Boaters had better start making alternate plans for cruising to the Galveston Ship Channel area from West Bay and Lower Galveston Bay beginning March 5.

Friday, it was announced that work on the Pelican Island Bridge will begin March 5 and is expected to last until the end of May. During that time the bridge will be closed to vessel traffic.

Philip Kropf, a frequent contributor to the Reel Report, has been monitoring the situation for weeks, as rumors were circulating that the bridge would be closing; however, no reliable information was available as to when this would take place or for how long.

According to Kropf, a Marina Safety Information Bulletin (MSIB) and broadcast will be released in the next couple of days.

You may recall that two years ago a similar situation took place with the railroad bridge; however, during that work phase the bridge was open at night and on certain days of the week.

We will keep you posted on any further developments with the Pelican Island Bridge. One obvious question that crops up is whether only the channel beneath the drawbridge will be closed or all of the passages on both sides.

On the fishing scene, fog was the big issue Friday, as visibility was constrained most of the day and it appears that we will be dealing with this through a large part of the weekend.

We mentioned in Friday’s Reel Report that anglers able to reach areas from the Texas City Dike to the jetties should encounter some of the black drum run. Hopefully the fog will not be as dense as it was on Friday and some reports will come in as to what is taking place.

Capt. Joe Kent is a columnist for The Daily News. Report your catch to or call 409-683-5273.

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