Readers keep asking when the flounder run will get into full swing, and several have asked about the croaker run, as it should be in progress.

The only thing I can say about the flounder run is that the water temperature will need to drop significantly before any serious run will get underway. Lots of large female flounder are moving in the bays and back bays waiting to be moved out by a strong norther.

A good example of this comes in reports from West Bay, where a number of saddle blanket flounder are being caught. Betsy Hatherill, one of the better flounder anglers, keeps catching some prized flat fish from around the Spanish Grant area.

Hatherill fishes some of the canals and shallow areas from her kayak. Another huge flounder was reported by Haze Gardner of Santa Fe who landed a 26-inch, 7-pound, 10-ounce flat fish in far West Bay.

Those big fish are going to hang around as long as food is available and, with the warm temperatures, the bait fish will continue to provide the food needed.

Unconfirmed reports from East Bay indicate similar activity all along the north shoreline and around the cuts on the south shore.

The croaker run has been a big disappointment for several years now, as only spotty activity has been reported. Rollover Pass used to be one of the big hot spots in November; however, the annual croaker run has not been of the magnitude of years ago.

Still, good numbers of bull croaker are being caught, with most of the reports coming from anglers fishing the surf.

This edition of the Reel Report is ending on a sad note, as we report the loss of Joe Taylor, whom many of you knew as “ Oh Yea” and recognized by his long white beard. Joe worked for years at Aunt Margie’s Bait Camp.

Capt. Joe Kent is a columnist for The Daily News. Report your catch to or call 409-683-5273.

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