What a difference a week makes! You may recall that the first week of spring break started off with cool, windy and damp weather resulting in conditions that were not good for fishing. Unfortunately for our visitors, those conditions prevailed until almost the end of the week.

Finally, as the week was ending, everything changed and anglers were able to hit the water.

While offshore fishing was virtually out of the question most of the week, on Saturday, the party boat Capt. John was able to make an offshore trip and a good one at that.

Capt. Cody Carter hosted 81 anglers to a trip 60 miles offshore, where they landed a variety of fish, including vermilion snapper, amberjack, a 40-pound ling, tomtates, African pompano, lane snapper, blue runners and Creole fish. The action took place in 160 feet of water.

Seawolf Park is hosting a Black Drum Tournament, which will run through April 15. The entry fee is $25 per person.

Recent catches from the park have included black drum to over 30 pounds, sheepshead and sand trout.

Speaking of black drum tournaments, the Rusty Hook Fishing Club’s Annual Black Drum Tournament ended last Sunday after its first two-weekend event. Winners were: first place- Johnnie Beard with fish weighing in at 34.9 pounds; second place- Doug Sweeney with 33.3 pounds; third place- Natalie Wood with 33.2 pounds; and fourth place- Eric Touchton with 33.1 pounds.

A number of readers have been complaining about the upkeep of the boat ramp on Jones Lake at the site of the old Fat Boy’s Bait Camp.

Pat Bell was the most recent with complaints about large pot holes, overflowing trash cans, overgrown grass and the general state of disrepair at the ramp.

My recommendation to those with complaints is to contact the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department and Galveston County to let them know about the situation.

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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