Each holiday weekend we get numerous inquiries from visitors asking how the fishing has been and what to expect during their stay on the island. The upcoming Easter weekend is no exception.

The first thing I tell springtime visitors is the weather tends to be the most erratic this time of year. The extended forecasts tend to have the least accuracy than during any other time. So, with that said, let’s take a look at what anglers should expect.

The unusually long winter this year has set the timetables back, as the water temperature still is swinging back and forth around the 70-degree reading. Normally, by mid-April, 75 degrees or higher is the average.

While small craft advisories were in effect Thursday morning, it appears the wind velocities will drop by today and run light to moderate for most of the weekend. That is good news for fishermen as April is the windiest month of the year along the Texas Gulf Coast.

The black drum run continues with the larger fish coming from the North Jetty, especially near the end of the rocks. Crab, both live and broken, is reported to be the bait of choice.

The jetties, both north and south, have been producing some nice-sized sheepshead along with reds of all sizes and black drum. If the water warms a few degrees above 70, there might be some action on a variety of other fish, especially jack crevalle.

Most years by now, the first ling of the season has been landed; however, this year, there have been no reports of ling being sighted or caught along the beach front or jetties.

Fishing guides have been catching trout in various parts of both East and West bays. Recent reports indicate trout have been feeding around the causeway area along both bridges.

Trophy trout season is still upon us, and the big wall-hangers are out there, just very elusive. Experienced trophy trout guides are focusing on late afternoon fishing when pursuing the big sows.

The good news for Easter weekend visitors is that the oil spill cleanup appears to be completed and all areas should be open for recreational enjoyment.

Capt. Joe Kent is a columnist for The Daily News. To get your catch in the Reel Report, call 409-683-5273 or email reel.report@galvnews.com.

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