We had some good news for pier fishermen Tuesday when it was learned that Austin Kimbrough, owner of the 61st Street Fishing Pier, has proclaimed the month of February Free Fishing Month.

From Monday to Wednesday each week during February, anyone can fish on the 61st Street Fishing Pier for free. All that you need to bring with you is your tackle, and you can keep all of the fish you catch within the regulations. Frozen bait is available at the pier store.

For information call 409-744-8365.

Tuesday, the surf around that pier was choppy, with a brisk, chilling wind out of the east and intermittent rain. This time of year, whiting and black drum are two of the more common fish caught; however, a few reds, especially bull reds, will make a showing as well.

In other fishing news, it seems the old adage of “same song, second verse” is appropriate, as the frontal systems are taking their toll on fishing. One of the few bright spots has been the Offatts Bayou area where lots of baits are working, and the predator fish are not far off.

Night fishing under lights has been the best method for catching fish, which generally have been reds and trout.

The weather forecast for the next few days is not going to encourage many anglers to hit the water. When will all of this cold, windy weather end?

Reel Report

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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