Hopefully we will get a reprieve in the weather following Christmas, as conditions look to continue to be unfavorable up until then.

The last group of anglers hitting the water earlier this week found quality flounder when conditions allowed them to fish. Along the Galveston Ship Channel, the numbers of flat fish being caught are falling off; however, the quality is making up for it.

Tim Lawson was one of the anglers fishing the Galveston Channel early this week and landed his largest ever flounder while fishing near the shrimp boats docked along Pier 19. Lawson’s fish weighed 7 pounds, 6 ounces and was caught using a live fingerling mullet for bait.

Once conditions settle, look for trout action to take the limelight, especially in upper West Bay. Typically, this is one of the best times to fish certain areas of the bay for trout, and one area that is often productive is between Mecom’s Cut and Green’s Cut.

Waders and drift fishermen tend to score well during an outgoing tide and we are overdue for some hot action to break open along the spoils of the Intracoastal Waterway between the two cuts.

Readers continue to ask about Offatts Bayou, as it is often mentioned as a winter hot spot, especially in cold weather. The Bayou has been producing fair numbers of trout and reds, along with sheepshead and sand trout. All of the action has been taking place in shallower waters, especially near the shorelines, piers and pilings.

The popular deep holes of Offatts, such as the Blue Hole, have not been mentioned so far this season as holding concentrations of fish.

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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