This year’s colder-than -normal winter, at least compared to recent years, seems to have delayed the movement of fish.

An example: It’s almost trophy trout season, but where are the big fish? Is it that the fish are not here or is it that anglers seeking that wall-hanger have been kept off the water because all of the cold, windy weather?

Capt. Mike Williams, Tarpon Express Guide Service, sent a note that shared his experiences and observations on the big trout. He has been on the fishing scene around the Galveston Bay Complex for more than 50 years and has kept records of his catches and circumstances affecting the fishing.

It is his observation that the best time to catch a record-sized trout is when the pear trees are in bloom. Williams said that in a normal year, the trees bloom from about Feb. 22 to March 1.

He thinks this year, we are having a more normal winter and the magical pear trees of spring will be right on the money. If so, get the waders out, oil up the reels and hit the popular spots for holding the big sows.

On the fishing scene Tuesday, Capt. Jimmy Garner, who operates 3-G Bait and Tackle at the Galveston Yacht Basin and a fishing guide service, had one of his captains return from a successful trip with 15 large sheepshead, three big black drum and some slot reds.

Garner said if you can get out of the wind, there are fish to be caught.

Wednesday was another of those days that has become frequent lately that a roaring fire indoors took precedence over being on the water.

That will not last long and, hopefully, the pear trees will start blooming soon.

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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