Friday morning, as I was driving along the seawall, I noticed two shrimp boats a few miles off the beachfront and thought to myself, “What a way to make a living.”

The temperature was 32 degrees with misting rain driven by a strong, penetrating north wind.

All I have to say is I hope they had a good catch and got paid well for it.

The only other fishing taking place Friday was by birds working something in Offatts Bayou.

My guess is that it was stunned shad or other bait fish.

Following up on Wednesday’s column where we asked readers to share information on fishing reel repair services in Galveston County, not much feedback was received.

During the process I visited with Capt. Lloyd Pepper, who is known for his quality rods and also rod repairs.

I mentioned to Pepper that at one time there were numerous rod and reel repair places in and around Galveston.

It seems while there are several rod repair services remaining, most of the reel repair shops are gone.

Pepper, who once cleaned and repaired reels, said the big problem was maintaining an inventory of parts.

Years ago, if you had an inventory of parts for Ambassador, Mitchell and Shakespeare reels, that just about covered the major players in the market.

Today, there are a large number of reel manufacturers, and the overhead to maintain a complete inventory of parts can be overwhelming to a mom-and-pop business.

Responses from readers indicated that Serious Tackle in La Marque is one of a few places close to Galveston that works on reels.

Fishing Tackle Unlimited near Beltway 8 in Houston also was mentioned; however, it is a good distance away.

A reminder to boaters, this time of year most boats are out of operation for long periods of time, and your gasoline tank should have an adequate amount of fuel stabilizer mixed in with the gasoline. Ethanol-blend gasoline does not set up very well, and a good stabilizer will increase the life of such fuel and will aid in the prevention water absorption.

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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