Capt. David Harris
3/16/2014

Waiting On The Weather For Galveston Bay Fishing

I have to start off with this picture of this Big Ugly or Bull Red, right before this football player hooked up to it he was bragging about the shape he was in, well it didn’t take long for him to realize this Big One was gonna wear him down. He put up a great fight and did get him to the boat where we did the photos and he was released to fight again.

Well as most read this “Spring Break” is over for the kids and college students, traffic on the commute to work and home will pick up and most have Easter to look forward to for the next Big Break from work and schools. In the back of our minds we’re all hoping the weather will be turned around by then and we’ll enjoy our weekends with a more conventional weather pattern we all have come to enjoy….A Warm Weather and a Pattern.

We’ve started hitting the water as weather allows and for those wanting to fish, best thing is pick your date and make plans, if we’re blessed with a front or bad weather which would make a trip unproductive or unsafe we’ve got plenty of time to resch. You’re fishing trip.

For the days we’re able to hit the water it’s been mixed bags, waders are picking up some nice trout and a few Reds and Flounder depending on location of wade, those in the boat working shorelines or marsh drains are picking up a mixed bag of Reds, Flounder and a few Trout. Remember we do have a Spring Flounder Run, a lot of undersized but we’ve had them up to 18” which make for a great dinner.

I look for changes with the little patches of good weather we should be seeing the rest of the month. We are lucky that we can fish the south shoreline, and marsh this time of year when the open bay may be a little rough as long as we have water in the bay. Don’t let the weather dampen your plans for fishing in a week or two we could be seeing a whole new picture when you trip arrives. Weekends are booking up with those planning ahead and rolling the dice, don’t wait till the last minute.

For those that have Facebook keep up to date with what we’re seeing and what’s going on. Check out the GalvestonBayFishing.com Facebook Page give us a like and keep up to date, We’re also working with Stingaree Marina which now has their own Facebook Page, they will be posting info on weather, Live Bait they are holding and anything that will help the fisherman. They have reworked their Bait tanks over the winter and now have 2 shrimp boats working the bay to keep the tanks full for customers. Great dock space, Gas on the water, Live Bait, Snacks, Cold Drinks, a covered cleaning table, and a restaurant that will cook your catch once you clean it, you can’t beat a marina for location or amenities on the Galveston Bay Complex. They are opening at 6am for now and that will change to earlier as time changes.

Since we’re on the water now weekly if not daily check back and we’ll have weekly reports up here and daily reports and info on our Facebook page.

Until Next Week

Be Safe and Watch The Weather

Capt David Harris

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Capt. David Harris
2/16/2014

Galveston Bay Fishing, March and Spring Break in Texas

We’ll we’ve passed the halfway mark on February and we’re heading down the back stretch into March. As of March 1st we won’t have much time as Madi Gras is on March 1st for everyone and Spring Break fallows right behind. Now’s the time to make plans for Galveston Bay Fishing for this Spring. I’ll be picking up the Haynie from Tracker Marine in Beaumont on Tuesday after having them do some maintance work and be heading for the bay as long as the weather hold this week. I look forward to hitting the bay after a long winter. I've posted a new short Fishing Video to view it Click Here.

I mentioned Tracker Marine above, I was looking for a dealer to start doing all the maintance and any repairs I would need this coming year. I went in and talked to Sam the service writer and head of the shop and was impressed. They also didn’t beat around the test tank any also. I had an injector go out and that made the whole motor shut down. Not knowing how it works they got the problem located, ordered the part and had it all done in a minimal amount of time and cost since my warranty had run out. I can say they have my business from here on out when it comes to motor work close by. If you need standard maintance or heavy work I have faith in them and would recommend them to anyone.

Ok as for the fishing waders are picking up some nice stringers from what I’ve seen and reports I’ve got. For those needing to stay in the boat I’d head to the marsh draines and work some of the shorelines towards the back of the bay for Stingaree Cut to the east. Key in on active bait. Work it slow and fallow the guts and bait lines. I’ll have more once I hit the water this week and next weekend.

Stingaree News, The Stingaree Restaurant is open Wednesday-Sunday, opening at 11am. With specials daily, you can’t beat the food or view overlooking the Intercoastal and East Galveston Bay. Stingaree Marina has been open as the weather allows and yes they have Gas on the water along with 2 boat ramps and plenty of parking, both dock space and trailer parking. You can’t beat the “You Hook’m We Cook’m”. Get them fried, Grilled or Pecan Crusted, they’ll all melt in your mouth you can’t beat fresh. Clean them on the deck take them inside and have them cooked, you can’t beat it. As for DownUnder it will be opening up March 1 2014, they also have a new Facebook Page with the live music for this year and it will be updated as the bands are booked.

