On Tuesday, things began looking up, as our first fishing report in a number of days was received. It came from the party boat Capt. John and was from an abbreviated overnight tuna safari to the deep waters of the Gulf of Mexico.

Last Saturday, co-captains Jill Williams and Cody Carter hosted a group of anglers to areas around the floating platforms over 125 miles out of Galveston. The trip was cut short by the weather, as a frontal system drove them back earlier than scheduled.

Still, there were a lot of fish caught, with 70 vermilion snapper caught on the way out and 130 black fin tuna taken from the deep waters near their destination. Amberjacks and other reef fish accounted for the remainder of the catch.

There still is not much going on with the inshore fishing scene or better stated, very few anglers are hitting the water during this time of miserable weather. Low water levels resulting from the recent cold front played their part in discouraging anglers from hitting the water as well.

Thursday and Friday appear to offer a couple of possible windows of tolerable conditions to fish. If the forecasts hold, and the track record lately has not been good, the weather should be inviting to make it out to wet a line.

A reader called in Tuesday in response to my suggestion to use the outboard’s built-in flushing system for running the engine while on the trailer. He said that this could damage the motor, so my suggestion is to check with your outboard mechanic before employing that technique.

External ear muff type flushing systems are widely used to run outboards when not in the water.

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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