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Old 06-16-2017, 12:54 PM   #1
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New & Need advice/tips for Galveston Bay System

So like the title says, I am new to the forum and have been really enjoying all the content so thanks first off!!

I have been using the search function in doing research but am looking for some updated info on the subject. I am very green when it comes to fishing the Galveston Bay System and was looking for any advice or tips anyone might have. I am not looking for anyones secret spots or "the juice" (not opposed to anyone sharing either haha) What I am really looking for is the "do's and don'ts" as far as navigating the bay system and making it back safe with no damage. I am very familiar with boating safety as I have grown up on boats and the water but I have no experience in Galveston. So I am wondering things like: can I just run out across the bay safely, what things to look out for, places to avoid, good maps to have/study, good central place to launch. I am planning on making my first trip out there on the 24th and was thinking of launching off of the Texas City Dike, is this a good central location?

Just FYI I am running a 22' SeaArk BXT220 (Aluminum) with a tunneled hull, an Evinrude 150 W/ 6" adjustable jack plate, and I have a humminbird Helix using the Navionics Card for the Gulf Coast.

Any help is really appreciated.
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Old 06-16-2017, 08:36 PM   #2
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Launch at Eagle Point, Wendy will point you in the right direction if you ask.
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Old 06-17-2017, 01:49 AM   #3
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I would be very careful of the ramp at the end of the dike, a ship at the wrong time would leave your boat beat to hell. There is one a short ways from the base of the dike on the left that I have never had a problem.
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Get the actual chart of Galveston bay and look over it, especially the area/s you want to fish. This is the chart that the gps maps are based on. Use Google maps to look at those same areas for a 'real life' image. Order the Troutsupport DVD's.
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Study the charts for Galveston bay carefully, the bay is a very dangerous place, generally murky water with all sorts of man made and natural obstructions . One particular place I try to avoid is the "oyster field" near Hanna and Eagle Point with all of the pvc poles in the water, there are many unmarked oyster beds around there so be careful.
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Study the charts for Galveston bay carefully, the bay is a very dangerous place, generally murky water with all sorts of man made and natural obstructions . One particular place I try to avoid is the "oyster field" near Hanna and Eagle Point with all of the pvc poles in the water, there are many unmarked oyster beds around there so be careful.
East Bay is the easiest bay to run and learn. Not much to worry about running out of Eagle except Todds Dump and running inside the gas wells. The PVC pipe just marks oyster leases.
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Launch at Eagle Point, Wendy will point you in the right direction if you ask.
Wendy is such a great old pro. If you can get advice from him, it will be the gospel.
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East Bay there's not really anything to watch out for, West Bay is a different story. Got to be real careful out there unless you are in the ICW obviously. Fish Greens Lake. Just run the ICW all the way there. It stays around 2-2.5ft but you aren't going to hit anything. Just drift through there with plastics
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Launch at Eagle Point, Wendy will point you in the right direction if you ask.
Thanks!! Is this a good central location for East Bay in your opinion? Nice launch?
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I would be very careful of the ramp at the end of the dike, a ship at the wrong time would leave your boat beat to hell. There is one a short ways from the base of the dike on the left that I have never had a problem.
Good to know, thanks! Ya I saw the one at the base of the dike and it looks like it has a little more protection.
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