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Old 02-23-2019, 09:48 AM
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Hello everyone,

I moved to Dallas in 2017 and looking to do a little fishing out of Corpus. We are looking at late June. What is biting offshore and how far do you have to go to get them?

Any tips? I have fished out of Morehead City NC for years and used to Gulf Stream fishing. Looking at past fishing reports it looks like there is a lot of bottom fishing rather than trolling? Are there weedlines out there or do you mostly fish the oil rigs?

Thanks in advance!
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Old 02-23-2019, 12:07 PM
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Within state waters, 9 miles from shore, you can always fish. Past nine miles you're in Federal waters. June should be open so you'll be able to target Snapper, Ling, King and Spanish Mackerel, Mahi and others. It really depends on how far out you're going. Rigs are always good. Google Texas offshore artificial reefs and you'll find public knowledge on those locations. https://tpwd.texas.gov/gis/ris/artificialreefs/. Keep searching THT and you'll find plenty of info.
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Old 02-23-2019, 12:33 PM
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Yes, be prepared to learn to bottom/structure fish.
Serious trolling rarely occurs closer than 25 miles out and 40+ mile runs can be necessary.
During Fed Red Snapper season, best to plan to accomplish both on the same trip...so as not to waste gas running 30 miles out for 2 snapper.
The further you get the deeper it gets, and typically 50+ mile runs to anything over 150', where grouper, amberjack, Hoo, Mahi, etc reside. This ain't Venice, the FL Keys or the OBX...gentle slope means long rides of vary little movement on depth finder.
Cobia, chicken dolphin, kings etc can be had closer all year round, as well as non-over-regulated reef fish and you now have more access to Specs, Reds and Flounder grounds than you can cover.

Check out 2CoolFishing. You'll find a lot more TX GOM specific posts there than you will here @ THT.
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Old 02-23-2019, 02:19 PM
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The seas over there are known to be pretty nasty. Large 4ft chop is common. Not big rollers like on the east coast. 100mile runs are not in heard of. Really good fishing though. Any pelagic you want is out there. There is also one of the best speckled trout fisheries in the world in Texas. BIG specks
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Old 02-23-2019, 02:42 PM
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Thanks. Not afraid to head way out but 4 foot chop is a little rough in a 22 foot boat. Been out 86 miles and usually fished in the 50-70 range.

Does it ever get calm enough to head out 75 miles?
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Old 02-23-2019, 03:22 PM
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South Texas sees good seas late July through September and even into October. That time period is generally 7 days out of 7 fishable barring hurricanes.

There will generally be a SE sea breeze that builds in the afternoons but doesn’t usually impact too far offshore, makes the bays nasty though.
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Old 02-23-2019, 03:31 PM
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It looks like from what I am reading starting in June 30 miles out and more hold Mahi, Wahoo and tuna? Just have to find them, does that sound right?
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On good years, we'll see two sets of weed/rip lines. One around 20-25 (sometimes a little bit closer): chicken dolphin, tripletail, cobia (ling cod), kings, smacks, etc...
The 2nd set, anywhere from 40-70 and anything is possible.
Most (not all) BFT are caught behind/drug off of (with a good chum line) our shrimp boats...you'll see them from 10 miles to 50 miles and beyond. The deeper they are, the bigger and better the surprises lurking below.
You're 22', unless it's got 200 gallon tank and a Cpt w/balls of steel (or little to no sense) won't get you to the floaters for YFT. They can be had off the deeper shrimpers, but picking them off between the bft, bonita and man in the gray suit, can be a real challenge.
You're biggest problem is going to be finding ways to capitalize on our "pop-up" (1-2 day water-skiing 60 miles offshore) windows that tend to show up out of nowhere in the fall/winter...given that you gotta haul it down from south Oklahoma City.
We're here to help and I'm sure between THT and 2Cool, you'll either find a buddy boat or two for those longer days, and/or be able to hitch a ride for a little gas money.
I'm willing to lay odds that unless you're just a summer fisherman, that 22' will be up for sale or traded in within 24 mos.
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Old 02-23-2019, 08:44 PM
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Originally Posted by LandLocked42Long View Post
On good years, we'll see two sets of weed/rip lines. One around 20-25 (sometimes a little bit closer): chicken dolphin, tripletail, cobia (ling cod), kings, smacks, etc...
The 2nd set, anywhere from 40-70 and anything is possible.
Most (not all) BFT are caught behind/drug off of (with a good chum line) our shrimp boats...you'll see them from 10 miles to 50 miles and beyond. The deeper they are, the bigger and better the surprises lurking below.
You're 22', unless it's got 200 gallon tank and a Cpt w/balls of steel (or little to no sense) won't get you to the floaters for YFT. They can be had off the deeper shrimpers, but picking them off between the bft, bonita and man in the gray suit, can be a real challenge.
You're biggest problem is going to be finding ways to capitalize on our "pop-up" (1-2 day water-skiing 60 miles offshore) windows that tend to show up out of nowhere in the fall/winter...given that you gotta haul it down from south Oklahoma City.
We're here to help and I'm sure between THT and 2Cool, you'll either find a buddy boat or two for those longer days, and/or be able to hitch a ride for a little gas money.
I'm willing to lay odds that unless you're just a summer fisherman, that 22' will be up for sale or traded in within 24 mos.
Thanks for the reply!

