Each year, holiday visitors ask about where to fish around Galveston and what is likely to be biting. The week between Christmas Day and New Year’s is a popular time for this group to hit the water, and often it is a good decision, with nice catches taking place.

For an update on fishing this week and to answer those questions, we have to take a look at the weather forecast because wind and water temperatures have a major impact on fishing and fishermen.

This year, the forecast calls for mostly northerly winds, with temperatures not reaching above 60 degrees for the remainder of this week. Not only does this result in uncomfortable conditions, but is a handicap to fishing.

Wind velocities above 15 mph limit fishing to protected areas, and the cold water slows the action, as fish are coldblooded and move much slower as the water temperature drops.

Offshore fishing, for the most part, is out, as most of the party and charter boats will not go out in the forecast conditions.

The leeward sides of shorelines could be a good possibility for wade fishermen, as well as areas along the Galveston Ship Channel. Night fishing from around lighted docks and underwater lights always are possibilities for action on trout and other fish.

Unfortunately, most of the areas mentioned above require a boat to access, and fishing from the lighted docks will require the permission of the owners.

At this point, the elements likely are going to be a big obstacle; however, we will keep up on what is taking place on the fishing scene and update you as the week goes on.

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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