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Old 09-14-2019, 03:49 PM   #11
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Thanks everyone... will not go out to jetties yet.. also will heed your advice and have someone experienced shoe us around more. We can get in touch with the captain at Marine max to help. We are enjoying the boat but want to be safe.
There is a lot of current, deep water, traffic, large vessels and sharp rocks at the jetties. All those factors add to the complexity of fishing the jetties.

I'd recommend getting more experience out of your boat, before trying the jetties yourself. In the meantime, go with a guide, like SGREM, and ask lots of questions...
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Old 09-14-2019, 04:27 PM   #12
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Can hire a guide for a half day jetty trip and get him to tell you what and why they are doing what they are doing. What to expect. How to target the species and what the conditions do to the jetties. How to handle the boat and react to conditions.

I recomend me but there are many that can educate for such a trip.


This would probably be a great choice, to get a pro on the boat to show you somethings and answer your questions while on the water.

Especially fishing out on the Jetties.
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Old 09-14-2019, 07:34 PM   #13
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To answer your original questions.
  • Calm winds, swells 2' or less. incoming tide is best usually, but any tide movement is good.
  • Get a Mighty Mite anchor ...it's one with Aluminum arms you can bend if you have to to get it out of the rocks. Never use a Danforth on the rocks.
  • Anchors should have 5'-6' of chain attached to lead of anchor and then 50-100' of 1/2" anchor rope.

And.. I also totally agree with the above. Go with a guide at least once this fall, someone that can show you around and that will be willing to teach you how to do some stuff to look out for. Capt Steve Grem from above would be a good match for that.. but like he said there's others. Capt David from Eagle point also does these sorts of trips.. but Steve is a good fit for a family like yours.. he's got kids and regularly takes them outdoors.

Have them show you how to cross the ship channel safely. I know that sounds oddly mundane but as the others have eluded too... those tankers throw huge wakes in certain areas that are shallow right next to the ship channel.. the depth is your friend.. don't be caught shallow when a tanker passes... There's actually videos on you tube.. 'Surfing Tanker Wakes Galveston' etc etc.. i'd put them up but don't want to scare you. It's not hard to stay safe but you have to know how to do that. Tanker wakes and other swells hit the jetties as well, also crop up in the bay where you least expect them like Todds Dump and Redfish island and the Dike boat ramps.

There is some decent fishing north and south from Eagle point going on right now. South of Eagle point along the shoreline there is lot's of oyster shell along the shoreline between all the Piers. North of eagle point just fish the drop off where the water goes from 2' to 8'.. There's a lot more to it than that, ... actually there's tons to learn to learn to find fish consistently.. but one step at a time.

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To answer your original questions.


  • Calm winds, swells 2' or less. incoming tide is best usually, but any tide movement is good.
  • Get a Mighty Mite anchor ...it's one with Aluminum arms you can bend if you have to to get it out of the rocks. Never use a Danforth on the rocks.
  • Anchors should have 5'-6' of chain attached to lead of anchor and then 50-100' of 1/2" anchor rope.



And.. I also totally agree with the above. Go with a guide at least once this fall, someone that can show you around and that will be willing to teach you how to do some stuff to look out for. Capt Steve Grem from above would be a good match for that.. but like he said there's others. Capt David from Eagle point also does these sorts of trips.. but Steve is a good fit for a family like yours.. he's got kids and regularly takes them outdoors.



Have them show you how to cross the ship channel safely. I know that sounds oddly mundane but as the others have eluded too... those tankers throw huge wakes in certain areas that are shallow right next to the ship channel.. the depth is your friend.. don't be caught shallow when a tanker passes... There's actually videos on you tube.. 'Surfing Tanker Wakes Galveston' etc etc.. i'd put them up but don't want to scare you. It's not hard to stay safe but you have to know how to do that. Tanker wakes and other swells hit the jetties as well, also crop up in the bay where you least expect them like Todds Dump and Redfish island and the Dike boat ramps.



There is some decent fishing north and south from Eagle point going on right now. South of Eagle point along the shoreline there is lot's of oyster shell along the shoreline between all the Piers. North of eagle point just fish the drop off where the water goes from 2' to 8'.. There's a lot more to it than that, ... actually there's tons to learn to learn to find fish consistently.. but one step at a time.



