Friday’s conditions did not hold for Saturday, as we were hoping; however, we did learn something from the window of fair conditions on Thursday and Friday. Trout are in their winter feeding pattern in that they are heading out in the late afternoon to find food.

We have mentioned many times that during cold conditions and water temperatures in the 50s, trout and other fish favor the afternoon.

One of the main reasons is that the afternoon is when the water is the warmest, often caused by sunlight being absorbed by mud and shell bottoms in shallower waters. While warming to trout, the big attraction is the bait that is attracted to the warmer waters.

Saturday, there was not the sunlight needed to accomplish much warming, and water readings still remained in the low to mid-50s.

Hopefully, as February moves on, we will return to a more normal weather pattern, which includes warmer temperatures and more days of fishable conditions, meaning light winds.

Frank Goodpasture sent a note asking if there had been any reports of black drum action. I think Goodpasture is asking about signs of the annual black drum run getting underway. Typical puppy drum and smaller have been reported; however, no big sows have appeared that are so common during the drum run.

The big problem has been the weather, not for the fish but keeping anglers off the water. We are approaching mid-February and once conditions allow boats to easily fish the jetties and other areas expect to hear of the big uglies making their presence known.

Capt. Joe Kent is a columnist for The Daily News. Report your catch to or call 409-683-5273.

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