With the boat back and being on the water with better weather I will be updating the fishing report every Sunday evening for the remainder of the year. If you have any questions or need to spend a day on  the bay give us a call. I have updated the webite for this year and updated the waterfowl section also for the coming season this fall. You can always keep up to date on our fishing Facebook Page.

Capt David Harris

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Capt. David Harris
1/26/2014

Time To Get Things Ready For Galveston Bay Fishing

With Duck Season over by the time most read this, a few weekends of “Honey Does” and everyone will be ready to start looking towards the Galveston Bay for fishing. With the artic front and warmer days that fallow, you can still find some primetime fishing. Think mud, guts and afternoons once the sun has been up for a while till we see some warmer weather.

With Duck Season over, it’s all about the bay now, standard boat mant., rods and reels checked, plastics being restocked, hard baits rehooked and a deep breath of the cool morning gets it all going again. With the cooler weather we’ve had I look for a great “Spring Time Bite” things are looking up for Febuary if we get a little warming trend. Bookings are coming in ahead of last year so don’t wait make plans now for the end of February, March, and April. By the first of May you need to have summer fishing dates picked out and get your dates pinned down. Before you know it we’ll be celebrating July 4th.

As for this time of year, I like the back end of East Bay from around the Sun Oil Cut back to Oyster Bayou along the south and north shoreline guts coming out of the marsh can pay off with an out-going tide, it’s worked in years past and should be a good go to from now thru the start of spring. Plastics are the go to or slow sinkers and for those that need live bait we have Gulp which has worked great for us on a pop-n-cork in the spring and fall.

Stingaree News, The Stingaree Restaurant is open Wednesday-Sunday, opening at 11am. With specials daily you can’t beat the food or view overlooking the Intercoastal and East Galveston Bay. They have Oysters Jubalee daily and All You Can Eat on Wednesday and Sunday, if you haven’t tried it and are an Oyster Lover you gotta try it. Stingaree Marina has been open as the weather allows and yes they have Gas on the water along with 2 boat ramps and plenty of parking, both dock space and trailer parking. You can’t beat the “You Hook’m We Cook’m”. Get them fried, Grilled or Pecan Crusted, they’ll all melt in your mouth you can’t beat frsh. Clean them on the deck take them inside and have them cooked, you can’t beat it. As for DownUnder it will be opening up March 1 2014, they also have a new facebook page with the live music for this year and it will be updated as the bands are booked.

Looks like we have another icy cold one to hit Tuesday…. Be save and stay at home if you can…. Hopefully these will end soon.

Capt David Harris

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Capt. David Harris
1/6/2014

Fishing Galveston In The Winter, It's All About Tides

Well it’s great to be back on Bolivar Peninsula and Galveston Island, getting ready to hit the water for 2014. Winter is another great time to hit the water, playing the weather and tides is your best bet. For those needing the confines of the boat it’s hitting the deeper marsh guts, working the mud bottom part of the bay. Start around the Sun Oil Cut around to Little Pasture back towards Oyster Bayou to Frozen Point and back up the shoreline north to the north shoreline and down towards Robinsons Bayou, for those up on the northern part of the bay system try Scotts Bay, Burnett Bay or Taubs Bay. On the western end it’s all about West Bay, North and South Deer Island and even around the Causeway in later winter. Whatever is best for you, playing the fronts, winds and tides is the key for a great trip.

Ok I’m starting the weekly report this weekend and they will be up weekly on Sunday evening. I look for the first half of the week to be a washout but once we get to midweek temperature climb and our lows overnight in the upper 50’s and high’s in the mid 60’s. Looks like another light front will pass sometime next Saturday or Sunday but not much change in temperatures. Now’s the time to do like me get the boat ready, replace batteries, clean out boxes, change lower unit oils and thermostats along with water pump. We’re heading into Jan and before long February will be on us.

Now’s the time to make plans for the coming year, corporate groups are starting to book and vacationers are booking a few summer trips already. Don’t wait till the last minute plan ahead.

I am running a special thru the 15th of this month, Book 4 trips and save $50 a trip. Dates must be set at time of booking. Also take my Galveston East Bay Class which is one on one and done at my location, this is the same class I’ve been doing for 10 years. It covers it all from G.P.S. Coordinates to talking about how, when and why. I cover areas I like to fish and when, along with special notes on my fishing reports. Regular price is $400 but book it now and receive $50 off. All the above must be booked by Jan 15th.

