First, I want to welcome our spring break visitors and especially those anglers who have called in or sent notes asking about fishing this week.

Before getting into the prospects for fishing, I want to make the same comment I have made to spring break visitors for 15 years now. “Observe the weather upon your arrival and almost be assured that it will be different when you depart.”

This is spring weather along the upper Texas coast; it frequently changes and can be extremely frustrating.

Now that we know how the weather works this time of year, what about fishing? Without being redundant, it will all depend on the weather.

Today and Tuesday look like good days, if the forecasts hold. After a blast of stormy weather on Wednesday, the latter part of the week looks good, too.

Galveston offers a variety of fishing, with something for just about everyone. The party boats at Pier 19 on Harborside offer day trips to fish the jetties and other close by locations, while the charter boats offer longer day trips both in time and distance.

If you want to hire a fishing guide and are not familiar with the ones operating out of Galveston, my recommendation would be to check with the bait camps and marinas in the areas you would like to fish. Most have professional guides who frequently pivot out of them, and the operator or owner should have a list to give you.

For fishing piers or bank fishing, Galveston offers two beachfront piers along the seawall and the Seawolf Park Pier on Pelican Island. All charge a fee for admission. If a free location is of interest, however, try the rock groins along the seawall, the Texas City Dike or just fishing from the surf.

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

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