The Galveston area received badly needed rain on Sunday evening, with some areas receiving over three inches. On Monday, the residual effects were somewhat noticeable. Fortunately, there were not many anglers on the water to deal with the muddy conditions.

Reports from last weekend give credence to the prediction that the peak of this year’s flounder run has been reached and prospectively less flatfish will be found around the pathways to the gulf.

Lots of anglers were fishing in the Texas City Dike this weekend, with a few limiting out on flounder; however, the majority of the fish reported were pan fish. Sand trout and large croaker were the highlights for most fishermen.

Cary Hill reported flounder continuing to be caught in Moses Lake, along with scattered slot reds. Hill said that the action has been best near the floodgates.

Whiting are beginning to show in greater numbers along the beach front. Davis Cantrell was one of the anglers fishing in the surf on Sunday and he caught 13 of the tasty little pan fish while fishing in the rock groins near 61st Street. Dead shrimp was the bait.

Whiting tend to be a wintertime staple for anglers looking for some fresh fish and/or action. One of the best baits is peeled dead shrimp fished on the bottom with a pan fish rig.

The remainder of the week looks to be better for Christmas shopping than fishing. Cold, windy conditions are in the forecast and it likely will be after the next cold front passes that action will pick up.

If the wind subsides by this weekend, look for speckled trout to be schooling in the bays with diving sea gulls pointing them out.

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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