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Thursday, we hope was the beginning of some beautiful weather for fishing around Galveston. For a change, we are seeing warming temperatures, light winds and low chances of rain.

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Today is St. Patrick’s Day and an occasion that we have mentioned often in the Reel Report as prime time for black drum. Over the years the annual black drum run or migration tends to start reaching its peak around March 17 and this year seems to be no exception.

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This week’s last weekend of spring break is not ending like we had hoped. Early forecasts called for light to moderate winds under mild conditions. A fast moving norther changed all of that and now it looks like this weekend will see a return to winter conditions as we know them around Galveston.

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If the forecasts hold, it appears that fishing will not be affected by the Ides of March today. Strong northerly winds likely will be too much for anglers to deal with as yet another cold front crosses the upper Texas Coast.

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Earlier this week when discussing prospects for fishing it was mentioned that everything would be weather driven. Well so far this week that has been the case. While fog has been with us all week, the first part saw otherwise tolerable conditions for hitting the water.

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Thursday NOAA announced the 2019 Gulf of Mexico Red Snapper Season for Vessels fishing in federal waters carrying recreational anglers for hire. The season will be 62 days long and begins June 1, 2019 and ends on August 2 at 12:01 a.m. local time.

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Recently I discussed fish patterns with a local fishing guide who is working the lower Texas coast during the winter months. I mentioned to him that it seems that fish, trout especially, have not been in the spots they used to frequent during various times of the year.