Yet another cold front was making its way through Galveston on Thursday morning with moderate north winds and temperatures not quite as cold as its predecessors this year.

So, for the most part, the best fishing Thursday was taking place at the fishing show in Houston.

This presents an opportunity to share some notes from readers asking questions likely are on the minds of others.

Toby Prince of Huntsville asked about restaurants in Galveston that will cook your fish.

Prince fishes up and down the Texas Gulf Coast and finds that there are many restaurants along the middle and lower coast that advertise for fishermen to bring their catches and they will cook them.

This is a common question from visitors, and I have known of a few through the years, but most of those are no longer in business.

Any restaurants that provide this service locally must not advertise it.

Mark Hensley of Sealy sent a note asking about crabbing during March.

His family has rented a condo on the island’s West End for later this month and would like to catch some crabs.

Unfortunately, crabs like warm — very warm — water, and with the water temperature in the surf currently in the mid-50s, it is too cold for them to move in.

It is usually sometime in April before we see much in the way of crabbing begin to take place.

Raul Cervantes of Houston asked if Galveston’s party boats will be making offshore trips during spring break.

The answer is yes for practically all of them and, of course, the trips are subject to satisfactory weather.

March offers some of the most erratic weather of the year, and wind normally is a big issue this month.

If you are interested in an offshore trip, call ahead of time and check their schedules.

Most of the operations book up quickly during spring break.

Three of Galveston’s larger operations are Aqua Safari Charters, 409-762-5660; Galveston Party Boats, 409-763-5423; and Williams Party Boats, 409-762-8808.

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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