November is behind us and now we enter the month that often has some of the coldest weather of the year. December has the reputation of having the worst freezes and, over the past 40 years, most of the major fish-killing freezes have taken place during the last half of the month.

Soon we will be getting an update on the long range weather for the remainder of December and January.

Thursday started out as a great day for fishing, with a light to moderate north wind cooling things off. By late morning, the velocities were running over 15 knots, making it a bit uncomfortable with the cool temperatures.

Fish continued to bite despite the wind. Early Thursday, the north shoreline of East Bay was red hot with action. Waders using an assortment of baits were taking good numbers of specks along with scattered slot reds.

Mack Moore and Jarvis Tohill were in the water early along the north shore and found a large school of trout feeding. Tossing Norton Sand Eels, DOA’s and Maniac Mullets, the anglers from Anahuac landed 16 specks to over four pounds and four slot reds.

Flounder continued to run along the Galveston Ship Channel, with some of the largest fish of the year being caught. J.L. Able of Galveston landed an 8.4 pound flounder while fishing from the rocks near the Galveston Ferry Landing. Able praises for a nearby angler who used his large landing net to bring in the fish. A New Penny Gulf was the bait.

The weekend outlook is good, with light to moderate winds in the forecast. If conditions hold, look for lots of activity around the Galveston Ship Channel and especially around Seawolf Park.

Speck action has been good in the area of the causeway and that should continue through the weekend.

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

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