How does this year’s black drum run compare to other years?

It appears to me that action has been slower this year, especially for the larger, oversized fish.

Capt. Mike Williams, Tarpon Express Guide Service, has his observations on this year’s event as well.

Williams said the 2014 spring break time period for drum fishing will go down in the record books as more of a walk than a run.

He based his conclusion on his drum fishing experiences for the last 60 years.

The problem he feels is that this winter just would not let go, with more cold fronts than usual. He does expect action to improve during windows of warming conditions as we head into April.

The largest black drum of the year for Williams was taken last Sunday just before a wind shift to the north.

The big fish was estimated to weigh more than 55 pounds and was caught by Oren Meyer of Houston.

The largest black drum reported this year also was caught last weekend. It was a 70-pounder landed by John Willis.

In other fishing news, Jeremiah at The Fish Spot on Moses Lake reported fishing has been good in that body of water.

The flood gates were closed last weekend to prevent oil from entering into Moses Lake. Trout in particular are hitting well around the lake.

The Fish Spot now offers to prepare your catch as long as you filet the fish. The cost is $5, and hush puppies and fries come with the meal. Hamburgers are one of the specialties of the restaurant.

Jason Reuter, Aunt Margie’s Bait Camp, reported a nice catch of two 4-pound reds and three keeper black drum by Kevin McCullom.

The catch took place on the bay side of 12 Mile Road using dead shrimp for bait.

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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