Here we are beginning the month of July and on the cusp of the big Fourth of July weekend.

It appears that Mother Nature is going to cooperate with anglers and other holiday weekend visitors to provide some nice conditions.

If the forecast holds, this weekend might live up to its reputation as being one of the best for offshore fishing.

Rarely during my many years of offshore fishing has the weather been such that boats could not easily make it well beyond the jetties during the Fourth of July.

With all of the unsettled conditions that have prevailed during June, many of the boats heading offshore will be making their first trip of the year.

Seaweed could pose a problem for boats wanting to troll baits; however, that problem could be offset by the number and variety of fish found around weed lines and patches.

Normally by the big holiday weekend, trout have relocated to deeper waters and are caught around shell pads near gas wells in all of the bays.

Midbay reefs and the jetties also are top spots to find schools of feeding trout and other fish.

Depending on how much seaweed is in the surf, the beach front could be a hotspot early and late.

When conditions are good, meaning tidal movement and clear, green water, just about any fish known to inhabit the Gulf waters can be found roaming the shallower waters of the surf.

It likely will be Wednesday before we start to see significant improvement in water conditions and by the weekend, the bite should be on.

Our only fishing report Monday came from the 61st Street Fishing Pier, where lots of whiting along with sharks and gafftop were reported.

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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