The most I have used is 52 gallons of fuel, ever. Going out 60-70 miles and trolling all day. I have a 105 gallon tank, so I could reach 100 miles no problem weather depending. Right now I am just a summer time fisherman. I have limited time off saving up for that 36 footer when I retire.

So there are far and few between calm days, less that 3 footers?
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suggest if going to the floaters you get a bladder or gas cans to carry extra fuel-it can be lonely out there and there are no gas stations.
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Yes, it does get calm enough to go out 75 miles. The previous owner of my boat, single engine Sailfish 220, would go ~70 miles out to the Tequila platform, leaving out of Surfside, TX head 158-degrees. Watch NOAA https://www.ndbc.noaa.gov/data/Forec...US54.KHGX.html for the forecasts. You're looking for 0-1 which we do get more often than you'd think. Things can get choppy quick. Also head to Saltwater Recon and there are a bunch of webcams to check out and consider launching around Galveston or Freeport which is much closer than Corpus.
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Originally Posted by LandLocked42Long View Post
The further you get the deeper it gets, and typically 50+ mile runs to anything over 150',
its half that distance to 150ft running out of corpus
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Old 03-13-2019, 05:37 PM
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Just saw this post and I know this is a late reply. I use to have a 19 foot bay boat and during the months of June, July, August. I would be able to make it about 30 miles. Swells don’t get huge just gotta check out swellinfo. Typically I could catch 1 flat day a week and bring back King, snapper, and mahi
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Old 03-14-2019, 07:11 AM
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its half that distance to 150ft running out of corpus
For comparison to how much different the Texas coast can be, it is a 80mile run to 150' of water out of Sabine Pass.
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just keep in mind that 3'-5' is a good day offshore texas
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Old 03-14-2019, 09:30 AM
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just keep in mind that 3'-5' is a good day offshore texas
And Corpus/Rockport is the epicenter of wind on our coast. June is a crapshoot to get offshore in a small boat.
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The farther south you go the less you have to travel to get to good fishable water.
June can be "iffy" wrt to weather & waves but from July thru September the NOAA broadcast is usually 1-3'
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Originally Posted by cgrand View Post
just keep in mind that 3'-5' is a good day offshore texas
And Corpus/Rockport is the epicenter of wind on our coast. June is a crapshoot to get offshore in a small boat.
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And Corpus/Rockport is the epicenter of wind on our coast. June is a crapshoot to get offshore in a small boat.
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.
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Old 03-14-2019, 06:22 PM
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Caught quite a few kings within 1/4 mile of the SPI jetties so i wouldnt doubt an opportune caster or 3 hasnt hit a king from the rocks.

I used to love the Valley/SPI but there is not room to cuss a cat without getting hair in your mouth now. Hopefully the situation in MX will go back to normal at some point and free up a little elbow room for us
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