This season we are experiencing a real winter with conditions common decades ago that fishermen grew accustomed to after Thanksgiving. The beach water temperature is hovering just above 50 degrees, and that is cold for our area.

So far, we have dodged a fish-killing freeze and we all, especially trout anglers, are keeping our fingers crossed that we will avoid one this year. We are far from out of the woods although we have passed December, which has been the month for the worst freezes in the past 30 years.

It is not until we pass January and get well into February that anglers can give a sigh of relief. Hopefully, the long-range forecasts will conclude that none are likely in the next 30 days.

On the fishing scene, the low water levels and cold temperatures are combining to keep fishing action to a minimum. Obviously, that will change soon and let’s take a look at what a typical January brings in the way of fishing.

This is the month trophy trout hunters begin their pursuit of “Moby Trout,” that big fish that makes a great wall hanger. January through early March is the period for the big females to be caught.

Most trout in that category are taken by wade fishermen in shallower waters near shore and during periods of marginal daylight. This occurs early morning and late afternoon. The pros experienced at finding the trophies tend to favor late afternoon as the water usually is the warmest of the day and bait fish become active.

We will discuss some of the keys to catching that once-in-a-lifetime trout in an upcoming column.

This weekend presents a challenge for catching fish. Another cold front is due Sunday and another round of strong winds, cold temperatures and low water levels will take over.

If you are looking for something fishing related to do this weekend and plan to avoid the water, the Houston Boat Show, with all of its fishing exhibits, might be a good choice.

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

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