The big news on the fishing scene is the black drum run.  

It appears that more and more of the “Big Uglies” are making their way here for spawning.

Saturday, Les Mercado and Bernard Taylor fished the Bolivar Gas Wells looking for sheepshead and trout.  

To their surprise, a concentration of large black drum were feeding around one of the wells.  

While the anglers were using live shrimp on light tackle, they hooked up with at least seven of the big drum landing two.

The largest measured 33 inches, and both fish were released.  

Incidentally, no sheepshead or trout were caught.

Smaller drum were being taken along the edge of the Galveston Ship Channel between the fuel dock and Seawolf Park.  

Fred Sandlin fished that area Saturday and ended up with 13 sand trout and seven black drum to 21 inches.  

All of the drum were released.

Miguel Henry hooked a huge black drum at the Texas City Dike that he estimated weighed more than 50 pounds.  

The fish hit a whiting that had been cut in half and gave Henry a battle for at least 30 minutes before crushing the size 4 treble hook and escaping.

Speaking of black drum, the Rusty Hook Fishing Club will hold its 27th annual Black Drum Fishing Tournament from March 14-16.  

The event will be headquartered at the Rusty Hook trailer located next to Boyd’s One Stop Bait Camp near the Texas City Dike.  

The entry fee is $25 and registration will take place at the fishing club’s trailer.

For information check or call Jerry Weyant at 281-538-2212.

While the water temperature is warming, another 10-degree rise will help fishing considerably.  

Once the beachfront water hits the upper 60s and higher, watch for the action to start in the surf.

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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