Folks, our optimism for warm spring weather to quickly arrive received a setback on Sunday as Punxsutawney Phil, the official prognosticator of the length of winter woes, saw his shadow on Groundhog Day.

According the folklore, this means we will have six more weeks of winter weather.

Perhaps, if his annual debut had been in Galveston instead of Pennsylvania, the forecast would have been different as heavy fog prevailed in our area all morning, followed by overcast skies and rain.

What a contrast to Saturday, when trout action was picking up in Upper West Bay and other areas around the Galveston Bay Complex.

The good news is that the fish are there just waiting for anglers to get a bait in the water.

February is starting off much like January with cold fronts blasting through for much of the first part of the month.

Hang in there.Eventually, comfortable conditions will set in and we all can enjoy getting back on the water.

In the meantime, there are many activities on the schedule that will fill in the time.

First is the 20th annual Houston Antique Lure and Tackle Show hosted by The Houston Tackle Team consisting of Phil and Rebecca Thompson and Leonard and Vickie Tucker. The event takes place next weekend in Houston.For information, call 713-443-9847 or email them at

Also, it is not too early to make plans for the big Houston Fishing Show that takes place in the George R. Brown Convention Center.

This year’s show is scheduled for March 5 through March 9. More details will be forthcoming.

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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