when it comes to the Reel Report. Only a few reports have been received and those indicate overall slow fishing around Galveston. The weather is not cooperating, and that is a big reason for the slow action.

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A chilling north wind gusting to over 20 knots greeted anglers Friday morning and while otherwise not a lot was taking place on the fishing scene, several good reports of sheepshead catches were received.

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Folks, our optimism for warm spring weather to quickly arrive received a setback on Thursday as Punxsutawney Phil, the official prognosticator of the length of winter woes, saw his shadow yesterday on Groundhog Day. 

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Unsettled weather continues to plague the fishing scene around Galveston, as we have a few days of nice conditions with southerly winds, which is then followed by another frontal system that drops the temperatures, shifts the wind to a northerly direction and disrupts fishing.

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Absolutely gorgeous weather set in on Monday, and while a light to moderate southwest wind continued to take its toll on fishing, other outdoor activities took up the slack.

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A moderate west wind continued to empty the bays and marshes of water, and my guess is that we are going to see close to record low water levels early this week.

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Very low water levels were the scene around the Galveston Bay Complex, and while we expected it, the norther that passed through Saturday would be considered the perfect frontal system for emptying the bays.

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Moderate to strong northerly winds continued to keep anglers off the water and it appears that this will be the situation for another day or two.

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Following Sunday’s high winds, water levels around Galveston dropped to levels about as low as it gets around here. That, combined with the high pressure that followed the frontal passage, sent fish into a dormant state.

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Today’s report is starting out with some good news for boaters, and that is the Causeway area debris removal project is now complete and the waterway under the bridges will be open again.

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Gale warnings are in effect for today, as winds anticipated to hit 35 knots and higher are forecast to accompany the latest cold front.

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Today likely will offer our best chances for fishing for several days. Light winds are in the forecast and that should give anglers an opportunity to hit their favorite fishing spots whether by boat or by land.

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We continue to address common questions from readers and, instead of readers asking the darndest questions, I want to relay a few that are good questions the answers to which may be of interest to other readers.

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Boaters along the Intracoastal Waterway have been dealing with the frustrations associated with the closure of the waterway around the Galveston Causeway and Railroad Bridges.

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Those of you in my age bracket should remember Art Linkletter’s book, “Kids Say the Darndest Things.” Well a similar book could be written titled, “Anglers Ask the Darndest Questions.”

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Mark McDavid, a frequent contributor to the Reel Report, summed up Monday’s fishing very well. He said, “Beautimus day on West Beach, little on the slow side, caught 20 whiting, enough for a fish fry. The only other fisherman I saw was a bird.”

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We have discussed the January doldrums and the fact that historically this is not one of the better months for saltwater fishing; however, we did not discuss freshwater.

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Foggy conditions, with a biting chill in the air, prevailed over the Galveston area Saturday causing the majority of fishing to take place from shore.

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Fog was the big problem on the fishing scene Friday and it looks as if it will repeat itself around the Galveston Bay Complex this weekend.

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Warmer weather is settling in around the Galveston Bay Complex; however, fishing continues to remain in the doldrums.

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Southeasterly breezes returned and the water is warming. This is good news for anglers, as the cold waters during the first week of January had fish sluggish and in deep water.

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January is a time when we keep a watchful eye on the weather forecasts much like September, but for different reasons. The late summer is when the concern is hurricanes and during winter, it is freezes.