Ending The Summer With Rain
By the time most of you read this, summer will be over with most Texas schools starting on Monday the 25th. We ended the summer run with rain on Sunday and it looks like it will take us into the first day of school for many. I always look forward to all the pictures parents post on Facebook of “First Day Photo’s”. What Monday also starts is less boat traffic on the bays during the week for the most part. Once we past next weekend “Labor Day Weekend” it really slows down. Many will start getting the deer camp ready and Good Ole Texas Football, High School, Little League and Collage. If you get a break Galveston has some great Fall Fishing and it looks like we’re heading into it already.
September is a transition month in more ways than one, we’re already seeing some changes in the bays, Sand Trout have shown up, we’re also seeing the bite change along with locations and before you know it birds will be working on a daily basis. We also have Dove season, Alligator season and Teal season coming up quick. Feeders are being filled, deer stands cleaned up along with shooting lanes, and duck blinds are in the process of being put in if they’re not in. Last but not least many boats will be stored after this coming weekend. Just remember Fall Fishing The Galveston Bay Complex is Great.
I had to include a couple photos from this last week, Baron from Winnie Texas brought his 2 girls out for a morning on the bay, these two stayed Bow'd Up from the first cast til the tide slowed so here is a couple pictures from their trip of some of the catch, I had a great time fishing these girls and dad.
Ok for the coming week, I will be on the water a day or two finishing up trips and the rest of the time I’ll be at the Lodge getting ready for September. For those hitting East Bay think Fall even though it’s hot. Frenchy’s is heating back up, also think Whitehead and some of the reefs along the north shoreline and towards the back of the bay. We’ve got a good amount of rain and we needed some so think runoff also, some will help and some may hurt us if we get very much. Also check out Big Hanna’s and Lady’s Pass, Tom-Tom, Bolivar Well’s, yes the Bolivar Well’s, Point of Goat Island and start checking some of the marsh drains for Flounder if we get some runoff from the rain we may see Flounder move around a little.
I’m gonna make a switch from Croaker maybe to Live Shrimp or Gulp under a pop-n-cork. I like the 3” white shrimp from here on out and it will catch it all, Flounder, Trout and Reds. Croaker in the smaller forum also work gret this time of year around marsh drains. Around the 15th of September every year I make a run around East Bay and check out some flounder holes, it’s just something I look forward to. I will be this year shutting the fishing down till the first week of October, with our Dove, Alligator and Teal hunts going on thru Oct 29th I won’t have the time for the bay. I will be hitting it hard again in Oct. for 30 days, Weekends are already booked but I do have plenty of weekdays open in Oct so plan ahead, it’s cooler and with flounder and birds trips are great.
Ok Sunday September 1st opens Dove season in the Central Zone, I do have openings for opening day Sunday and Monday we also have south zone hunts that open Sept 20th, for central zone we’ll are hunting from Winnie to Nome cost is $100 per person, September 10th Alligator season opens and runs thru the 29th, we still have a few spots open for Gator Hunting cost is $1500, and $3500 which includes hunt and custom Belt and Boots made from your gator. Guided Teal Hunts-$185 includes hunt and a country breakfast back at the lodge after your hunt, want lodging you can stay at our first class lodge with meals, shoot skeet, Hot Tub and a fully guided Teal hunt-$320 per person, we have 4 spots left for a weekend and more open during the week at the lodge so give us a call. We’re seeing some nice groups of Teal already on some of our water that’s been around all year and has always been a great hunt to start the hunting season off with great numbers, we do use UTV and Marsh Master buggies so no wading mud on our hunts. All transportation is supplied on our Teal and Gator Hunts and both is fun for the whole family, friends and corporate customers with and without lodging.
You can keep up daily on our two facebook pages I’ve included a link for our bay fishing and for the coming years hunting season, Hunting Facebook or for fishing Galveston Fishing.
Stingaree Restaurant is open Wednesday thru Sunday for Lunch and Dinner up stairs with some great seafood dinners. The DownUnder is open Friday for dinner, and Saturday thru Tuesday for Lunch and Dinner, they also have live music at the DownUnder every Friday and Saturday night, the sunset from both restaurants is to die for on the deck outside overlooking the intercostal and East Bay. Jim Varatis owner of Stingaree says it looks best with a frosty “Stingarita” in your hands and the sunset is free.
Stingaree Marina is now open 7 days a week, Jeremy and Josh hit the ground running at 5:30 am and are ready to help you get out on the bay, with 2 boat ramps and plenty of parking and gas on the water it’s a one stop for all, they’ve been holding live shrimp and croaker but for croaker get there early or call ahead and check on availability they’re in high demand in the summer. Clean your catch of the day and take it into Stingaree Restaurant for a “You Hook’m We Cook’m” you can’t beat fresh fish cooked at Stingaree Restaurant.
Bluewater Bait Camp is open at 5:30 am daily and has a great supply if live shrimp, croaker, fresh dead, mullet and bucket ice, Curtis makes sure the bait tanks are full. They have 2 boat ramps across the canal with plenty of trailer parking and have a covered cleaning table to clean your catch. Carroll does a great making sure everyone gets out on the bay as fast as possible along with the rest of the crew.
Until Next Week
Capt. David Harris
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