Sunday there was not a lot going on as far as fishing was concerned. Dickens Weekend and football combined to take the attention of anglers away from the water.

Sunday’s Full Moon likely will signify the beginning of a downturn in flounder activity as the large flatfish have been moving consistently through the pathways to the Gulf of Mexico.

This week, at least through Thursday does not look good for fishing as miserable weather is forecast to hit early in the week. Cold temperatures, rain and wind are predicted to keep outdoor activities to a minimum.

The upcoming cold front could be the Swan Song for this year’s flounder run.

Once conditions settle trout action should resume as shrimp are moving in the bays and close behind are specks chasing them to the surface. This all points to some potentially good bird action in the bays.

Upper West Bay historically has been a winter retreat for trout and while we are still in the Fall season, action on specks in this area tends to take off about now.

Reports from Trinity Bay indicate that trout are schooling and this could be a good bet for anglers later this week. Trinity Bay usually produces some nice stringers of trout and reds following Thanksgiving.

While it is a bit early to think about trophy trout, it will not be long before conditions are ripe to go after that wall-hanger. We will be addressing this in more detail toward the end of December.

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

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