Anglers frustrated with the erratic weather should not feel alone.

Monday, while waiting for roll call at jury duty, two different individuals approached me and asked when we could expect some decent weather for fishing.

My response? If they can find the answer to that pressing question please let me know as I, along with them, am getting a bad case of cabin fever while yearning for warmer weather.

Sunday was a nice day to get out; however, the water temperature still remained too cold for much in the way of action. Clear, sunny days are great for boating; however, usually they are not so good for catching fish.

Night action around lights has been the best bet for catching trout and reds lately. Reports from Jamaica Beach to the causeway indicate the fish are coming out of hiding to feed around lights that are attracting glass minnows and other small baitfish.

Kris King of Houston fished his uncle’s lighted dock at Jamaica Beach late Saturday night and caught several trout and two undersized reds using H&H Speck Rigs for bait.

Saturday night, there were a few fish caught off the pier next to the boat ramp on 61st Street. Sunny Yu reported he and two friends landed a good stringer of sand trout and black drum using dead shrimp and squid for bait. Yu said few bait camps were open late Saturday so the group had to leave after their bait was depleted.

An unconfirmed report from a caller told of good action on specks and reds at the Crash Basin on Sunday night. The bait of choice was purportedly live shrimp.

If the weather reports for today hold, it appears that we are in for no-fishing types of days through Wednesday.

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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