March has arrived, and with each succeeding month fishing will continue to improve over the winter doldrums.

Typically, March is an erratic month for fishing, with the old adage usually applying that March comes in as gentle as a lamb and leaves with the roar of a lion.

This year, water temperatures are lower than normal for the first part of the month and, with a cold front scheduled to arrive this week, don’t look for much of a warming effect for several days afterward.

March can be a good month for fishing or not so good, and all is dependent on the number of cold fronts that continue to cross the coastline and the accompanying wind velocities. While March is known for its winds all across the country, in our area it ranks third as the windiest month of the year.

While fishing reports were sparse during February, that will change this month as warm sunny days drive anglers to the coast to wet a line.

The spring break crowds do an excellent job of testing the waters and giving an indication of what is out there and what is biting.

Speaking of spring break, many of you are planning to take out the boat while the kids are out of school, and for a good number it will be the first time the boat has been in the water this year.

To avoid unpleasant surprises, check out your rig now.

Charge up the battery if need be, crank up the engine and test out all of the electronics.

If you do not have a freshwater hose connection for your engine, get one as they are good investments that allow you to run the engine on the trailer and at the same time flush out much of the salt in the cooling system.

Don’t overlook your trailer as rust and corrosion will build during the off season.

One of the first victims is the lights.

If you discover problems, it’s best encountering them at home rather than at the boat ramp, or worse, in the middle of the bay.

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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