Rather than continue to focus on the slow fishing in the Galveston area, let’s take a look at what lies ahead once the water starts to warm.

Tuesday, the water readings in this area were hovering around 50 degrees, still a bit on the cold side for fishing. We all know that this will not last long and once the temperature takes off, fishing will improve as well.

Anglers after some good table fare should keep in mind the virtues of sand trout and whiting for meals. Both fish have soft white meat and are very tasty cooked in many different ways.

Another popular fish for the table is the sheepshead. The jailbirds, as they often are called, are easily caught in the winter like sand trout and whiting. Sand trout should be eaten soon after they are caught due to the meat not freezing well. When frozen, they tend to develop a more fishy taste and become mushy when thawed. Still, they are edible but not as tasty as when cooked fresh.

We mentioned in Tuesday’s Reel Report that black drum will start showing any day now and we all know the quality of drum, especially the puppy drum.

Speckled trout will continue to be around just not as widespread as in the warm months. Reds too will be a good bet, especially around the jetties.

Readers often call in asking about updates on the closing of Rollover Pass. We have not received any official updates lately other than the plan for the pass to be closed with no date set. When we learn more we will pass it on.

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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