We are beginning to have a warming trend and just about everyone is ready for it. The beach water temperature is now in the mid-60s with slightly higher readings in parts of Galveston Bay.

All of this is welcomed news for anglers. This weekend looks to offer some nice conditions for fishing, at least through Saturday, with Sunday being hampered by the forecast of a good probability of rain.

If anglers are able to make it out to the jetties, the Texas City Dike and areas in between, look for some nice-sized black drum to be caught. One area not to be passed over is the old concrete ship Selma. The deep waters outside of the stationary ship attract the big drum and it could be a productive spot this weekend.

Bait camps should be offering both live and frozen crab soon, if not now. Crab are one of the more popular baits for big drum, as are live and cut mullet.

A relatively new bait on the scene for drum is live crawfish. The colder than normal winter has delayed supplies of crawfish; however, there should be plenty of good bait for black drum available at all of the bait shops this weekend.

Anglers who focus on drum often have an added bonus of red fish hitting their baits. Both species of fish enjoy the same baits, with mullet probably being the best bait for attracting both.

Outside of the drum run, the surf could be a good spot for finding good concentrations of whiting.

This is especially true if we have light winds and the water is not choppy. February and March are top months to find some of the larger whiting roaming the surf.

If you make it out this weekend, give us a report and send in pictures of your catch.

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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