The beach water temperature is gradually warming from readings in the 50s most of this week. That should be good news for weekend anglers as the warmer water will trigger more action.

While it is a bit early to look for summertime fish, especially with water temperatures well below 70 degrees, we still have a nice variety of pan fish around.

March is an excellent month to go after whiting and sheepshead. Both are fairly widespread around Galveston and for sheepshead, docks, piers, rock groins and other structures laden with barnacles are top spots.

While sheepshead, with their strong jaws and teeth that resemble sheep feasting on shell fish, and whiting both are prone to take peeled dead shrimp. Whiting are much smaller on the average and are excellent cooked whole.

Mountain stream trout anglers fishing the Galveston area prepare and cook the tasty little fish much like they do the small rainbow and brown trout that are caught in mountainous areas such as the Rocky Mountains in Colorado.

Sheepshead offer just as tasty meat which is firmer; however, this species of fish is much harder to clean. For that reason many anglers release them and a few fishing guides will not clean them for their guests.

Whatever your pleasure in fishing, the conditions forecast for this weekend should be favorable for hitting the water if the wind does not kick up.

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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