St. Patrick’s Day looks to be cold and windy.

Those are not good conditions for fishing.

For visitors wanting to include fishing on their spring break to-do list, it appears that conditions should start improving beginning Wednesday.

The best fishing Sunday took place beginning late in the afternoon and continued into the nighttime.

Anglers fishing near the floodgates of Moses Lake reported good catches of black drum, redfish and sheepshead after the rain moved out Sunday.

Todd Heerman of Friendswood landed a 33-inch black drum near the floodgates and quickly released it after taking photos. Cut mullet was the bait of choice.

Fog hampered fishing Sunday night; however, Frank Lang found trout under the lights at Harborwalk.

Lang fished from a friend’s lighted dock for two hours beginning around 10 p.m. and caught several undersized trout that were released. Live shrimp did the trick.

Al Rhodes sent a note saying that fishing might be a lot better than we conclude from the few reports received recently.

Rhodes feels there have not been enough people out fishing to get a good reading on what is out there.

The cold, damp and windy weather was cited as the culprit and he noted that when conditions improved and it was pleasant to be on the water, the fish were biting.

There likely is merit to his comments, as you might recall that during the window of nice weather from last Wednesday afternoon through Friday, there were a number of reports of a variety of fish being caught.

The primary species being caught are black drum, reds, sheepshead, whiting and scattered catches of speckled trout and flounder.

When the water warms several more degrees, look for other species to start appearing.

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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