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Old 03-15-2019, 10:30 AM
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There's a reason the coast is covered with windmills from Corpus down to the border!

Generally speaking, the further south you go the prettier the water will be. Galveston water is almost always pretty dirty and stirred up and south padre is damn near tropical. Corpus is in between but we do get nice days here and there. Kings can be found within 5 miles of the shore once water temps get up to 80 in June. Some people claim they have caught them off the jetties in Port Aransas but I've never seen it in person or a picture so I'm skeptical. With our retarded red snapper season, visible surface oil rigs get picked clean the first day or two of the season and you will need to find rock piles and reefs after that.
I use to host kayak tournaments for kings off Surfside and Matagorda beaches for several years and guys were usually within sight catching them. They catch a lot of them off Port A jetties. Kings are caught from Jetty and just off the beach as far north as Surfside. North of Surfside couple miles is all it takes. Kings love green water, the water at Galveston beach is usually muddy, but move offshore about two to three miles and it most often has a color change to green in the summer. Of course rain events, storms etc... can mess water up for some time and this effects the fishing.

Out of Sabine kings are a nuisance, way to many of them and at times make it almost impossible to fish for anything else. Commercial boats use to come over here to fish for Kings, but have not seen them in couple years. Always like it when they are circling a rig, hand lining 100s of kings. They would get the Ling all worked up.
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Old 03-27-2019, 08:19 PM
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Thanks everyone! Can't wait until our vacation. Excited to see what Texas holds. Hopefully the wind will die down at least one day during the week.
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Old 03-27-2019, 09:26 PM
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Be prepared for rapidly changing weather. We were out on my friends 25 Prowler 2 years back, July. We just finished up and were tied up to Froggies in Port O when a storm came in. Forecast for the day was 1's with no storms forecast. There was a fishing tournament going on (Poco Bueno). Get satellite weather and use it.

The storm blew in with probably 40-50mph winds. The coast guard did send their helicopter out. There was some small boats out that day around 40-50 miles out. I can remember a few ~30' CC's coming in with full life jackets scared shitless coming in the jetties. We had to wait for the storm to blow over before trailering the boat.

I am not the author of this picture. This was originally seen elsewhere on the forum but can't find the link. Would love to see other photos from that day.



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Old 03-28-2019, 06:42 PM
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That is a crazy picture... I get the satellite weather subscription on my GPS when I head out that far. I have had to run from storms 60+ miles out. I agree, it is scary.
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Old 03-28-2019, 09:37 PM
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I fish out of Orange Beach, AL mainly, but live in Houston. Great fishing in both places, just have the boat in OBA and the 8 hour drive or 1 1/2 by plane is nothing for a long weekend of fishing . We have a 22 ft single engine and regularly run 30 -50 miles in 2 footers, those storms can be a scary thing. been caught in a few and seen water spouts. The Gulf changes fast, just keep an eye on weather and talk to boats around you. Someone in range usually has radar, we don't yet. Will say I cant wait to upgrade to a 26 ft. Long and shot of it is the GOM is an amazing fishery with lots of places to go fish. The inshore in Texas is AMAZING, biggest flounders I have seen anywhere from NC to Texas, same goes for specs too and I grew up fishing Charleston area. Welcome to Tejas!
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Old 03-29-2019, 07:23 PM
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Thanks! I do love to eat Flounder too. Might have to give that a go if it is a little rough offshore.

Are there blue crabs here? I love some blue crabs!
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There are tons. The crabbing is slow in colder months and usually best in marshy areas in my experience.
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Old 03-30-2019, 10:07 AM
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I'm not sure how old you are but I moved to Dallas a few years back as well and hardly even fish anymore. Wakesurfing is now my pleasure and its right around the corner at our many lakes! I was the guy that used to fish every weekend offshore/near shore.
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Old 03-30-2019, 12:30 PM
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I'm not sure how old you are but I moved to Dallas a few years back as well and hardly even fish anymore. Wakesurfing is now my pleasure and its right around the corner at our many lakes! I was the guy that used to fish every weekend offshore/near shore.
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Old 04-01-2019, 10:39 PM
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I remember this, we were in the bay in a 25' El Pescador Classic. I just remember being glad we didn't decide to go out any further..... Matagorda bay can get real nasty real quick, My brother and I saw the big pilot boat out of POC catch air 2 weekends ago and i called it right then before it got worse lol.
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Old 04-01-2019, 10:41 PM
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Originally Posted by mstang1988 View Post
Be prepared for rapidly changing weather. We were out on my friends 25 Prowler 2 years back, July. We just finished up and were tied up to Froggies in Port O when a storm came in. Forecast for the day was 1's with no storms forecast. There was a fishing tournament going on (Poco Bueno). Get satellite weather and use it.

The storm blew in with probably 40-50mph winds. The coast guard did send their helicopter out. There was some small boats out that day around 40-50 miles out. I can remember a few ~30' CC's coming in with full life jackets scared shitless coming in the jetties. We had to wait for the storm to blow over before trailering the boat.

I am not the author of this picture. This was originally seen elsewhere on the forum but can't find the link. Would love to see other photos from that day.



