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Galveston bay side dock fishing #13822434 12/28/20 10:50 PM
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Does anyone have any pointers for fishing in the Galveston bay off of a house dock? Not sure what baits to use or rigs. Mainly done bass fishing but going to spend a couple of days in a house with a dock. We have plenty of bass rods and reals but don’t even know what is in season or catchable right now. Thanks for any help.

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Re: Galveston bay side dock fishing [Re: Caliente] #13823366 12/29/20 06:31 PM
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Paddle tails are good for flounder and red fish love bass lures. You really don't need anything special for the bay side. Top water and spoons if go to the beach side for trout, mackerel and reds in the surf. Throw them when you see the birds diving and watch for blow ups.

Re: Galveston bay side dock fishing [Re: Caliente] #13823391 12/29/20 06:56 PM
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Night time fishing the lights on the docks with small white sassy shad or grub will get you bit. If that don't work take a live shrimp and fish it with no weight around the lights or just outside the light.

Re: Galveston bay side dock fishing [Re: David Welcher] #13823393 12/29/20 06:56 PM
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Originally Posted by David Welcher
Night time fishing the lights on the docks with small white sassy shad or grub will get you bit. If that don't work take a live shrimp and fish it with no weight around the lights or just outside the light.

And this time of year isn't real good.

Re: Galveston bay side dock fishing [Re: Caliente] #13823582 12/29/20 10:05 PM
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In Weatherford Texas fishing may not be good this time of year but the fish in Matagorda Bay don’t read the newspapers in your area.

Re: Galveston bay side dock fishing [Re: David Welcher] #13823678 12/29/20 11:14 PM
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Originally Posted by David Welcher
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Night time fishing the lights on the docks with small white sassy shad or grub will get you bit. If that don't work take a live shrimp and fish it with no weight around the lights or just outside the light.

And this time of year isn't real good.


I don't know -- you might try this, I've had a bit of luck in the winter catching sheepshead:

Go buy one of those roofing tools that looks like a hoe that's been bent out. Or just get a flat head shovel.

Walk along the bulkhead and scrape barnacles in the water. Do this in a few places, spread out by 10-15 yards. Middle of the week in the winter means you can probably walk up and down the bulkhead in front of your neighbors' houses and scrape barnacles as well.

Go find a bunch of hermit crabs (pick up along bay shore), fiddler crabs (watch youtube about how to trap them) or get some live shrimp. You can...extract the hermit crabs with a hammer. I think you could also use dead shrimp or oysters here as well. Fiddler crabs are by far the best (hermit crabs a close second), but you have to go catch them yourself (there are lots of youtube videos about this).

Tie on a single hook (gamakatsu octopus hooks, maybe size 2 or 1/0...sheepies will crush a treble hook), you can use a split shot weight if you want, and drop into the water near the places where you scraped the barnacles.

Generally, this will be good for a bunch of sheepshead, which are fantastic eating fish, if a bit hard to clean. They'll spook if your spots are too close together, generally you can walk the fish up to the house, clean it, rebait your hook, grab a beer, and go catch another.

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Re: Galveston bay side dock fishing [Re: Caliente] #13824094 12/30/20 03:43 AM
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Thanks everyone for the tips. Going to give them a whirl.

Re: Galveston bay side dock fishing [Re: Caliente] #13824408 12/30/20 02:51 PM
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Small paddle tail swimbait on light jigheads(1/16-3/16)
Jerkbait/Twitch bait in deeper holes

Dead fresh shrimp on bottom is sure to get bit by a Red or Black Drum( Best time of year imo to do this)


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hard to beat a old time speck rig with a spincaster.


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Re: Galveston bay side dock fishing [Re: Bayou Burner] #13826040 12/31/20 02:25 PM
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Originally Posted by Bayou Burner
Small paddle tail swimbait on light jigheads(1/16-3/16)
Jerkbait/Twitch bait in deeper holes

Dead fresh shrimp on bottom is sure to get bit by a Red or Black Drum( Best time of year imo to do this)


Yeah -- fish are nearly always around, just have to figure them out.

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