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Old 06-12-2021, 11:19 AM   #1
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Looking at renting a house in a couple weeks at Surfside. Is there any convenient fishing where my boy could wet a hook?


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Old 06-12-2021, 11:26 AM   #2
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Looking at renting a house in a couple weeks at Surfside. Is there any convenient fishing where my boy could wet a hook?


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Hey, brother, I hope you are doing well. I'm glad you're taking your boy fishing. My wife and I love surf fishing when the surf is right, no overhead waves. When the surf is up, you could always take him to the jetties. Good fishing there too. Drop me a note and I could meet up with you.
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Old 06-12-2021, 11:33 AM   #3
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Straight off the beach. The closer up towards the pass the fishing will get better. He can throw fish bites and catch fish all day standing on the sand.

Throw gulp, shrimp, mullet, etc. If you want a shot at catching some bigger fish.

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Old 06-12-2021, 02:42 PM   #4
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Straight off the beach. The closer up towards the pass the fishing will get better. He can throw fish bites and catch fish all day standing on the sand.

Throw gulp, shrimp, mullet, etc. If you want a shot at catching some bigger fish.

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What type of equipment would we need? We are bass/catfish guys.


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Old 06-12-2021, 03:11 PM   #5
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Bass tackle works for most surf fish.... until you get into a shark etc. But those are not real common. Toward the east/ SLP area the better fishing. Jetties can be good but crowded @ times.
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That will work. I use 2500 spinning reels on 7'and 7'6" M and ML rods with 20# braid. Have caught all the way up to 40 plus lb big uglys no issue.

Only thing that will really cause more is if you hook a big jack or monster red or shark, may get spooled, may not in that instance.

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Bass tackle works for most surf fish.... until you get into a shark etc. But those are not real common. Toward the east/ SLP area the better fishing. Jetties can be good but crowded @ times.
The surf is full of sharks right now.. Some big bull sharks are being caught daily.. 5-6 footers..

Your tackle selection will depend on what fish you want to target.. Catfishing gear will work for most surf dwellers.
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You might want to bring your chainsaw with you to clear a spot to fish
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Old 06-12-2021, 08:27 PM   #9
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You might want to bring your chainsaw with you to clear a spot to fish

Yes, we are down right now and itís pretty bad. We are staying right at the city limits line on the east side and it looks a lot like your picture. However the county side has been cleaned up (except for the sargassum).


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When was this? I stayed at Bluewater RV park last weekend and didnít see anything that resembled this.


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Old 06-12-2021, 08:40 PM   #11
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All that Brazos River run off piled up on the beach.

OP, Surfside is a great option because of the jetties if the surf is too rough. But even if rough, as Flex posted, you can catch whiting on the Berkley Powerbait products and they are some of the best eating fish in the Gulf.

If fishing the jetties, get a 5 gallon bucket and an aerator and get a pint or quart of live shrimp. Fish them on a small treble under a popping cork, or free line along the jetty and you will catch fish, sheepshead, trout, maybe a redfish and lots of other "trash" fish, but they will pull.

The rod/reels you have will work, just give them a good cleaning when you get home, obviously try and keep them out of the water, but if they get dunked it's not the end of them, happens all the time, just open them up and clean them that night.

Look at the Father's Day thread started by Sackett, there is a tropical system brewing, so wait a couple weeks, let that pass and the surf settle before you come down.
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When was this? I stayed at Bluewater RV park last weekend and didnít see anything that resembled this.


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Yesterday. Bad flooding on the brazos
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Yesterday. Bad flooding on the brazos

Wow! Thatís crazy


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TBH bonfire?
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Green water moved in to the 2nd sand bar today. Was able to get out there and have a little fun.


Fish bites on a Carolina rig were money at catching whiting for bait.


