Those of you who fish the Diversionary Canal should be interested in this bit of news!

Ed Matthews, a well known weigh master in Hitchcock, weighed in what appears to be a new state record freshwater buffalo. The fish was caught by Colton Frank Carner, age 16 of Santa Fe, while fishing the Diversionary Canal north of the State Highway 2004 Bridge.

The fish measured just over 34 inches and weighed 37.57 pounds.

Carner told Matthews that the fish was caught on a Senko White Worm and said that trout in the 20-inch bracket were all over the place and were being caught on Down South Lures (finger mullet variety) and Corkies in orange colors.

Wednesday was a day I felt was a window before the front that might offer some good fishing. One angler at least found that to be the case.

Malcolm Mencacci fished from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. and caught several trout and reds in 3 to 4 1/2 feet of water. Mencacci said that the water temperature had increased since last week and hovered near 54 degrees which he feels made a big difference.

His catch included 12 trout and two reds. He retained six trout and a slot red. Down South Lures in chicken on a chain fished on 1/16th jig heads did the trick. There was no mention of where the fish were caught; however, I would guess it to be lower West Bay as that is one of his favorite destinations.

We had a report from the 61st Street Fishing Pier this morning. This was the first in a while. The pier’s Corina called in to say that fishing has been overall sparse; however, sheepshead, whiting, puppy drum and a few croaker have saved the day.

Thursday, not much was taking place on the fishing scene and most likely that will be the case for the next few days. If you go fishing, wrap up and keep warm!

Capt. Joe Kent is a columnist for The Daily News. Report your catch to or call 409-683-5273.

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