The first wave of spring break visitors arrive this week and many are asking about fishing. The most common questions are how will the fishing be this week and where can I fish?

As far as how the fishing will be this week, probably the best fishing will be toward the latter part. Wind and the residual effects from all of the rain last week should settle out by mid-week. The temperature is forecast to be lower than normal; however, with the absence of rain and strong wind, fishing should be a go.

There are lots of areas to fish around Galveston and for those without boats, there are the beachfront fishing piers and rock groins, Seawolf Park and the party boat trips to spots along the jetties and in the bays.

Galveston Party Boats and Williams Party Boats offer such trips and are reasonably priced. Aqua Safari Charters also offers such trips; however, they are limited in the number of passengers they can accommodate compared to the party boats.

Each operation also offers offshore trips and, and with the erratic March weather, it is best to call and find out what is scheduled for the week.

Other areas offering potentially good fishing are the Texas City Dike and the piers associated with bait camps on the water.

The annual black drum run is in full swing and adds another dimension for fishing this time of year, as the big drum are making their spring spawn. Other pan fish, along with speckled trout, reds and flounder, are candidates to be caught.

Leaders in the Rusty Hook Fishing Club’s Black Drum Tournament as of March 10 are:

1st Place- Eric Touchton (33.1 pounds); 2nd Place- Alex Touchton (23.7 pounds); 3rd Place- Scott Moczygembo (11 pounds); 4th Place- Dylan Shaw (7.9 pounds) and big fish of the day winner on Friday was Eric Touchton with a 17.3-pound drum.

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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