Stingaree News, The Stingaree Restaurant is open Wednesday-Sunday, opening at 11am. With specials daily you can’t beat the food or view overlooking the Intercoastal and East Galveston Bay. They have been having Oysters Jubalee on a regular basis, if you haven’t tried it and are an Oyster Lover you gotta try it. Stingaree Marina has been open as the weather allows and yes they have Gas on the water along with 2 boat ramps and plenty of parking, both dock space and trailer parking. You can’t beat the “You Hook’m We Cook’m”. Get them fried, Grilled or Pecan Crusted, they’ll all melt in your mouth you can’t beat frsh. Clean them on the deck take them inside and have them cooked, you can’t beat it.

You can as always keep up to date on what's going on and any specials we're running on our Facebook Page at Facebook/galvestonbayfishingcom or Facebook/crystalbeachfishing, for next hunting season you can keep up to date at Facebook/texascoastalhunting 

I look forward to fishing many of you this year 2014

Until Next Week

Capt David Harris

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Capt. David Harris
11/18/2013

Texas Duck Hunting, It’s That Time Of Year.

Texas Duck HuntingAs we hit the halfway point of November we start thinking about the holidays and all the have to’s and will do’s before December. Till January hits a lot of time will be spent with family, friends and corporate customers, it’s the holiday season knocking on our front door. With that said there’s no better spending time together than in a duck blind or on the bay. With weather on your side the duck blind may be your best choice.

Ok as for the Texas Duck Hunting, with the first spilt coming up to end we’re looking at some great duck hunting thru the end of November. The fronts have been blessing us on a weekly basis and the geese have also poured in. From here on out it’s hammer time. Like any hunting there’s your goods and bads but that’s hunting. Overall it’s been good, as you can see from some of the pictures I’ve posted in this report there’s smiles on everyone. It’s been a good season so far, wedgon, gadwall, redheads, teal, and a few spoony’s as always along with a mallard here and there. Pintail are starting to show some numbers also and have blessed us on many hunts. I look for the Thanksgiving week to be a good one with cold air pushing in this coming weekend. Geese are building and we should start to see some numbers of geese hitting our straps in the next week with the weather heading our way. We still have room the week of Thanksgiving and the weekend after while the ladies are out shopping. Make plans now also for the second spit, weekends are starting to fill and weekdays are booking also. Remember there’s no wading mud on our hunts we provide transportation to the blind and a country breakfast is served after every hunt, give us a call, you can keep up to date on our Texas Duck Hunting Facebook page also for weekday updates and any specials we have from day to day.

Texas Duck HuntingOK as for the fishing, it’s all about the weather, fishing has been good up around the 146 bridge, I’d check out Scott’s and Taub’s bay. Drifting with plastics would be the best option. Some good reports have also been coming from East Bay, the marsh is showing signs of life as the water cools. On an out going tide working the marsh drains can pay off this time of year, birds working and if I was hitting the bay I’d work the back of the bay from frozen Point area, the island behind Roll Over and the Blacks area over to Little Pasture. Key in on active bait, remember the Flounder are on the move and drop off’s are a great place to ambush them, the ferry landing on the Bolivar side can produce some nice flounder this time of year and along the intercoastal when the wind is up on the bay.

Texas Duck Huntning GuidesTo keep up with the latest Fishing News check out our Facebook Page. For the latest Duck news and pictures check out our Texas Coastal Hunting Page on all on Facebook. We keep the latest news and photos along with videos of past hunts and fishing trips on both pages.

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. 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 open 7 days a week and Jim is back at the Helm, Jeremy and Josh both still hit the ground running at 6:00am 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, Mud Minnows and a few Mullet when I checked with Jim as of this writing. 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. My favorite is a fesh caught flounder of the day, clean it and cut the head off take it in and have them grill it, you won’t believe how good it is….

Until Next Week

Capt. David Harris

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Capt. David Harris
11/4/2013

Playing The Weather, Go Duck Hunting

Well in years past it’s been all bay fishing year round, with the changing in the weather patterns I’ve added duck hunting to the list of fall and winter activities I have to offer. Through the end of January my fishing report will also include a lot about the duck hunting trips. Once we get thru the end of January we’ll be back to bay fishing full time again.

Ok as for the fishing, I haven’t been out but the reports I’ve been getting are Birds, north shoreline and Flounder. Surely every fisherman can find something out of that. Like always this time of year the flounder are on the move but for November remember you can only keep 2 per person per day so pick and choose. I like to use Gulp 3” white shrimp on a ¼ oz jig head and work it slow almost drag it along a drop-off or a gut ridge. When you feel the snag give it a little time to get it all in and then set the hook, I have heard of a few saddle blankets being taken around rollover pass but I think we need a few more weeks before we really see some big ones steady. As for the birds look from Deep Reef along the north shoreline and back to Oyster Bayou and the Frozen Point area. As always you’ll have to sort through the Sandies to make a good box of Spec’s but it is steady action and a blast.

