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Sometimes it is difficult to find much optimism for the fishing report and Friday was one of those days. Cloudy with wind gusting to well over 30 knots and wind chill factors in the low 40s does not lend much optimism for getting out on the water.

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Friday Reel Reports usually carry information about the fishing prospects for the upcoming weekend and, while we will address this today, the outlook is not good. Strong winds associated with another cold front are forecast to cause havoc along the upper Texas Coast along with rain.

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Wednesday was not necessarily a bad day on the water, just not pleasant; however, conditions were tolerable for fishing, according to John Patch of Conroe. Patch and a friend fished Upper West Bay and caught enough fish to make the effort worthwhile.

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While not a saltwater fish caught around Galveston, an avid angler from Santa Fe caught a pending State of Texas record tilapia. Colton Corner of Santa Fe caught the 4.41-pound fish while fishing on Lake Mozambique and had it weighed in by well-known weigh master Ed Matthews of Hitchcock.

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Winter weather is upon us and for Galveston it does not normally get much colder than this. Yes, we do have freezes here; however, when the temperatures range from the low 40s to mid-50s that is typical cold winter weather. Add a brisk wind to that and it feels like the North Sea during winter.

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Another surge of winter weather is upon us, and it appears that this weekend will be a good one for Christmas shopping or anything else besides fishing. While the temperatures are not forecast to approach freezing levels on the Texas Coast, it still is quite uncomfortable to be on the water.

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Winter weather is definitely upon us and fishing Wednesday and Thursday looks to offer the best opportunities to hit the water. Friday and Saturday, another frontal system is forecast to cross the upper Texas Coast and may bring strong thunderstorms and high probabilities of rain.

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Another cold front made its way across the Galveston area Monday and with it strong winds that were just too much for most anglers fishing from boats to safely endure. By Thursday, conditions should be settling and with a little luck fishing will pick up again.

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We are now into December and this first weekend looks like it will be a good one for hitting the water. Light winds are in the forecast and at least part of the time from the west. Light winds from that direction flatten the surf and make fishing from the beachfront inviting.