This is just about as cold as it gets in Galveston, barring freezing weather. Fortunately, we have not had to deal with any significant freezes in several years; however, it certainly feels like it, with temperatures in the 40s and north winds gusting to close to 30 mph.

While wind is a regular factor to deal with, the combination of strong winds and cold temperatures is not.

Now, what is this going to do for near-term fishing? I wish there was some optimism for action to rebound quickly; however, most anglers share my feelings that it will take a warming trend along with returning our water levels to close to normal tide heights.

This weekend looks like conditions will allow anglers to return to the water, at least the first part; however, Sunday we have another frontal system headed our way. It is just that time of year when we have to watch for windows of opportunity to enjoy the sport.

Water temperatures likely will remain at levels that highlight the danger of shock for anyone in the water. Where this has the most likely chance of taking place is with anglers in submerged boats or falling into the water. Being exposed to water readings in the low 50s or 40s can easily send someone into shock in very little time.

This is one reason that passengers in boats should wear Type I PFDs or life jackets. While they are not required for private boats, this is a common sense issue for anyone on the water during cold weather.

Type I PFDs will keep an unconscious person’s head above water and for someone going into shock this could easily be the difference in survival.

Obviously, there were no fishing reports to pass on and it would be surprising for any to come in Thursday. Stay warm and safe!

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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