OK as for the duck hunting, as you can see from some of the group pictures from opening weekend it was a blast, good numbers of ducks with plenty of shooting for all. Mixed bags of Teal, Gadwall, Widgeon, a few Spoony, a Mallard and one Snow Goose. Geese aren’t here in big numbers yet but they are slowly trickling in. With another front this week it’ll just get better as time goes on during this first split of Duck Season. We cover Riceland and Texas Coastal Marsh with no overcrowding and Texas Curb Service to the blinds by Rangers or Marsh Master Buggies, No wading mud on our hunts. There’s still plenty of time to get in on the action as the season just got underway. We hunt weekdays or weekends and cover over 10,000 ac of prime duck hunting land. You can keep up to date daily on our Duck Hunting Facebook Page. Check out the lady's in the last picture that hit the blind without the other half, they put together a nice mixed bag and one was a nice sized Mallard, way to go lady's

To keep up with the Latest Fishing News check out our Facebook Page. For the latest Duck ews and pictures check out our Texas Coastal Hunting Page. We try and keep the news and photos along with videos of past hunts and fishing trips on both pages as time allows.

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. 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 open 7 days a week and Jim is back at the Helm, Jeremy and Josh both still hit the ground running at 6:00am 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, Mud Minnows and a few Mullet when I checked with Jim as of this writing. 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. My favorite is a fesh caught flounder of the day, clean it and cut the head off take it in and have them grill it, you won’t believe how good it is….

Until Next Week

Capt. David Harris

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Capt. David Harris
10/13/2013

Bring In Fall With Open Arms

As we run thru October at a high rate of speed from what I’m seeing, and Welcome November with open arms changes are in the works and it’s the little adjustments we make on our fishing that makes it all come together. I’ve gone from strickle live bait from the summer to artificial only and will stay that way till next spring checks in. Birds are starting to mill around and don’t pass up sitting birds, there’s something making them stick around. I throw a lot of Gulp this time of year for Flounder and Spec’s under birds, it works plus it’s tough and last for a whole trip sometimes. We’re fishing some of the same locations we fished this summer just a different bait and drifting mostly. When it comes to Flounder it’s marsh drains and mouths of guts and yes their starting to move, cover an area and move on. I look for it all to get better and more of a pattern with another cool front or two. Yes I think we’re running about 3 weeks behind this year from what I’m seeing on Flounder and Birds looking back on some of my logs from years past.

Ok for the Bad News for me, my Motor went down Friday and it could be a couple weeks before I get it back up so I may be down. With duck season coming up a lot of work is going on. I hope to get it in this week and back this week or next we’ll have to see. From what I saw on the Smart Craft Gages it’s the injection system, only time will tell.

Texas Duck HuntingOk for Duck Season, we’re holding some great numbers both on the farm and marsh. Water is being pumped to keep it all up and in great shape, Blinds are being touched up from Teal Season and the other blinds are ready in the marsh as of this last weekend. From what I’m seeing we’re gonna pick up where we left off at the end of Teal Season but with Big Ducks also. We had a party have to move on opening weekend for lodging and hunting Sunday morning 4 spots only. We still have room during the weeks, weekends thru the first split are filling up so make plans now. We can still hold a few big groups after the first split, if you want the whole lodge I have 1 maybe 2 weekends that I can make it happen. Remember we have transportation to the blinds no wading mud on our hunts and if you have a party of 4, you get your own blind with a guide. We practice no overcrowded blinds on our hunts. Duck Hunts run $185 and include a Country Breakfast after you hunt. Lodging and Duck Hunt with meals run $320 per person. We also have Skeet to shoot for afternoons and looks like we will also have some Pheasant and Chucker Hunts for the afternoons, I’ll have more info on that after this week.Texas Guided Duck Hunts I included some photos from the last weekend of Teal Season this year.

To keep up with the latest fishing news check out our Facebook Page. For the latest Duck news and pictures check out our Texas Coastal Hunting and Bay Fishing page. We try and keep the news and photos along with videos of past hunts and fishing trips on both pages and time allows.

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 open 7 days a week and Jim is back at the Helm, Jeremy and Josh are both still hit the ground running at 7:00am 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 last I checked. 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.

