It appears that the black drum run is on at the Texas City Dike. We have been keeping our eyes and ears open for reports, as this is the time of year when the big fish start to appear for their annual run.

Chuck Stuart of Texas City, a long time Texas City Dike angler, called in his observation of what is taking place. Stuart said that he no longer fishes the dike; however, he is out there often and has observed nine black drum to 42 pounds being caught recently.

The action has occurred on the Texas City side up to the marker. The best fishing has taken place toward the end of the dike.

Close to the end is the popular drum hole that has produced many sizable fish including at least one tagged red during the CCA-Texas Star Fishing Tournament.

Once the weather allows boats to make it to the jetties and other areas known to be hot spots during the drum run, we should have more reports to pass on.

Next Wednesday, the 43rd annual Houston Fishing Show gets underway. It takes place at the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston and lasts for five days.

This is a show that primarily addresses fishing, with both fresh and saltwater equipment on display and for sale. Fishing guides, outfitters and charter services from all over North America are there advertising their services and products from various booths.

Show hours are noon to 9 p.m. Wednesday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday.

Admission is $12 for adults and $3 for children 6 to 12.

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

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