We are entering that time of year when cold fronts are going to become more frequent. Experienced anglers learn to observe the patterns and plan their fishing trips during windows of good conditions between the frontal systems.

One such time is often a day or so before a cold front is expected to arrive. We frequently refer to this as a prefrontal bite, a time when the barometric pressure is falling and fish sense that a change in the weather is coming. Usually this ignites feeding and with flounder, both feeding and movement.

Speaking of frontal systems, last Sunday was a good example of what can happen when a strong cold front makes its way across the Texas Coast. Early in the day, conditions were calm and inviting anglers to hit the water. Suddenly around 9 a.m. the wind started gusting to well over 50 knots with heavy rain coming down.

Fortunately, we did not have any reports of any mishaps during this time; however, each year boaters find themselves caught in such dangerous conditions and a few do not make it back to dock. This time of year and through spring, close attention should be given to the weather forecasts and if a cold front is on its way, do not take a chance.

One area that is going to be affected a lot is the offshore Gulf of Mexico. I can only imagine how it would have been offshore late Sunday morning.

Saturday, however, conditions were favorable for heading offshore and based on Patrick Lemire‘s report for the party boat Capt. John, fishing was good as well.

Capt. Cody Carter hosted 40 anglers to a 60-mile trip south of the jetties where they caught 186 vermilion snapper, 10 lane snapper, four sharks and an assortment of other reef fish.

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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