The magic 70-degree temperature has finally arrived.

Wednesday, the beach water temperature hit that mark, and now we can count on fishing continuing to improve.

Trout are beginning to get lively with the warming water and reports from several locations indicate that action is picking up.

Tuesday afternoon, trout were in a feeding frenzy in upper West Bay near Confederate Reef.

You might recall my short trip that produced five nice specks. Well. how many of you have had this to happen to you?

Wednesday, the conditions were almost identical to Tuesday and I headed out around the same time to the same spots with the same bait.

The only change was bait fish (glass minnows) were not noticeable near the shoreline this time. That had to be the difference because after more than an hour of casting a speck rig with yellow and white jigs, I only had one hit, and it was a small red. Trout do like to follow schools of bait.

Jetty Joe, Galveston Bait and Tackle, reported good trout catches from the causeway area. Perhaps that is where the schools have moved.

Ryan Schroeder and Zack Enger used live shrimp fished under popping corks to land 15 trout near the causeway bridge.

Jeremiah at The Fish Spot on Moses Lake said the flood gates are again open following the oil spill and trout and reds are hitting.

On April 12, the fifth annual West Bay Blackjack Tournament and Fundraiser takes place. The event will be held at the West End Restaurant & Sand Bar in Sea Isle. Registration fee is $80 per angler with weigh-in at 3 p.m. The fundraiser benefits the Gary J. Lynn Foundation for Research and Cure of Cerebral Palsy. For information call 713-594-4252.

Blackjack tournaments are contests where the winning fish comes closest to measuring 21 inches without going over.

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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