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#1 LEF

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Posted July 20 2009 - 11:48 AM

We are planning on being on Galveston Island this winter and would like to try some surf fishing. Don't know a thing about it, but want to do some home work. Any advice on threads, species, equipment, etc would be greatly appreciated. Thanks


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#2 jimithing

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Posted July 20 2009 - 5:18 PM

Hi LEF, couple of things. First, they used to have a couple of nice piers in Galveston that are now gone, wiped out by the hurricane. They're supposed to start rebuilding them soon - not sure if they'll be done by this winter. I was just down there a few weeks ago and the town is just now regaining the look it had before. There are still quite a few shops that haven't reopened, especially the ones in downtown and closest to the water - those were the places hardest hit.
Most people in Galveston now fish the jetties. I'm sure most people have favorites but I find them to all be about the same. My favorite place to surf fish down there is actually San Luis pass. It's about a 20 minute drive from downtown Galveston. There are bait shops in Galveston and there's also one on the highway on the way out to San Luis Pass. It's called The Rusty Hook. The family that runs it lives onsite. They're open from 5am to midnight during the summer. Not sure about winter hours. Once you pull off the highway you drive straight onto the beach - people do it with cars but I personally wouldn't do it. You can fish on the bay side or the gulf side. Gulf side you can expect bull reds, sharks, and the occasional ling. Hope all that helps.
Also, I don't know if this kosher or not but you might google Texas Fishing Forum. They have forums like these where the guys might be able to give you more specific information if you're looking for it.


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#3 shb

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Posted July 20 2009 - 8:11 PM

google a site called Extreme Coast, one named Surfmasters, and one called Tx-sharkfishing.


One that also has a lot of info for that area is Texas Kayak Fisherman.


Reds, trout, black drum, flounders, Jack Crevalles, whiting, and sharks are some of the main targets.


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#4 LEF

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Posted July 20 2009 - 8:21 PM

Jimithing, Thanks for the post. It helps organize things as I try and figure out how to rig up. I know about not driving on the Beach as my pal went under the bridge near the pass and got stuck in the sand. A couple of guys going to fish for "drum" in the pass pulled us out. AAA wasn't of much use. Couple of questions:

Do you drive on the gulf side or the bay side?

Do you prefer incoming or outgoing tides?

Thanks.
BTW saw the foundation of the bait shop on the east end of the island that was sad as debris was still evident.


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#5 LEF

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Posted July 20 2009 - 8:26 PM

SHB thanks for the post. My pal in Gaveston wants to fish for sharks. Two fat old gus messing with a 12 foot Tiger shark is not a pretty sight .
I saw a video where a guy caught a bull red. I was familiar as it was near by the water tower, where we walked the beach.

Thanks for the tip on Extreme Coast and Surf Masters, as I haven't found those yet.


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#6 jimithing

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Posted July 20 2009 - 10:17 PM

Jimithing, Thanks for the post. It helps organize things as I try and figure out how to rig up. I know about not driving on the Beach as my pal went under the bridge near the pass and got stuck in the sand. A couple of guys going to fish for "drum" in the pass pulled us out. AAA wasn't of much use. Couple of questions:

Do you drive on the gulf side or the bay side?

Do you prefer incoming or outgoing tides?

Thanks.
BTW saw the foundation of the bait shop on the east end of the island that was sad as debris was still evident.


The pulloff is on the gulf side but once you pull off there are multiple paths. Some go to the gulf side and some go to the bay side. And once you're out closer to the water you can drive along the beach with no problem. You can freely drive back and forth from gulf to bay close to the water.
I've had better luck in outgoing tides, but really the fishing is pretty fair all the time so long as it's not too rough. If it's rough I go to the bay side and fish for trout.


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#7 LEF

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Posted July 21 2009 - 9:21 AM

Thanks, I know the area a bit. Looks like a good place to run a dog.


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#8 LEF

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Posted July 21 2009 - 12:07 PM


I've had better luck in outgoing tides, but really the fishing is pretty fair all the time so long as it's not too rough. If it's rough I go to the bay side and fish for trout.


What might your favorite rod(s) be on a run to the pass. I am thinking the typical shark rods might be to heavy. Something to handle 3 oz? Thannks


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#9 jimithing

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Posted July 21 2009 - 4:07 PM

What might your favorite rod(s) be on a run to the pass. I am thinking the typical shark rods might be to heavy. Something to handle 3 oz? Thannks

Yeah, you're probably not going to need anything to heavy. I can't bring myself to spend a lot of money on an expensive rod for salt water b/c I only get to do it 2 or 3 times per year so I just use an ugly stick. I think it's a 9' MH rod rated for 1-4oz of weight.


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Posted July 22 2009 - 2:02 PM

Nothing in winter except flounder, the best place to fish flounder is seawolf park in galveston. The season begins around november.


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#11 LEF

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Posted July 22 2009 - 10:20 PM

Yeah, you're probably not going to need anything to heavy. I can't bring myself to spend a lot of money on an expensive rod for salt water b/c I only get to do it 2 or 3 times per year so I just use an ugly stick. I think it's a 9' MH rod rated for 1-4oz of weight.


Thanks so much for your insight. Picked up a couple of Ugly Sticks for the trip. If you are down by the Pass and see a couple of old fat guys with a black and white Spaniel mix running around like an idiot say hello. We will be in the area. Thanks again.


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