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Old 06-10-2019, 02:59 PM
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Welcome to Texas. If in your shoes Matagorda is where I would key in on. Good all around beach, bay and offshore fishing.



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... I have never seen anyone specifically go out and target Cobia. I don't think they are around in great numbers. It's more of an opportunity fish.

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Done often out of Sabine, and if you read my reports we often come back with boat limits. Further South they seem to be less of them.
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Old 06-10-2019, 04:39 PM
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People that say they can taste the difference between black fin and yellowfin are full of it. Iíve had so many people say that and then blind taste tested them and not one of them has ever been able to tell the difference. Itís hogwash.
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Old 06-11-2019, 04:43 AM
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I had the opportunity to taste yft, bft, and blue fin at the same time-all had been line caught in the gulf the same day-kept on ice and eaten the next day-not that much of a detectable difference-all were great-sampled raw and cooked
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Old 06-11-2019, 04:56 AM
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surfside/freeport area might be a good compromise - I grew up in Galveston, have had houses/boats in Surfside/ Freeport and Matagorda-have traveled and fished in Port A, Rockport area-have many friends who fish and have houses in all of the places you are considering. Surfside/Freeport is not as large, obviously, as Galveston not as small or rustic as most of the places further south. Lake Jackson does have many restaurants and motels and you are close to both Houston and Galveston-also, the fishing is good and it is the closest spot to Dallas-pm if you like




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Welcome to Texas. If you like small communities, check out Surfside/Freeport. You'll find some posts on THT. There are a couple marinas down here, the biggest being Surfside Marina. I keep a boat here and the guys/gals working are the best. There are free boat ramps in the area as well where you can easily launch a 23'. (Bridge Bait, directly across from Surfside Marina as you look on Google Earth. Cost is $5 unless you buy something, then its free) There are a number of places coming down Hwy 332 to get live shrimp, or an assortment of dead bait. Bucees at the corner of 523 and 332 has frozen squid, sardines, and other frozen bait. If you haven't already been to a Bucees, then you're in for a treat. It's just a gas station, but once you stop at one, you'll get it.

Lodging is available in the area at Ocean Village Hotel, a few Motels, or a number of beach houses. Surfside is only very busy during holidays but mostly just for the day.
State waters extend 9 miles out and you can always fish for snapper. Past 9 miles is Federal water so you'll have to pay attention to snapper season. Lucky for you it opened last weekend and doesn't close until August 1. You'll find snapper, cobia, ling, mackeral, red fish and a bunch more around 10 miles. Grouper and Tuna are 50+ miles. Corpus may have some places closer....don't know.
The attached picture is a little red from the end of the jetties. Slot reds are 20" - 28", and your fishing license gives you (1) tag for a fish larger than 28", per year. Feel free to PM me if you want to ask some questions. Weather looks good this weekend so I'm taking my 13 year old and his friend out ~10 miles.

This is the buoy to watch for the Freeport/Matagorda area. https://www.ndbc.noaa.gov/data/Forec...US54.KHGX.html
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Old 06-11-2019, 06:56 AM
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Port Mansfield is the best fishing town in Texas IMO
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Old 06-17-2019, 11:50 AM
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I want to thank everyone for their welcomes to Texas and the information provided. Hope to se yall out there.
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Old 06-17-2019, 01:25 PM
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dshowers2006 if you want to send me a pm with your email address, I will send you a google earth file with a ton of spots. Always looking for people that know how to run a boat that like to fish deep. Most the time, all I deal with are inexperienced folks I know that want to just fish and I end up being more of a "guide" than someone that gets to fish.. heh.. not that I charge them, but you get the idea. Sometimes you just want to go out there with folks that know boats and fish :P

Anyway, my boat is not fully set up yet, I am waiting on a new hard top to be shipped so I can install it and the new electronics. Debating, if I can find a nice weekend, going out with my son (9yr old)...but right now, the next two weekends out of Port A are windy and rain forecast.... not good until I get the top heh. We will see. He really wants to go out there, but have not had the boat on the water yet and with rain and wind, not a great maiden voyage.

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Old 06-21-2019, 08:26 AM
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I've fished mostly Upper Laguna madre around Corpus Christi and Mustang Island, some spots towards Aransas Pass and Lower Laguna Madre in Port Mansfield. I'm new to boating, for years just walk in wades, maybe take the kayak to get to other wading places. Most places I go tide really isn't a factor, really just find good structure like potholes or transitions and you'll find specs, reds, flounder and black drum. Summer fishing is really great, lots of topwater action, sometimes up till noon if you slow down a little. Fall / Winter / Spring have slightly different patterns, but all based on fronts, either fish as one hits, or wait one out a few days. PM me if you have more questions, welcome to TX!
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Old 06-21-2019, 02:03 PM
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I am in Dallas too. Keep my SeaVee down near Port A. I have fished Galveston, Freeport, and port I and I like the middle coast the best. Port A maybe a zoo sometimes but even on a holiday I prefer it over Galveston/ Freeport, the close proximity to Houston makes it busy all the time I think. Atleast it did when I lived there in the early and mid 2000s.

