The first wave of spring breakers should be arriving today, and for the next two weeks students at all levels and their families will be enjoying a break from school. Fishing will be on the minds of a lot of our visitors, so let’s take a look at what the first week is shaping up to be.

A continuation of this winter’s pattern of one cold front after another is in the forecast for this week and, while not severely cold, temperatures in the 40s will prevent much of an increase in the beach water temperature.

Moderate to strong winds accompanying the cold fronts will play havoc on anglers desiring to fish the bays and jetties from boats. There will be windows of suitable conditions for fishing, and visitors this week should be prepared to take advantage of them if fishing is in your plans.

For anglers without boats, there are a number of fishing piers to enjoy, although the larger ones do require a fee to enter. For free fishing, the rock groins along the beach front can offer some good fishing this time of year, especially for black drum and sheepshead.

If the commercial piers are your choice, there are two along the beach front; the Galveston Fishing Pier off 91st Street, and the 61st Street Fishing Pier.

Seawolf Park has a large fishing pier and lately it has been an excellent spot for taking advantage of the black drum run that currently is in progress.

Across the channel is the Galveston Yacht Basin which opened its wall to fishermen. Recently flounder, black drum and sand trout were reported being caught along the wall.

The Texas City Dike always is a popular spot for fishing, and the catch there varies day by day. It, too, has been a good spot to find large black drum.

If you are new to coastal fishing and can afford a fishing guide, there are a good number of qualified guides operating around Galveston. One of the best sources for recommendations would be a bait camp near where you want to fish.

Pam Garner, operator of 3G Bait Camp at the Galveston Yacht Basin, called to say that their new restaurant, The Launch, is now open. The new facility features salads, burgers, sandwiches and other items and is located above the fish cleaning tables.

For information call 409-765-3088.

Speaking of restaurants that will prepare your catch, The Topwater Grill in San Leon, a longtime favorite of locals in that area, offers that service. The restaurant is located on April Fool Point.

Capt. Joe Kent is a columnist for The Daily News. To get your catch in the Reel Report, call 409-683-5273 or email

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