The new year is starting on a cold note and it appears that the first half of this month is going to be colder than normal.

Looking back at 2017, it was overall a good year for fishing. Hurricane Harvey was the only hiccup on the weather scene and it did have a prolonged effect on fishing, as floodwaters freshened the bays and slowed fishing in most areas.

The winter trophy trout season, which usually runs through April, produced some nice-sized specks; however, there were no reports of any record breakers being caught.

The late winter/early spring black drum run was on par with recent years, as a lot of the “big uglies” were caught and released from mid February through April.

The spring of 2017 saw our typical fishing patterns, as trout, reds and other fish came alive with activity as the water warmed.

The highlight of the summer offshore fishing was the extended red snapper season that was spread out over weekends.

When Hurricane Harvey hit in late August, fishing patterns began changing with all of the fresh water inundating the Galveston Bay Complex.

Later in the fall, anglers began getting concerned about the annual flounder run, as poor results were shown well into November. Close to Thanksgiving that all changed, as the run was on with some of the best quality flounder being caught in years.

This is a pattern we have seen for several years now and avid flounder fishermen should make note of the delayed run and look to late November as the time for action.

While many parts of Galveston Bay saw little activity on speckled trout following the hurricane, Lower Galveston Bay, East and West Bays along with the surf produced good numbers of the prized game fish.

If we can avoid a disaster such as heavy floods, severe freezes, red tides or hurricanes, 2018 should be a great year for fishing and hopefully catching.

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

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