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Old 09-16-2019, 06:02 AM   #15
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If there is a lake near you that may be a wiser option. A smaller less popular lake like Fayette County might be a good place to "practice" your boating skills. Getting a guide or experienced boater is stellar advice. Develop a routine that makes sure your prepared and safe getting to and from the water as well as being on the water. Until it all becomes second nature, develop a checklist for your boating trips. Example: The day before check....trailer lights, wheel bearings, leaf springs, tire pressure and condition on your trailer. Check your ratchet straps that secure the boat to the trailer. Also check to ensure you have all the state required safety equipment for your size of boat. Always have far more fuel than you plan on using. As you use your boat take note of fuel consumption. To be more clear; head back in BEFORE you reach 1/2 a tank in reserve. If you dont know....go slow or if the person launching before you is a local or experienced in the area simply tell them your a newbie. I'm sure they'd be more than happy to allow you to follow and then show you the open water, free from underwater obstructions etc.
ALWAYS have a stash of sunscreen, mosquito spray, a rain jacket, flashlight or spotlight, extra water and some non perishable food.....sardines, vienna sausage whatever. You never know when your motor might **** out at the worst possible time, so be prepared for the inconvience and have somebody in mind to call should you have a mechanical failure; leaving your boat dead in the water.. If it does poop out on you, pull off the cowling so people will know you need help or a tow. If you ever see someone else in distress ALWAYS stop to render aid or call for help. If it's out of your comfort level, stay with them until help arrives. Always, have a fully charged cell phone and until you get more experience letting someone know your float plan would be wise. Before you leave the house ALWAYS hook your motor up to the water hose and crank it up....this will save you a lot of headaches and wasted trips....not to mention not holding up others at the ramp. Always be fully prepared to launch when backing in your boat. Example: drain plugs in, straps loose, primer bulb squeezed till hard, pergo switch on, gear loaded and guests waiting on the dock and ready to roll. This will make for less confusion and mishaps like "oh ****, I forgot the drain plug" monents. Once launched clear the area in a timely manner those waiting in line can get out on the water. Let your outboard warm up a bit, once started to prevent stalls in awkward situations. Before your underway be certain that all children and non-swimmers are wearing a life jacket. Before getting on plane be sure everyone is seated and secure. Make sure everyone one board know where the safety equipment is. Teach someone else how to operate the boat in case you get injured or sick etc etc. Once underway, remember as the pilot of the boat you are responsible for your passengers safety as well as the wake you create. When driving be acutely aware of your surroundings. Constantly scan your path ahead, be aware of your perifial vision, and have a passenger assigned to watch behind. Be courteous on the water. Treat other boaters as you would expect to be treated. Example: if you feel your wake will be a problem to an anchored vessel then slow down far in advance before approaching the boat under anchor. If you see a boat catching fish, it's always best to go find your own fish "unless" they wave you on to join in. If you see wadefishermen, give them a wide, wide, wide berth. They've worked hard to quietly approach an area then ease out of the boat to catch there fish. Blowing right by them might possibly ruin there whole day. Research the body of water before you fish it. News papers, magazines, 2cool, videos, Google earth etc etc.
Once your ready to fish, scout the area your in. Look for signs of life. Look for: structure (points, guts, reefs, sandbars, pilings etc etc) baitfish, moving water, shorebirds, hovering terns, diving gulls or brown pelicans and so on. Once you've found a likely area determine if it would best be fished by wading, drifting, or anchoring up. Now fish. Keep things simple at first. Go with tried and true time tested methods. If you want your kids or guests to catch fish, go the easy route and by some live bait or cast net your own. Teach your kids or guests how to throw a cast net. They may like that better than actual fishing. Once you've acquired some bait, use different methods to determine what is going to work best. Example: Have 2 setups for each fisherman. One for bait and a popping cork, the other a Carolina rig for live or cut bait on bottom. Throw the Carolina bottom rigs out first and put them in rod holders. Pretty much dont mess with them until the rod bends and the drag screams (oh ya, check/set your drag on all your reels). Next cast out your popping cork rigs. Keep them popping frequently. This "popping sound" simulates an active fish hitting the surface while feeding, hence drawing in fish looking for a meal. Once you e gained some confidence, progress to artificials. Purchase a small variety of proven lures for the area you fish. Go to Fishing Tackle Unlimited, tell them your objectives and I promise they will set up up for success. But with that being said, you can never go wrong with a new penny gulp shrimp with ircwithout a popping cork depending on water depth and potential snags for newbie fishermen. Before catching fish make yourself aware of the legal size limits for the fish you intend to target.
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Old 09-16-2019, 02:18 PM   #16
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Thanks everyone... will not go out to jetties yet.. also will heed your advice and have someone experienced shoe us around more. We can get in touch with the captain at Marine max to help. We are enjoying the boat but want to be safe.
That is a huge benefit buying from Marinemax, they will bend over backwards to help you out, Capt Dan used to give a class monthly for new owners.
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Old 09-16-2019, 03:34 PM   #17
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Thanks everyone... will not go out to jetties yet.. also will heed your advice and have someone experienced shoe us around more. We can get in touch with the captain at Marine max to help. We are enjoying the boat but want to be safe.
A little softer place to try would be the East Bay reefs. They should still be holding fish for a few more weeks, though they've been beat up pretty bad this summer (as always). If you put in at the end of the Texas City Dike and cross the channel into east Galveston Bay (hopefully you have a GPS Chart Plotter), you can easily find your way to those and other reefs. Also I've seen boats anchor along parts of the south shoreline outside of marsh drains south of those reefs do fairly well
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I think Captain David from Eagle Point will go out with you in your boat.
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Someone mentioned above that occasionally you gave to anchor from the stern due to currents. I strongly suggest you do not ever do that at the jetties, or anywhere near the ship channel for that matter.

Those tankers can throw some massive wakes and swamp your boat, even when it’s very calm. Always tie to the bow and use plenty of rode to allow the boat to ride the waves.

The jetties are not “dangerous” if you know what you are doing. If you don’t, a seemingly minor mistake you aren’t even aware you are making can result in a very bad day.
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Someone mentioned above that occasionally you gave to anchor from the stern due to currents. I strongly suggest you do not ever do that at the jetties, or anywhere near the ship channel for that matter....
I assume you are referring to my post of, "At the jetties, there are plenty of times where the wind is blowing one way and the tide is blowing the other. That means anchoring with stern into the waves - can get dicey."

I never said to anchor from the stern. I have fished the jetties before on a hard outgoing tide, anchored from the bow and the tide still overruled a 15 kt east wind where the stern is taking on the waves. Sometimes there is no way to avoid it. It's also funny to see the looks on people's faces on the boat with me when I position the boat to anchor "backwards" into the waves, lol.
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