During these slow times for fishing, I want to take the opportunity to encourage anglers to send in fishing reports. Many are reluctant due to the fact that they do not want to divulge their favorite and or secret fishing spot and then have to deal with the added competition brought on by publicizing it.

That is quite understandable and is something we honor when requested not to give out the exact location of a nice catch. Fortunately, most anglers are interested in general information on what is taking place in the way of fishing around Galveston. More specifically, the interest is in what is being caught and in what area.

A nice catch reported from the jetties is a fairly broad statement, much like from East or West Bays. While everyone would like to know as much about the specific location, for instance the Cedars of Pelican Island or the entrance to Swan Lake, those locations can be presented as the Galveston Ship Channel and Lower Galveston Bay and your favorite spot not necessarily divulged.

The feedback I have received from readers throughout the 12 years I have been writing the daily fishing report (Reel Report) is that they like to know if the fish are biting, the species and in what areas.

We rely upon information from individual anglers of all levels of experience, fishing guides, charter boats and bait camp personnel.

Information from all of those sources combines to give a good indication of what is taking place on the fishing scene here in Galveston.

So when the action returns, we hope that you will join others and report your catch. You can send your reports by e-mail to reel.report@galvnews.com or call them in to 409-683-5273.

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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