The annual spring break holidays are upon us, and Sunday marks the beginning of the two biggest weeks for the Galveston area.

The second and third week of March encompass a high percentage of Texas schools that close for a week to give teachers and students a break, and most set their sights on heading to the beach.

Many of our visitors arrive with the anticipation of some excellent fishing. While the fish are here, weather is the main culprit standing in the way of a nice catch and taking fish home.

This year we have experienced a prolonged winter that has prevented the water temperatures from climbing into the range where fish will be on the move.

With that said let’s take a look at what should be in store for anglers this week.

While the ambient temperature is climbing, frontal systems keep making their appearance and with each one, conditions start setting things back.

Wind will be the key to success this week. If the velocities remain light to moderate, action should be good for pan fish and scattered reds and trout.

During the early part of the week, conditions should be favorable for fishing; however, on Wednesday another spell of unsettled weather is forecast to take over.

Whiting should be a good bet along the beachfront and around the piers and rock groins. Sheepshead and sand trout should be found around piers, docks and pilings in protected areas.

For a real adventure, the black drum run is on and some really big fish will be moving in for spawning. The Texas City Dike, the Jetties and spots along the Galveston Ship Channel should be worth trying if interested in hooking up with a big drum.

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

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