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Galveston Fishing

Galveston Black Drum Fishing

We are coming in to our annual Black Drum spawn here at the Galveston jetties. Anglers hit the water in search for the hard fighting "BIG ugly". One of the best ways to target these fishing in Galveston is to use a 7/0-8/0 circle hook attached to a 100 lb mono leader, run to a 60-100lb swivel. Add a 4-8oz egg weight(size depends on the amount of tidal movement) on your main line above the swivel so that it can slide freely up and down your line. This is called a Carolina rig.The main bait of choice is live blue crab. First you break the crab in half, discard the top shell, take the hook and attach it to one of the joints of the biggest leg. I prefer the first joint that connects the leg to the rest of the body since it is the strongest. Using live or fresh crab is very important in bait selection.  You almost always want there to be some sort of tidal movement. At the Galveston jetties there are many spots to fish for these big black drum. We prefer to be at least 30-40 yards off the jetties so that your baits do not get hung up in the rocks. It seems like the large drum prefer the sand bottom when feeding. Some popular places to fish at and around the Galveston jetties is the boat cut on the north jetty, and the very tips of both the north and the south. Also, the old concrete ship has a deep hole in which you can also catch these fish when they make their move. Typically look to set lines out in 25-35ft of water. Anchoring and setting your lines out the back of the boat with the current is how to fish for drum. You will need a heavier rod and with a light offshore style reel. You can catch these fish on conventional bay gear but its like taking a knife to a gunfight! From late February until mid March you will find these fish stacked up the best. 

Tight Lines,

Capt Dan

Galveston Texas Deep Sea Charters for King Mackerel

Here in Galveston Texas, the King Mackerel is one of our highly targeted migratory species.  Anglers venture offshore in search of the these fish when the water temperatures reach around 74 degrees. We target these fish in Galveston around oil rigs, rip and weed lines, and wrecks or natural bottom. The method that most anglers prefer is trolling skirted lures, cedar plugs, or artificial diving baits. Typical trolling speeds for king mackerel range from 5-7 kts. Lots of tournament anglers will bump troll (bringing the engines in and out of gear just enough to keep the boat moving and the baits away from the boat) live blue runners in search for larger King's. The method that most charter captains in Texas prefer is drift fishing for them. They will set up a drift up current of an oil rig, wreck, or natural bottom where they were marking bait.  After they set out a few lines baited with sardines, shad, cigar minnows, or live baits, they will chum a few baits to get the scent out. You can sometimes see the kings school under the boat before they take the bait.  One technique I prefer is to set up on the up current side of an oil rig and leave my engines in reverse with the baits out of the front of the boat. This gives the baits a swimming motion almost like trolling on the up current side of the structure. It seems like most of the bait and predatory fish prefer this side of the structure.  Although king mackerel are the fish targeted during these techniques there is always a chance for other migratory fish to be caught like wahoo, dorado, cobias, and sharks. If you are wanting some line screaming action and a chance to catch some good king mackerel then give us a call and set something up. It is one of our favorite fish to catch here in the offshore waters in Galveston Texas.

 

Tight Lines,

Capt Dan

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