Today begins the annual Houston Fishing Show at the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston.

This is arguably the largest and most complete show devoted to fishing and fishermen in Texas. The latest in all types of fishing equipment from manufacturers around the world is displayed and demonstrated.

A large number of fishing guides from around the Galveston Bay Complex will be presenting seminars on various techniques that work for them and giving instructions on how and where to fish the complex.

There will be lots of displays and booths pertaining to all aspects of fishing and activities associated with the sport to browse through and a section on fishing boats.

Show hours are noon to 9 p.m. today through Friday, and 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday with the show closing at 6 p.m. Sunday.

Admission is $9 for adults and $2 for children.

Winter keeps dragging. While last weekend’s window of warmer weather gave optimism that spring is close, Tuesday’s winter weather set us back a notch or two.

The beach water temperature is in the upper 50s, which is low for this time of year.

Normally, we see readings close to the magic 70 degree-mark before March’s end.

Unless a mild heat wave takes place, chances are it will be April before we see the water reach that point.

When we mention the magic 70 degree-mark, it’s the water temperature anglers have looked forward to for years as a sign that fishing should be good all around the area, especially the surf.

While I welcome the day when the water temperature moves into the 70s, my experience has shown that a 75 degree or warmer reading is when action tends to bust wide open.

While some anglers wait for the 70s before starting their fishing year, there are a lot of fish caught while the thermometer is moving through the 60s.

It all goes back to the adage that the best time to go fishing is whenever you can.

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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