Until Next Week

Capt. David Harris

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Capt. David Harris
9/22/2013

You Could Say We’ve Gone To The Birds and Gators

Galveston Bay FishingWell It’s September and I’ve been hunting Gators and Teal, We’ll start fishing again Oct. 4th and be at it for 3 weeks and then it’s back for Duck Season. As for the Teal the season started off slow the first 4 days but once the front started heading our way and the rest of our rice came out it was on. Water is pumped and birds are feeding and roosting on the farm and in our marsh and it is some good hunting. Gators have been the same, nothing under 6’ and they’ve gone up to 10’6”. Pictures are worth a thousand words so I’ve included a few pictures from last week. You can check out some of our videos for gator hunts on our Texas Coastal Hunting and Bay Fishing Facebook page, check out the hot gator hunting action. We still have gator tags for those that want to jump on a Texas Sized Lizard and have a pair of boots made out of you gator. As for Teal hunting I have 4-5 beds open at the lodge Tue-Thue nights and still have room for Drive Up’s for this week and this coming weekend, remember it all ends on Sept. 29th and Duck Season won’t open till Nov 2nd but make plans now for Duck Season.

Fishing GalvestonOK as for the fishing, not many reports came to me this last week due to the weather. I do know it’s the middle of Sept and we’re coming into fall with the first front passing over head this last Friday night. With temperatures dropping  I look for things to be hitting a fall bite by the time I get back on the water Oct 4th. I’ll be throwing plastics and searching for Flounder, Trout under birds and Redfish on the shorelines. Weekends are booked up for Oct already but I still have plenty of weekdays open to hit the bay for the fall bite. I’ll be running till the last Saturday of Oct then it’s back to the lodge and Duck Season.

To keep up with the latest fishing and hunting news check out our Facebook Pages. For the latest Duck Hunting news, pictures and videos check out our Texas Coastal Hunting page. For Fishing check out our Galveston Bay Fishing page. We try and keep the news and photos along with videos of past hunts and fishing trips on both pages and time allows.

Fishing Galveston BayStingaree 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 and Jim is back at the Helm, Jeremy and Josh are both still hit the ground running at 6:30 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.

Fishing Galveston BayBluewater Bait Camp is open at 6:30 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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Capt. David Harris
9/9/2013

Smell Of Fall In The Air On Galveston Bay

Galveston Fishing ReportWe’re rolling into September with force and with that comes Fall on the Galveston Bay Complex. Despite the still hot temperatures we have mid-day I can still feel and smell it in the air at first light. I’ve been out at first light each morning over the last week since we’re pumping water for Teal season, checking levels and watching the groups of Teal buzz as I make the rounds. As I said above as the sun raises you can smell Fall in the air. The same thing is happening on the Galveston Bay System. Fall is around the corner and the Trout and Reds are moving around to, a few trips out late in the week produced some nice Trout and Reds for parties I’ve included a couple pictures from the end of the week, each with 3 people on the trip and some nice stringers.

Ok we’re coming into the middle of September, with the rain water is cooling down and you can tell it. We’re seeing a movement in East Bay, up towards the north shoreline and to the East half of the bay. From Middle Reef area up to the north shoreline and east which includes Frenchy’s also. Start looking around marsh drains for some of the smaller flounder to be moving, once the middle of September get here it’s all plastics for me. Also towards the end of Sept. start to watch for birds and when October arrives and a cool down arrives look out, I love October and what East Bay has to offer.

With September on a roll comes some great hunting, we lick off Gator season this Tuesday the 10th and we still have a few Gator Tags left for a hunt, standered hunt is $1500 and the Premium Gator Hunt is $3500 and includes the hunt and with your Gator we have a pair of Custom Gator Boots made and a Custome Gator Belt, all from the Gator you shot. Teal season opens this Saturday the 14th and runs thru the 29th, we have spots open for drive ups on weekends and still have a few spots left at the lodge a some weekdays which include meals. Our Teal hunts run $185 and include a country breakfast back at the lodge when you hunt is over. We have a fleet or UTV’s and 3 Marsh Master Buggies so you don’t have to wade mud on our hunts, curb service to the blind. Dove numbers are looking good for the south zone opening on September 20th opening, Opening day hunts are $100 and are run south of Winnie. For more info or to book your hunt give us a call.

You can keep up daily on our two facebook pages, for Bay Fishing Galveston Bay Fishing or for Dove, Duck and Gator Hunting, Texas Coastal Hunting.

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 and Jim is back at the Helm, Jeremy and Josh are both still hit the ground running at 6:00 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 6:00 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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Capt. David Harris
8/25/2013

Ending The Summer With Rain

Galveston Fishing ReportBy 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.

Galveston Bay Fishing ReportOk 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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