This week’s group of spring break visitors should enjoy considerably better conditions for fishing than last week’s vacationers. Sunny weather with light to moderate winds should prevail for at least the early part of the week.

On the fishing scene, there should be a number of options to enjoy. The black drum run is in full swing and this week should see some large fish landed. I mention landed because black drum size limits are governed by a slot of 14 to 30 inches. Any fish measuring below or above that range must be released, with the exception of one fish over 52 inches which allows for a state record to be set.

The water temperature in the surf has been running in the mid-60 degree range which is just below the number most anglers like to see and that is 70 degrees. If the forecasts for highs in the upper 70s along with plenty of sunshine hold, it will not surprise me to see the beach water hit 70 degrees toward the end of the week.

Last week the wind, along with cooler than normal temperatures, kept a lot of anglers off of the water resulting in very few fishing reports coming in. Toward the end of the week, reports of nice-sized black drum along with sheepshead, whiting and sand trout were received.

During the high winds, most of the action came from the Galveston Ship Channel area. As the winds dropped, West Bay, Lower Galveston Bay and the Texas City Dike picked up with action. This week I expect to see catches from more areas, with the jetties possibly turning on with the light winds.

Offshore fishing should be an option and if that is your choice for fishing, check with Galveston’s party boat operations for their schedule this week.

Have fun and keep safety in the forefront of your activities.

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

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