Serious cold weather is settling in along the upper Texas Coast and it appears that the chill will be with us for a while. At this point, the only thing I can recommend if you are determined to go fishing is to look for deep water.

My guess is that we will see trout heading into the deep pockets of water in Offatts Bayou and Moses Lake. The Galveston Ship Channel also is a good bet if you are willing to endure the elements to fish any of those locations.

The worst of the cold weather should be out of here in a week; however, the forecasts still call for cold weather well into the second week of the new year.

Saturday was a different story, as mild temperatures set in and allowed anglers to hit the water in better conditions.

Sam Ivey was one of them and he scored well on speckled trout while wade fishing along the edges of the Intracoastal Waterway near the Harborwalk Channel.

Ivey was fishing with several members of his family, all of whom have been among the visitors to Galveston during Christmas. The family from Odessa has been staying on Tiki Island since before Christmas and have enjoyed several good days of fishing in Upper West Bay.

Saturday’s catch included five specks caught by Sam, two specks and a slot red caught by brother Jim and a 14-inch flounder, four sand trout and a large sheepshead caught by Uncle Ed. Everyone was using soft plastics for bait.

This is our last Reel Report this year and Monday we will start the new year by taking a look at what took place on the fishing scene during 2017.

Happy New Year to all and may 2018 be one of your best years for fishing!

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

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