We went out 7-11 in my boat (20ft Chaparral) and Carps (15ft Spartan) for the first time. We stayed close most of the time, not more than about 5 miles. We were just drifting about 8 inch shad and caught 5 sharpnose, 1 blacktip, and some cats, by about 11 a.m. We had originally planned on going out to a spot about 10 miles out, but decided to be safe with Carps boat. Everything worked great with my boat out there, even if it is more of a pleasure/ski boat.
I've got a few guys I went to college with that are coming to Houston this Wednesday and I wanted to take them out fishing Thursday. The boat has a deep V hull, a 31 gallon tank, 4.3 V6 I/O and I am bringing 20 more gallons of gas in tanks. This past weekend in 2-3 foot seas it was cruising 28 mph at 3,000 rpm. With that much said, I am plannig on putting in at either the base of the north jetty at Bolivar or possibly Freeport. I've got a Gulf of Mexico map (from academy) so i can refer to that with any advice. I've got plenty of variety of rods and reels up to a 9/0. About all of my previous experience is kayaking baits from the beach.
Where can I go? What can I catch? What should I use for bait?
I know no one is going to want to tell any of their great spots, but just some simple advise would be greatly appreciated.
One more thing, one of the guys coming had fished off the Florida coast in a 21 foot boat and he said they tied off to a rig and fished overnight under it's bright lights with quite a bit of luck. Do the rigs around here have bright lights under them? Would this be too much for my boat?
If there's any more info you need, let me know.