The warmer weather setting in is attracting the attention of anglers.

The sudden appearance of sunshine has those on the job thinking about taking off and enjoying a day on the water.

Today, the beach water temperature still will be hovering around the 60 degree mark, which is colder than normal for this time of year.

While mid-March during most years represents the peak of the black drum run, this year’s colder-than-normal temperatures likely will result in the annual spawn running well into April.

The warming water during the next several days should ignite some good action from the big uglies.

The drum are here and scattered all around Lower Galveston Bay; however, the big, oversized fish are not being reported as much for this time of the month as in prior years.

This weekend, when large groups of fishermen hit the island, we should get a better indication of what size drum are out there.

We still are in prime time for catching large trout and there was an unconfirmed report of a 9-pound, 6-ounce speck landed by a wade fisherman who fished the west shoreline of Lower Galveston Bay between Dollar Point and Dickinson Bayou.

The fish was observed by a reader at the boat ramp below the state Highway 146 bridge spanning Dickinson Bayou.

The fish was caught early Tuesday, and there was no mention of bait.

Wind forecasts for the next several days look favorable for fishing the jetties, where lots of large sheepshead have been caught during windows of conditions that allow boats to safely make it to the granite rocks.

The North Jetty channel side is also an excellent spot for big drum and reds.

The beach front fishing piers and rock groins might be a good choice for fishing, depending on the shape of the surf.

Forecasts call for light to moderate winds, and that should make for excellent conditions.

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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