Today, winter begins with the shortest day of the year. While we rarely get much in the way of fishing reports on Dec. 21, there is one thing that I do like about this day. It is the end of the southerly journey of the sun, and on Friday the northerly run will begin.

Although it will be a while before we start noticing any increase in daylight hours, at least the sun is headed in the right direction.

Wednesday was a beautiful day around Galveston; however, few anglers were taking advantage of the nice conditions. That was unfortunate, as it appears that unsettled weather will be back with us by early weekend.

We did have one fishing report and it came from Dennis Highsmith who fished under the lights of his dock on Tiki Island. Using speck jigs and curly tailed Gulps, Highsmith landed six keeper specks and six nice-sized sand trout. Two undersized reds made up the remainder of the action.

Morris Tomlinson sent a note in response to our recent article about gift suggestions for anglers. The Texas City resident said that he could not agree more about discouraging the purchase of tackle, especially rods and reels for anglers. When he read the statement about a family member giving an angler, who fishes the surf, heavy duty offshore tackle it reminded him of his gift many years ago.

Tomlinson said that he asked for trout fishing equipment and an aunt purchased it for him as a Christmas gift. Unfortunately, it was mountain stream tackle from a mail order dealer in Nebraska. It turned out to be such an obstacle to try to return it that he kept it and eventually gave it to his grandson.

One suggestion that several readers sent in was that of a gift certificate for a guided fishing trip with a professional guide.

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

(1) comment

Gary Miller

Amen! Best fishing gift of my life was a Offshore trip with a good guide. What I learned on that trip was worth more than all other gifts combined. Worst was a reel I never put on a rod. I once suggested I'd like a 7000 Mitchel. I now have three.

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