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One of the first Jack Crevalles caught in the surf this year from the 61st Street Fishing Pier.


Each week for the past month, we have been dealing with the same weather pattern; a cold front moving through that temporarily sets fishing back with its strong north winds and colder temperatures.

Monday, yet another of those setbacks is forecast to hit our area. In recent cases, the effects did not linger as long as they did a month or so ago.

We will have to stop fishing for a couple of days; however, by midweek, conditions should again start improving.

Today looks like the best bet for action until later this week.

Wind velocity could be an issue; however, we will be dealing with southerly winds that offer more protected areas than winds from other directions.

Black drum continue to make the fishing news with a crop of larger fish hitting the jetties Saturday.

Anglers willing to deal with moderate winds found the big uglies all around the North Jetty and along the rocks near the U.S. Coast Guard Station.

Lee Evans and two companions landed three large black drum while fishing on the channel side of the North Jetty about 75 to 100 yards directly out from the boat cut. Broken crab and large squid were the baits.

The Fleener’s Flats area between the North and South jetties produced good-sized black drum in the 35- to 48-inch range for Gale Floyd and Jeff Jefferson.

The two anglers have fished that area for reds during late summer and fall for more than 30 years and this is their first time finding huge black drum there. The baits were live fingerling mullet and pieces of large fresh mullet.

Oscar Stone sent a note saying flounder fishing has been good on Chocolate Bayou near Liverpool. The flat fish have been caught in grassy areas along the bayou by anglers using live shrimp for bait.

Thursday, Capt. Jill Williams took 54 anglers aboard the party boat Capt. John to fishing grounds 55 miles offshore where full limits of red snapper to 19 pounds were caught along with 15 sharp nose sharks.

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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