While December offers some great fishing, it is a month that cold weather begins to set in and usually winds down fishing for most anglers. One cold front after another keeps boaters and fishermen looking for those windows of nice conditions to hit the water.

Besides the holidays and their distractions, hunting seasons are usually in their peak. All of this means that boats and fishing equipment are on the back burner. Everyone knows that fishing tackle and boats need to have preparation for a long set up, many of us tend to think that we will be using our fishing equipment during the winter.

A number of anglers in fact continue fishing and using their boats all winter long; however, for the majority of us it will be at least a couple of months into the New Year before fishing and boating get our attention.

Although it is difficult to think about preparing your equipment for the winter doldrums, this is the time to clean and oil your reels and to winterize your boat, motor and trailer. We have all heard the adage that an ounce of prevention is worth more than a pound of cure.

This is just something to consider on those days when the weather has you cabin bound.

On the fishing scene Thursday, easterly winds gusting to over 20 knots held fishing down to a bare minimum. Protected areas were the only viable options for anyone wanting to wet a hook.

At least one of the areas sheltered from the wind produced some fish.

Howard Raymond and Delores Taylor fished the shores of the Intracoastal Waterway around Bolivar and landed limits of flounder to 19 inches along with good numbers of sand trout.

Live shrimp was the bait.

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

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