Late Thursday evening, gale warnings were posted for north winds expected to reach more than 40 knots. Today, a slight drop in velocity is forecast; however, the wind is still well more than the velocities considered safe on the water.

Sounds like there will be no fishing activity today. And, unfortunately, once the winds settle, the water levels likely will be close to all-time lows. It doesn’t take long for 40 knot north or west winds to push the water out.

Next week’s forecast does not offer much encouragement as another strong cold front is expected early in the week.

Well, so much for serious fishing for a while, and that is not good news at the Kent household. Thursday, I opened the freezer to pull out some frozen fish for the evening meal and low and behold, only one package remained. It was a medium-sized flounder that has been in there since Thanksgiving weekend.

In most years, my freezer stays stocked until sometime in February, and then it is normally just a short time before the shelves are restocked with fresh trout or reds.

Not this year.

As soon as the weather settles, and hopefully it will not be very long, I will be out on a mission to get fillets for the freezer. Sand trout and whiting are going to be very appealing soon, and if you have not tried either, don’t make fun of it. They are delicious table fare. Sand trout are best eaten before freezing, while whiting can withstand the freezer.

During a window of light winds and calm seas, a trip to one of the offshore wells or platforms will be in order. There almost always is a bounty of fish that satisfies the yearnings of sport and adds menu items for the freezer.

Until we see a return to fishable conditions, stay warm!

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

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