The threat of thunderstorms slowed fishing, actually fishermen from being on the water, last weekend.

While there were no fishing reports from Saturday, let’s talk about what to expect as the weather improves this week.

We should be in prime time for trout action along the Houston Ship Channel Spoil Banks, both jetties and deeper shell pads and reefs, in Galveston Bay.

I say we should because normally there are lots of reports of hot action and prolific catches reported during July; however, this year has been different so far.

This week should be a good test for all of those areas, with the only fly in the ointment being tidal movement.

The good news is that it appears that the best tidal movement of the day will begin late morning and go through the afternoon.

That is a much better scenario for most anglers as earlier this month the best tides were anywhere from late afternoon to late evening thus eliminating the early morning fisherman.

If you are new to reading tide charts, the method to determine the strongest tides is to look at the respective heights of each low and high tide.

The heights are in relation to mean sea level.

Those tides reflecting the greatest measurement between the low and high are going to reflect the strongest tide.

For example, let’s view two tide change days (generally better as compared to single tide change days) and use today’s South Jetty Tide as an example.

Note the 10:40 a.m. high and the corresponding lows. With the earlier low tide (1.59 feet at 7:37 a.m.) and the subsequent low (-0.45 at 6:46 p.m.), you easily can see that the afternoon outgoing tide is going to be the strongest while the strongest incoming tide is from 6:46 p.m. until 3:50 a.m. Tuesday.

If you have an opportunity to be on the water, send us a fishing report.

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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