While fish are being caught, the action so far this year is not up to par. I visited with several longtime Galveston Bay anglers and there was a consensus among us that the unusually cold weather this winter has been a big part of the slow down.

Periodic floods, beginning with the big one associated with Hurricane Harvey, caused schools of fish, particularly trout, to change their fall patterns. Then came the freezes, and, while we dodged a serious kill of game fish, that added to the problems.

None of us sees any reason to get concerned about the quality of fishing for 2018. Most likely, we will have a later than normal start to our saltwater fishing season. That start usually takes place in April and we could see a delay for a few weeks, as schools of trout and other fish get re-acclimated to the bay system as changed by the weather events of 2017 and early 2018.

It will be interesting to see how this year’s black drum run shapes up, as the big brutes should be showing up by now. Reports from earlier this week indicated that black drum were being caught around the jetties; however, none was considered a big sow.

John Sabo, a longtime angler, usually starts his fishing season by taking aim at the drum beginning in late February. Sabo said that he has observed better than usual quality fish in years following hard freezes.

Sabo will be one of the anglers anchored along the channel side of the North Jetty in the near future and it will be beneficial to hear his reports.

Byron Taylor, another of the seasoned anglers, feels that the key to consistent action is the water temperature hitting the mid-70 degree mark. He said that April will be the month to watch, as that is usually when everything comes together.

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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