This weekend should see a decline in wind velocities; however, there is a trade off. Increasing chances of badly needed rain could interfere with plans to hit the water.

Surf fishermen likely will have to deal with patches of seaweed this weekend. While the sargassum is overall good for fishing, having to deal with it when fishing the surf can be frustrating, as popping corks keep getting caught in the floating patches.

Bay fishing is not nearly as affected, as the seaweed has only limited openings in which to enter the bays.

Friday was out for just about every form of fishing except possibly night fishing around lighted docks and piers. With the weekend crowd converging on Galveston on Saturday, there likely will be more pressure on night time fishing, as the surf and open bays have been too rough lately to fish.

There have been several reports of increased numbers of man-o’-wars along the beach front, and with the off-color water created by the rough surf, it is difficult to spot the blue devils as they often are called.

Should you encounter one and you become a victim of their sting, one remedy that has worked for years is to wash the whelps with alcohol and place meat tenderizer on it. The same remedy applies to other jellyfish stings as well.

Sunday looks promising, if the thunderstorms do not crop up early. Light winds are in the forecast and barring interference by rain, prospects look good. Hopefully the water will clear quickly once the velocities drop.

If offshore seas settle rapidly, then the Gulf likely will be a good place to fish, assuming safe weather.

Capt. Joe Kent

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

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