Spring is finally arriving around the Galveston Bay Complex. The water temperature is creeping toward the magic 70-degree mark, and fishing this month is looking promising.

Almost every time I mention the “magic 70-degree mark” readers inquire about what is so magic about that temperature. The answer lies in the reaction of fishermen and fish to that reading.

Experienced coastal fishermen know we are coming out of winter when the water temperature, that has varied from the 40s to the 60s, nears 70 degrees. That’s when summertime fishing is on its way.

Actually, most anglers like to see readings of 75 degrees and higher in the surf before they get excited about packing the gear and heading to the beach front.

Soon, we will hear of ling making their spring migration close to the beach front. Anglers fishing the jetties and beach-front fishing piers are the most likely to hook up with one of the early arrivals.

Jack crevalle are another of the fish that arrive early and provide some real (I should say “reel”) test for your light tackle.

When the big jacks arrive, they will make their way into the bays as well as roam the jetties and surf.

Soon following will be Spanish mackerel, an occasional king mackerel and various species of shark.

Richard Belleau reported whiting, bull reds and black drum being landed at the 61st Street Fishing Pier on Tuesday. It will not be surprising to hear of ling or jack crevalle in his report later this month.

Capt. Paul Marcaccio, one of our longtime guides around the Galveston Bay Complex, sent a note saying recent days have been “lights-out” for trout longer than 25 inches. One of his customers landed a 30-inch sow, while several have taken fish 27 inches and longer. The big fish have been landed both wading and fishing from a boat.

Marcaccio said he has never caught a 30-inch trout in Galveston Bay.

Reel Report

Capt. Joe Kent is a columnist for The Daily News. To get your catch in the Reel Report, call 409-683-5273 or email reel.report@galvnews.com.

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