The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department exercised its power to close fishing at certain locations during freeze events.

In the Galveston area, two locations were affected. Those areas are Moses Lake to the tide gate and all of Offatts Bayou east of marker 22. The marker referred to is on the Offatts Channel and is located east of the entrance to the Crash Basin.

The famous Blue Hole just off Moody Gardens is part of the closure. This is the first time the TPWD has exercised their option to close any of those areas and reflects their concerns over taking fish that have been stunned or have become sluggish from low water temperatures.

The closure runs through 10 p.m. Wednesday night.

While fishing appears to be out of the picture for several days, a good substitute will be the 63rd annual Houston Boat, Sport and Travel Show at NRG Arena in Houston.

The show is the largest indoor boat show in the United States and it kicks off Friday with a special ceremony honoring Hurricane Harvey boat heroes, who came forward and rescued thousands of Texans during the devastating floods brought on by the hurricane.

The show offers something for just about everyone. The show starts 1 p.m. Friday with the opening ceremony, with exhibits opening afterward.

The event runs for 10 days and admission is $5 for kids ages 6 to 12, $12 for anyone over 12, and children under age 5 are free.

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

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