The wind played tricks on us Friday with the forecast calling for light to moderate winds when, in fact, small craft advisories had to be issued Friday afternoon.

A westerly wind gusting to near 30 knots was emptying the bays and back lakes of water and creating hazardous conditions for anyone operating a boat.

Looking back to my fishing log, it is clear that we are in a pattern in which fishermen look for windows of acceptable conditions among mostly windy and cool weather.

Friday’s windy conditions were too much for anglers wanting to fish the shallows as the westerly direction was pushing the water out and making a mess of areas where big trout roam this time of year.

While there will be good days during the next three months, in most years, they have been limited.

One of the problems with my fishing log for February and March is I have not been on the water much during those months.

Since becoming a full-time resident on the island, I fish under the lights much more than during the day this time of year, and the entries reflect that.

Now, what is it going to take to get us back on the water?

For me and a high percentage of my peers it will be warmer temperatures.

There is not a more pleasant time to be on the water than on a sunny spring day when winds are light.

While the fishing might not be great, the warm sunlight and peaceful conditions are worth just anchoring and dropping a line in the water.

Sometimes I am surprised at what is out there ready to strike.

Better conditions should be in store for this weekend and hopefully we will get some fishing reports from anglers willing to give it a try today and Sunday.

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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