Conditions began improving late Sunday morning as the wind dropped to tolerable levels for fishing.

It came a little late to save the day for anglers wanting to hit the water early as strong winds dominated the scene Sunday morning.

The foggy and overcast conditions discouraged others from launching; however, the few that did found some excellent fishing.

Jerry Middleton was encouraged when he saw the wind drop and headed to the North Jetty just before noon. Middleton said the tide was high and water clarity marginal, yet he and his neighbor Fred Kennedy landed five black drum, all in the 16- to 22-inch range, along with several sheepshead. Live shrimp was the bait.

The Cedars of Pelican Island along the Galveston Ship Channel was productive for Jay Reeves and Marty Green who used dead shrimp to land black drum, sand trout, whiting and a stingray. The action took place Sunday afternoon.

Yet another frontal system is headed our direction. While it will not be bringing cold weather, strong northerly winds will accompany it. Remember, this is April and every year we have to deal with these weather patterns.

The good news is that it appears that the effects will not linger as the forecast calls for fishable conditions on Wednesday.

Redfish anglers should mark their calendars for April 26 for the Texas Shoot-Out Chorizo Redfish Fishing Tournament Series. The event is from 6 a.m. until 4 p.m. with weigh-in at Taqueria El Nopalito at 15323 Gulf Freeway. For information, call Lee Garcia at 281-741-0745.

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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