Things are looking up for our spring break visitors, as better conditions are setting in with warmer weather and lighter winds.

This should allow those wanting to test the waters for fish to head to just about any of their favorite spots.

We have been mentioning the black drum run that takes place this time of year and the fact that only a few reports of good catches, especially of the really big fish, have been received. Well, beginning this weekend and running through the following weekend there should be some serious fishing taking place focusing on the “big uglies.”

Two popular tournaments will be taking place, with the first beginning March 16. The Rusty Hook Fishing Club’s Tournament will include two weekends, the upcoming weekend and the following.

This will be the 31st time the event has taken place and proceeds go to feeding the homeless through Our Daily Bread in Galveston.

The entry fee is $30 and can be paid either at Boyd’s One Stop on the Texas City Dike or though the club’s website at More information can be found at the website or by calling 832-771-2238.

The other big tournament focusing on black drum is the Turning Point Fishing Tournament for the Physically Disadvantaged. It takes place Saturday, March 24, with the captains’ meeting on Friday evening March 23.

Participants in the Rusty Hook Tournament are allowed to fish this event, as well, and count their catch toward the prizes, as long as the anglers comply with all of the tournament rules.

The results of those black drum tournaments should give a good indication of where we stand on this year’s black drum run.

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

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