Today, perfect conditions are coming together to offer an excellent opportunity to catch trophy trout.

Capt. Mike Williams, Tarpon Express Guide Service, has studied the movement of big trout for more than 50 years and sent a note saying that today would likely offer the best conditions of the year to catch a wall-hanger trout.

Williams said it is his observation that today’s incoming tide will present a pre-frontal window that will be the best time of the entire year to catch a state-record trout.

The time, tide and window are perfect for finding that huge fish roaming the shoreline.

While the factors look to jell today, the big hiccup could be early morning fog.

As of late afternoon Monday, the National Weather Service had a Dense Fog Advisory in effect until noon today.

A strong cold front is approaching the Upper Texas Coast and will bring high winds and colder temperatures through mid-week.

Light winds are forecast for today, so good luck if you are one of the trophy hunters on the water today, and don’t forget to let us know how you fared.

In other fishing news, Richard Belleau reported bull reds, whiting and sheepshead being caught at the 61st Street Fishing Pier.

Gum Bayou, near the FM 517 Bridge, has been producing some good catches lately.

George Alger and his wife Ginny fished from a friend’s boat dock near the bridge and landed black drum, sheepshead, whiting and an undersized flounder.

Fresh dead shrimp was the bait.

After the next cold front passes, warmer weather should be setting in and, with the resulting warmer water, fish should start moving.

Anglers interested in catching an offshore size fish inshore need to get geared up for the drum run that is underway.

In two to three weeks, the peak of the run will hit and black drum in the 25- to 50-pound range will be common.

Keep in mind that drum longer than 30 inches in length are catch-and-release only.

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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