Monday, March 21, 2011

Spring Break Trips

Well we were very blessed this week with good weather. Every year during Spring Break we seem to get blown off the water with 25-35 mph winds, but all past week the winds were good. We did have a couple of days of stiff wind, but we were able to fish every day. My brother and I really had very productive days on the water. Every trip produced over 25-75 fish caught and our customers were very pleased. These trips are great for the kids and families just wanting to catch some fish. We caught red fish, sheep head, puppy drum, bull drum, whiting, sand trout and gulf trout. Some clients went home with 5 gallon baggies full of fillets, while others didn't keep a fish. The beauty of these trips are people catch a lot fish and have a great time. I will still be offering these trips all of April and the way it is looking we will start targeting speckled trout in about 2 weeks. There have been some specks being caught around the bay system lately and it looks like this year is going to be a great one for speckled trout. Even though we caught a lot of quality trout last year, we caught more juvenile trout (14-16 in.) trout last year than we have in many years. Good news is those trout will be good quality 17-20 inch trout this year. Well this blog is now ranked on the Search Engines so hopefully I will start getting some responses from some of my readers. I have checked the views on this site and it is over 300 so if you feel like leaving a comment please do. Look for a post in about a week.

Capt. Alan
Galveston Bay Fishing Reports
Galveston Bay Fishing Guides

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Fishing Show - Spring Break Special

Well we had our annual Fishing Show at the George B. Conv. Center this past week and again we had a very successful show. This time of the year is very exciting for us because we traditionally start fishing on a regular basis. The phone starts ringing and our regular customers along with new ones start booking fishing trips. The weather is still kinda tricky during March and April so we offer a special for $375.00. We go to the jetties or some near shore reefs and catch a variety of species. We don't target speckled trout, we catch red fish, sheep head, puppy drum, over sized drum, whiting, sand trout and bull croaker. These are great trips for kids, families and anglers who want an exciting day on the water. The schools of speckled trout usually move in around the beginning or middle of April and are much more consistent, so we will target them then.

While I was at the Fishing Show there was a lot of talk about a gas ser-charge and the possible 5 trout limit all along the entire Texas Gulf Coast. Well I talked to a friend of mine that works for the TP&W Dept. and he said that at the last scope meeting in Austin in January, the decision was made against the proposed 5 trout limit for the upper coast. He told me that all the data on our speckled trout supports that they are in excellent shape and there is no need for a change in our daily limits. Of course that is great news for me and my business, but what is really important is knowing that our fishery is in such great condition! Regardless of your opinion or mine for or against a 5 tout limit, our speckled trout are not in decline and there is data supporting that they are actually in as good of shape as the 1990s. This is good for all of us and especially our youth.

Now as far as the gas ser-charge goes, there are some mixed opinions about this subject. I wanted to get the opinions of other guides on this matter. What most of the guides are saying is that they are planning on charging a ser-charge and others are planning on just going up on there trip prices altogether. Now I would love to hear from some of you and get your opinion on this subject. My opinion is I think my brother and I will have to charge a gas ser-charge if the gas reaches $4.00 a gallon. I don't want to include a gas charge in my trip rates and just charge more across the board. If we charge a ser-charge then when the gas prices fall, we can stop the ser-charge and just charge our regular trip fees. Well I hope to hear from some of you, it is real easy to sign up for this blog. You don't have to worry about your privacy or any spam. Google only wants your e-mail add. and a password so they can verify that you are not a spammer, that you are of age (13) and a real human. (not a computer) I am going to start posting some fishing reports on here soon. Look foward to your comments.

Capt. Alan
Galveston Bay Fishing Guides
Galveston Fishing Guides