Door to door Iím at my boat in 5:55 dallas to Aransas Pass. Take the route described above, even if GPS says to go 35-130-183.

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Old 06-21-2019, 07:11 PM
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I just left TX for TN. Surprised no one has mentioned Rockport yet.
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Old 06-22-2019, 05:44 AM
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TNtransplant, I talked about Rockport in Post #18. We have lived here for four years and (Hurricane Harvey aside) I think it offers many advantages when compared to most of the other ports. More amenities than some like Port O'Connor and Mansfield, and much slower than Galveston and Freeport. Easier access to deeper water than Galveston or Sabine. Close enough to Port A to enjoy that beach town without having to deal with that crowd and scene all the time. Close enough to Corpus for things you can't get in Rockport and access to a real airport. A good number of restaurants. A big art town, numerous festivals and other activities for bad weather days or for non-fishing friends. Not much farther from Dallas than Galveston or Freeport when you consider traffic (take HWY 77 from Waco and not I-35 to Austin).
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Old 06-22-2019, 06:41 AM
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Originally Posted by Blutarsky View Post
TNtransplant, I talked about Rockport in Post #18. We have lived here for four years and (Hurricane Harvey aside) I think it offers many advantages when compared to most of the other ports. More amenities than some like Port O'Connor and Mansfield, and much slower than Galveston and Freeport. Easier access to deeper water than Galveston or Sabine. Close enough to Port A to enjoy that beach town without having to deal with that crowd and scene all the time. Close enough to Corpus for things you can't get in Rockport and access to a real airport. A good number of restaurants. A big art town, numerous festivals and other activities for bad weather days or for non-fishing friends. Not much farther from Dallas than Galveston or Freeport when you consider traffic (take HWY 77 from Waco and not I-35 to Austin).
any recommendations on where to stay and launch boat? Coming down from Dallas and typically hit Galveston but you have me thinking of trying out rockport next weekend.....
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Old 06-22-2019, 07:38 AM
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Omarf4,
Some of the motels are still being rebuilt, but LaQuinta and a couple of others are open. There are more in Aransas Pass and Portland. There are a good number of rental homes available thru VRBO and other sites. Luce Real Estate and Miss Kitty's Getaways are local businesses that manage numerous rentals.
Cove Harbor just south of Rockport has a 4 slot ramp on the north side and a single on the south side. Also bait shops at both. You can access Aransas Bay, Estes Flats or run to the Port A jetty and offshore from here. Also a good boat ramp at Conn Brown Harbor in Aransas Pass. All will be busy on the summer weekends.
If you want to fish further north, then there are a couple of boat ramps on Goose Island (including Goose Island State Park) just north of Rockport across the big bridge.
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I have recently moved to the Dallas Tx area from Greensboro NC. I have a Parker 2320 that I have thoroughly enjoyed fishing off the NC coast.

I am trying to gather information about the Texas coast. Specifically, where to stay, what to expect at the inlets, how far offshore is a typical offshore run, what are the weather trends, etc.

I prefer smaller fishing communities that are not heavily commercialized with tourism. I have been looking at the Matagorda area and would love to hear some feedback about the inlet, marinas, and lodging in that area.

Anyone that would like to chat some, I would love to get the opportunity to pick your brain about the type of fishing and the behind the scenes opinions.
Anyone in the Dallas area, I would love to try and take the time to sit down and talk about fishing.
My preferences are offshore fishing. I love bottom fishing but also trolling as well. I am not picky, but I do love to go grouper fishing as well as tuna fishing.
Any opinions, ideas, or suggestions are much appreciated.
My favorite place to fish is out of Surfside/Freeport

I usually run 13 miles out and rarely ever come back empty handed. Usually it's Red, Vermilion, and Mangrove Snapper. There's a TPWD artificial reef about 33 miles out that has huge red snapper. I'm sure there's better rigs out there, but a simple snapper rig is my favorite.
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Old 06-22-2019, 08:40 AM
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Originally Posted by Omarf4 View Post


any recommendations on where to stay and launch boat? Coming down from Dallas and typically hit Galveston but you have me thinking of trying out rockport next weekend.....
I usually stay at this Airbnb in Rockport.

