The cold weather lately has not only slowed fishing but is responsible for the lack of availability of live shrimp. While this week certainly looks much better than last week, we still are in a pattern of chilling temperatures.

Anglers having success are using largely mullet imitation baits or in some cases live fingerling mullet.

James Johnson and his significant other, Bettye, used live fingerling mullet Saturday and had a nice catch while fishing West Bay.

Johnson said that the day started off foggy and chilly; however, they managed seven trout to over 2 pounds, six reds to over 8 pounds and a 14.5-inch flounder. Not a bad catch considering the conditions.

Saturday, we reported a few trout catches coming from West Bay; however, reports from Sunday indicate sparse action. Galveston Bait and Tackle reported fewer fish on their cleaning table as well.

The surf also is suffering from the cold and little or no action has been reported. The 61st Street Fishing Pier’s Sunday morning report indicated no fish being landed; however, on Saturday there were a few black drum taken.

Speaking of black drum, we are not far away from seeing the “big uglies” converging on the Galveston area for their annual spawn. We will keep you posted on when the big fish begin to appear.

In tournament news, the West End Anglers Winter Trout Tournament ends next Saturday. There still is time to enter and if interested, call 713-594-4252.

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

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