Where did February go, as we are already at the end. Regardless, it will go down as a disappointing month for fishing.

Wednesday, fog was the problem all day. The forecasts called for it lifting around noon; however, that did not happen.

Tuesday evening I attended the public comment hearing conducted by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department at the Nessler Civic Center in Texas City. Approximately 30 people were in attendance, with a number requesting to speak and give comments on the proposed changes to certain Texas saltwater fishing regulations.

The only one of the proposed changes that drew comments was the extension of the five fish bag limit on spotted sea trout (speckled trout) to the upper Texas Coast. Most of the comments were against the decrease in the bag limit. Currently anglers along the upper Texas coast which includes Galveston Bay are able to retain 10 trout per day. If the proposal passes and goes to the legislature and is approved by the legislators, anglers will see that change become effective September 1, 2019.

It appeared that the biggest complaint voiced was in the method in which the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department conducted their survey to gather data to support the proposed changes.

Among those voicing comments were professional fishing guides, bait camp operators and local anglers. The public comment period still is open and if you are interested in giving your input on this proposal and others, go to the Texas Parks and Wildlife website for instructions on submitting your comments.

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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