https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/1998512...tsilHI%2BONHkx
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Originally Posted by Blutarsky View Post
TNtransplant, I talked about Rockport in Post #18. We have lived here for four years and (Hurricane Harvey aside) I think it offers many advantages when compared to most of the other ports. More amenities than some like Port O'Connor and Mansfield, and much slower than Galveston and Freeport. Easier access to deeper water than Galveston or Sabine. Close enough to Port A to enjoy that beach town without having to deal with that crowd and scene all the time. Close enough to Corpus for things you can't get in Rockport and access to a real airport. A good number of restaurants. A big art town, numerous festivals and other activities for bad weather days or for non-fishing friends. Not much farther from Dallas than Galveston or Freeport when you consider traffic (take HWY 77 from Waco and not I-35 to Austin).
I missed that one. I found it hard to believe that we could be talking about TX gulf fishing without Rockport being near the top of the list!
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Hello,
I live and guide offshore out of Rockport, feel free to PM me if you have any questions about the fishing or the town.
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I'm from San Diego - they LOVE their Parkers there - and moved to Houston and fish out of Galveston and Freeport. The one thing I can say for sure (not getting into the fish taste and favorite port stuff haha) is that a Parker will beat you to death in our short wind-chop here. A _normal_ day here is 2' at 4 seconds, so you either need lots of Vee and deadrise, or a really long boat to bridge the waves.

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PS: if driving down from Dallas, I would choose Freeport/Surfside and put your boat in dry-stack at one of the dry-stacks there.
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Old 06-24-2019, 07:14 AM
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Sorry for the slow responses, been busy as heck.

Thanks for all the replies. Rockport is a great place as well. My wife likes the idea of going down there. I think the only place I am not a fan of is Port O'Connor, mainly due to the jetties there being so freaking strong that I am not a fan of going through that outlet.

I mostly have spent time in Port A, but as a kid... you know.. years and years a.. you get the idea.. lol.. we used to fish off the jetties in a 13.5' Boston Whaler. caught lots of fish out there. Looking forward to trying that area as well.

This weekend, we spent time at a friend's dad's place. He has a much larger shop than mine, mostly a lot taller, and so we were able to back it in and get out of the direct sun. Now, I am mainly a Merc guy... always had mercs (except the whaler but that was Dad's heh)... and so I wanted to look at and learn a little more about these yamahas. We got them started, but did not run them more than about 60 seconds as they were not peeing and I wanted to not burn them up.. lol.. albeit that may have been normal. On my mercs, they always started right away, but I am told these take time to warm up sometimes? Not sure...but was not taking the chance.

We removed the hoses, made sure they were not clogged, engines looked pretty darn clean, but I opted to spend my time working on the things I heard needed to be looked at vs hours on the engines I knew worked when I got it (had a video).

So, we found all the valves and 2 were locked/stuck shut. I was able to get them working, so we tested all of those. Then we tested the shore power and electrical items and came up with a list of things we wanted to work on and replace.

We were able to raise the fenders on the trailers as they seemed way too close to the tires, so now I feel better about those.

I will feel better once I buy all new rope for the anchor, I never trust it is all good, but I think it is ready for the top.

I left it down there as we decided to take the top to them when it arrives as he has a massive lift and we can just put it all together and then back the boat under it and lower it down. Then, going to call Medina Lake and see if this boat will fit on it as they are pretty close to it. Once it is all together on the 28th, we can take it to the lake and float it and actually run all the pumps and engines to make sure it all works.

After that, I am freaking going to schedule her maiden voyage out of Port A ...so, hope to coordinate with you guys and maybe we can try to all go meet up out there and toast a drink when she goes through the jetties

Please do not mind the mess. It rained the night before and so we tracked in a lot of dirt while working.

Also made a really cool lic plate holder so it did not get ripped off if it hits something. Now, hinged.. and not rubbing the trailer heh

Son wanted the land sucks sticker

And yes the stickers have bubbles. We fixed those, but plan to have better stickers added later.

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Originally Posted by AHL_1901 View Post
I am in Dallas too. Keep my SeaVee down near Port A. I have fished Galveston, Freeport, and port I and I like the middle coast the best. Port A maybe a zoo sometimes but even on a holiday I prefer it over Galveston/ Freeport, the close proximity to Houston makes it busy all the time I think. Atleast it did when I lived there in the early and mid 2000s.

Door to door Iím at my boat in 5:55 dallas to Aransas Pass. Take the route described above, even if GPS says to go 35-130-183.

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Will do. It's always nice to find a fellow Dallas resident.
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