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I remember this, we were in the bay in a 25' El Pescador Classic. I just remember being glad we didn't decide to go out any further..... Matagorda bay can get real nasty real quick, My brother and I saw the big pilot boat out of POC catch air 2 weekends ago and i called it right then before it got worse lol.
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Old 04-09-2019, 12:58 PM
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Old 04-13-2019, 08:09 PM
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Watch the weather for patterns of high pressure. Port A can have great fishing close in during the summer. Kingfish/Ling should be right around the jetties, work your way out to the anchorage & fish the ships. Very few rigs left now so you will want to try the artificial reefs & rocks offshore for bottom fishing & trolling. Good luck !
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Old 04-14-2019, 02:18 PM
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Gulf Chop is a real thing. Make sure the wave period is at least twice the wave height (ex. 2 ft every 4 sec). This is why longer CCs, cats, and stepped hulls have gotten more and more popular in Texas.A v-hull under 30 ft pounds in any chop. Use windytv and study air flow patterns and check the current buoy conditions to confirm, most other forecasts seem to be too general and don't provide much. June is typically windy, but snapper will be open so there is something pretty easy to target. Why Corpus? IMO you would be better off fishing out of POC, Matagorda, or Freeport for that size boat and limited range.
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Old 04-18-2019, 07:55 PM
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Gulf Chop is a real thing. Make sure the wave period is at least twice the wave height (ex. 2 ft every 4 sec). This is why longer CCs, cats, and stepped hulls have gotten more and more popular in Texas.A v-hull under 30 ft pounds in any chop. Use windytv and study air flow patterns and check the current buoy conditions to confirm, most other forecasts seem to be too general and don't provide much. June is typically windy, but snapper will be open so there is something pretty easy to target. Why Corpus? IMO you would be better off fishing out of POC, Matagorda, or Freeport for that size boat and limited range.
Have the family with me. I was told that the beaches are better and cleaner the farther you get away from Galveston. I was told (right or wrong) that Port Aransas is a major fishing point in Texas. I haven't been to any of the beaches in Texas yet so I don't know. I was also told it is shorter to the deeper and blue water the farther you go south.

When you say limited range, what do you consider limited range? I do agree on the period. I usually don't go out anything under 8 seconds. I don't want to get my teeth knocked out on a day's fishing. Maybe 1 at 6 seconds I am in!

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Old 04-18-2019, 08:37 PM
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I lived in Portland, TX back in the ‘90’s. Fished out of Port A in a single engine, 22’ Beachcraft CC. Had very limited range because of lack of fuel capacity...basically, 20-25 miles was my limit. But, you can easily get sick of kings within 5 miles of the Port A jetties. Just find a ship on anchor...kings would be there. Had decent success at the rigs on the edge of my range with snapper and cobia....at least that is what I targeted out there. But, just to have fun and let the reels sing....didn’t have to go far. Did a lot of catch and release on kings....was always fun getting hooks out....and yes, reds and specks were plentiful on the inside. Did watch a lady in a flats boat land a really nice tarpon in the jetties, one time. By the time they got it to the boat, there was an audience of boats watching the action.
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Old 04-18-2019, 08:55 PM
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Originally Posted by BlueShamu View Post
I lived in Portland, TX back in the ‘90’s. Fished out of Port A in a single engine, 22’ Beachcraft CC. Had very limited range because of lack of fuel capacity...basically, 20-25 miles was my limit.
I have a 105 gallon tank. I have been out about 70-80 miles trolled all day and the most I have burned was 52-54 gallons. Generally we put the lines in about 50 miles and trolled out but I guess 25 miles isn't my limit. I love my four stroke. True gas sipper! I am more concerned about the weather... I hear it can come up quickly and the weather forecasters sometimes miss it by a long shot. But I haven't fished here and why I am very appreciative of the feedback everyone has given.
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Old 04-19-2019, 08:54 AM
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I have a 105 gallon tank. I have been out about 70-80 miles trolled all day and the most I have burned was 52-54 gallons. Generally we put the lines in about 50 miles and trolled out but I guess 25 miles isn't my limit. I love my four stroke. True gas sipper! I am more concerned about the weather... I hear it can come up quickly and the weather forecasters sometimes miss it by a long shot. But I haven't fished here and why I am very appreciative of the feedback everyone has given.
I’m in Dallas too but keep a 29’ SeaVee (older one) in Rockport. Hit me up if you want to jump on sometime sir
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Old 04-19-2019, 11:30 AM
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Have the family with me. I was told that the beaches are better and cleaner the farther you get away from Galveston. I was told (right or wrong) that Port Aransas is a major fishing point in Texas. I haven't been to any of the beaches in Texas yet so I don't know. I was also told it is shorter to the deeper and blue water the farther you go south.

When you say limited range, what do you consider limited range? I do agree on the period. I usually don't go out anything under 8 seconds. I don't want to get my teeth knocked out on a day's fishing. Maybe 1 at 6 seconds I am in!
If you are comfortable running out 50-60 miles there should be some good options for you out of Port A. Hope you get some good weather on your trip! If you do decide to head up the coast PM me and i can shoot you some spots.
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I usually don't go out anything under 8 seconds. I don't want to get my teeth knocked out on a day's fishing. Maybe 1 at 6 seconds I am in!
Lol. Those days are over. Get a mouth guard and welcome to Texas.
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