Now that February is here, we can expect to see increasingly warmer temperatures that should do wonders for fishing. Wednesday was a great day around Galveston; however, not much was taking place on the fishing scene.

Today should be much like Wednesday, with slightly warmer conditions; however, by Friday we are supposed to see another cold front pass through.

Once we reach February, the cold spells do not linger as long as they do in December and January, and by Valentine’s Day, longer periods of daylight are noticeable, so we have a lot to look forward to in light of what we experienced during January.

Otto Machete, who recently moved to Galveston from the La Grange area, asked about when the best time for fishing starts around Galveston. That is a question that is often asked by newcomers to coastal fishing.

Every time I hear the inquiry, I think of Capt. Mike Williams’ answer and that is, “when you mow the grass most.” Obviously, Williams is referring to the warm months that start in late April and run into November around Galveston.

There is a lot of good fishing that takes place at other times of the year; however, weather tends to be a constant issue, especially during the early spring.

Most coastal anglers look to water temperatures as the key to good fishing. Currently, the water readings are in the low- to mid-50s, and it will take another 10-degree or more rise to really get things going. The magic number most anglers look for is 70 degrees or higher.

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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