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Old 04-13-2017, 03:34 PM   #11
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Cats do fine in the bay system. Wind can get bad quick just like any bay. Whatever boat you do chose just make sure it suits the kinda fishing you enjoy. The easiest launch i think at Trinity is Thompsons. But its all on what part of the bay you like to fish.
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Old 04-13-2017, 08:04 PM   #12
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To answer your question about launches, you can launch at fatboys, Louie's bait camp, a new place on 61st in Galveston. That would be the main west bay launches I believe. You can mark Louie's off the list if you get a raised console due to the bridge you have to idle under.
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Old 04-13-2017, 09:21 PM   #13
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Thanks guys. Where do you normally launch when fishing west bay? How about east or trinity bay?
Easiest way to west bay in my opinion is fat boys. Just put in, follow the channel to the ICW, and your there. For east bay I put in at the dike. Little run but not bad. I've never hardcore fished trinity, but the one time I was there I put in at the kemah ramp under 146. If you put in at Thompsons though then trinity bay is right there
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Trinity from the west side-Eagle Point Fish Camp for a fee

Bayside Park or Highway 146 at Dickinson Bayou for free. Highway 146 launch is right next to Hillmans if you want some live bait.

This google map is pretty handy for scouting launches.

http://www.google.com/maps/d/viewer...US&usp=sharing
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Old 04-14-2017, 07:01 AM   #15
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Launch options that I use....

Upper West Bay - Fat Boy's
Middle West Bay - Waterman's Grill and Marina
Lower West Bay - San Luis Pass County Park

You can reach both ends of West Bay from either the lower and upper launch spots. I threw in that middle launch spot in case you go down there and rent a beach house. The upper and lower launch spots are free. The middle spot has a fee ($5?). There are a few other ramps, but these work well and give me access to where I want to be.

East Bay launch options...
- Texas City Dike (TCD) - several ramps along the dike, I use the one at the far end; take a short run across the channel and you're in East Bay
- Stingaree Marina - on the Bolivar peninsula side, takes more time due to having to take the ferry across to Bolivar; I only use this option when I want to eliminate a rough ride across the channel from the TCD launch

Haven't spent any time in Trinity bay.

I live in Houston, not far from Katy, and I keep my boat in storage down near Galveston. You may need to do that if you're not allowed to keep a boat at the house. PM me if you have questions.
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My wife and I recently moved out to Katy and we're thinking of buying a boat. I've never fished the Galveston bay system and don't know what to expect. I used to fish the Lower Laguna Madre which had tons of shallow water. A shallow water boat was a must. Using google maps and looking at the distance to the bay it looks like west bay and maybe trinity bay will be the area fished the most.

What are the depths like? Is sight fishing pretty common up here? I a shallow boat a must in these waters or is it better to look for something that takes the chop well?

I've been considering several cat boats from shoalwater, haynie, and trans.

So far not having much luck with test rides from two different dealers. They both water a deposit for a test ride. Is this normal in this area?
Definitely want a hull that can handle some wide open and deep water. You won't be running a lot of shallow flats and GBAY System can get rough big time. I do believe the bigger cats will handle it just fine, and give you the best of both worlds so to speak.
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tarpon old school mako

I'm fishing a 1975 20 foot mako, purchased for $4,500.00 in 1989, but have spent about a million bucks over the years remotoring, re-trailering etc. A boat that has a simi-v and can get you shallow if needed. Not 1/2 inch of water shallow but shallow enough to wade. And you do not need a shallow runner for west bay. There are allot of all-around boats out there. I'd personally stay away from low profile shallow water boats for Galvetraz. Good luck and hope this helps.
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Old 04-15-2017, 09:42 AM   #18
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This google map is pretty handy for scouting launches.

http://www.google.com/maps/d/viewer?...US&usp=sharing
Good map...just beware that it is dated as I see a couple ramps that have not been in operation for quite some time.
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Old 04-17-2017, 09:13 AM   #19
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c hook, NICE mako.....

I am in a newer model pathfinder and thinking about ditching the high $ ride and go with a remake i can do on my own like your mako.

How long did it take to get it "fishable" and would you recommend to do it again or was it a pain in the arse?
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