Thursday, the wind was not the big problem with fishing; however, the cold temperatures were. When thermometer readings are in the 40s, it does not take much wind velocity to make it miserable to be on the water.

Fortunately we are not dealing with any freezing temperatures (yet) and hopefully the next cold front, which will greet us around New Year’s, won’t change that statement.

Monday, the forecasts calls for a very light freeze, with the temperature hitting 31 degrees for a short time then warming up. Those types of freezes do little damage to our stocks of fish; however, if the mercury falls much below that, there could be problems.

So for now, the fish should be in good shape; however, anglers need to avoid the water with the very cold conditions combined with strong northerly winds.

Saturday looks to offer a window of tolerable conditions, although not what I would tolerate. We could see a prefrontal bite taking place then, as a strong cold front is not far away. If you make it out Saturday, keep a keen eye on conditions and don’t venture too far into the open bays or Gulf of Mexico waters.

Often during periods like this, sand trout and gulf trout are in a feeding frenzy. One of my best days on sand trout came in late January one year while fishing the gulf side of the North Jetty. A cold front was on its way; however, that day temperatures were pushing 70 degrees and the sandies were hitting just about anything thrown their way.

The next afternoon the cold front hit dropping temperatures into the 40s, with a strong wind pushing the front across the coast into the Gulf.

Capt. Joe Kent is a columnist for The Daily News. Report your catch to or call 409-683-5273.

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