Another cold front crossed the Upper Texas Coast on Friday and set things back, as conditions were beginning to improve Thursday.

If the forecast for today holds, a light east wind should be pushing water back into the bays and, hopefully, triggering some movement by trout.

Anglers anxious to get back on the water this weekend should find some fair to good action around the jetties and other deep pockets of water. Sheepshead should be a good target.

Thursday, there was a report from Stan Cardinos, who, along with Frederick Miles, drifted some of the deeper reefs in East Bay using live shrimp for bait.

Cardinos said the morning action was very slow, with only a large sand trout hitting their baits; however, the afternoon was a different story.

Just about the time they planned to call it quits around 3 p.m., the trout started biting. By 4:30 p.m., they had 11 specks in the fish box, and the fish were still biting as they reeled in their lines and headed back to the boat ramp.

All of the fish were caught in 8 feet of water above shell reefs.

A reader asked about unconfirmed fishing reports. He often has seen the term in this column and was curious about what we mean by it.

When we mention an unconfirmed report, it is basically a second-hand report by someone who has not actually seen the catch. An example of one recently came from a gentleman in Jamaica Beach who called in, giving his name and saying his neighbor told him that night fishermen were hammering trout under the lights on the bay side of the subdivision.

The distinction between that report and a confirmed report, although we rarely use the term confirmed report, lies in the basics of who, what, when and where. An example would be where an individual calls in a report, gives their name and information that indicates that he or she actually caught the fish or saw the catch of another angler or anglers and relays first-hand information.

Capt. Joe Kent is a columnist for The Daily News. To get your catch in the Reel Report, call 409-683-5273 or email

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