Hurricane season still is alive and well, as another tropical depression has formed in the southwest Caribbean and has its sights on the Gulf of Mexico. Fortunately most meteorologists, including The Daily News’ weather expert Stan Blasyk, feel that it will head east of Galveston and have little effect on our weather.

As we all know, that could change; however, for now, the Galveston area does not look to be threatened.

On the fishing scene, strong winds and high tide levels took their toll on fishing again Wednesday. The remainder of this week looks good and especially the upcoming weekend.

With the flushing effect of the high tide levels and Gulf water entering the bays, salinity levels should continue to improve. This weekend could be a good one for specks, as conditions seem favorable for trout to start schooling in the bays.

Our only fishing report on Wednesday came from Howard Martin, who, along with his wife Brenda, fished a protected area of Moses Lake near the marina. Using cut mullet and peeled dead shrimp for bait, they landed three flounder from 15 to 18 inches in length along with five croaker, a rat red and a large stingray. The red and the stingray were released.

Carl Andrews sent a note asking about mangrove snapper. He has read several reports mentioning the popular fish and asked if it is not unusual to be catching them in the bays.

It certainly is not unusual to catch mangroves, especially in light of the warm waters we have been experiencing lately.

Mangrove snapper, also known as gray snapper, are very sensitive to cold temperatures and are among the first fish to die off during freeze events along the coast.

There are no size or bag limits on mangroves in Texas; however, that could change if the populations of the tasty fish continue to grow in our inshore waters.

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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