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I’m going to head down in the morning and try for some trout. I’ll be solo if anyone wants to join me.
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Iím going to head down in the morning and try for some trout. Iíll be solo if anyone wants to join me.
Wish I could. Haven't made it back since that day we fished last year. Lifes hard sometimes! Give em He**

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Old 06-18-2021, 05:22 PM   #19
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We are getting to Surfside Sunday afternoon and staying until Wednesday morning. The house we rented is right at the north end of all the houses on the beach.

If anyone is going to be down there we would love to hook up so you can show us how to fish!


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So I went to nearly the same exact spot you were and just walked out to the beach and fished. Had a blast... caught 1 whiting and 3 catfish. I had never done this before and took advice also... I used fishbites on a hi/lo rig... My biggest issue was when I would cast, about 50% of the time my 3 oz pyramid weight would snap the line. I learned that I needed a shock leader of about 20 lbs per oz - so a 60 lbs test shock leader roughly 2.5x the length of the rod (25 ft)... This would have helped me out tremendously...

With that said, when I went looking for 60 lbs test after the first day, locals were telling me I was doing it all wrong and hi/lo was not the way to go. They said I should have been using a tear drop weight. This allowed the current to manhandle my bait and everything ended up going sideways. It did not make for a pleasurable day of fishing. If I could do it again, I would have gone with the shock leader and hi/lo set up... GOOD LUCK!
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Old 06-18-2021, 05:55 PM   #21
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So I went to nearly the same exact spot you were and just walked out to the beach and fished. Had a blast... caught 1 whiting and 3 catfish. I had never done this before and took advice also... I used fishbites on a hi/lo rig... My biggest issue was when I would cast, about 50% of the time my 3 oz pyramid weight would snap the line. I learned that I needed a shock leader of about 20 lbs per oz - so a 60 lbs test shock leader roughly 2.5x the length of the rod (25 ft)... This would have helped me out tremendously...

With that said, when I went looking for 60 lbs test after the first day, locals were telling me I was doing it all wrong and hi/lo was not the way to go. They said I should have been using a tear drop weight. This allowed the current to manhandle my bait and everything ended up going sideways. It did not make for a pleasurable day of fishing. If I could do it again, I would have gone with the shock leader and hi/lo set up... GOOD LUCK!

If we go out there fishing and catch 4 Iím going to be pizzíd.


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Haha. It was a family trip... I got about 4 hours total to fish 2 days, and half that I felt like I wasn't doing it right. The fishbites on a hi/lo rig with a 3 oz pyramid i felt was the way to go. Wish I had more time to go out there.
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So I went to nearly the same exact spot you were and just walked out to the beach and fished. Had a blast... caught 1 whiting and 3 catfish. I had never done this before and took advice also... I used fishbites on a hi/lo rig... My biggest issue was when I would cast, about 50% of the time my 3 oz pyramid weight would snap the line. I learned that I needed a shock leader of about 20 lbs per oz - so a 60 lbs test shock leader roughly 2.5x the length of the rod (25 ft)... This would have helped me out tremendously...

With that said, when I went looking for 60 lbs test after the first day, locals were telling me I was doing it all wrong and hi/lo was not the way to go. They said I should have been using a tear drop weight. This allowed the current to manhandle my bait and everything ended up going sideways. It did not make for a pleasurable day of fishing. If I could do it again, I would have gone with the shock leader and hi/lo set up... GOOD LUCK!
You just need to learn to cast. I fish 20-30# braid on my surf set ups, and never use a shock leader, even throwing 4-6oz weights.

To the guy getting there Sunday, just bad luck on the timing, the surf is going to be big this week. You will need big weights to keep a bait pinned. Iím not really a surf fishing guru, but I just avoid it all together when itís rough and the current is going. Iím not real sure exactly where youíre at, as houses run pretty much all the way to San Luis Pass, with a few open spaces in between. Your best bet just to get some pulls, is to go buy some single dropper leaders, small hooks and a 2oz weight, and a pound of dead shrimp. Go to the pass and cast as far as you can. Donít get in the water. Or something on the bay side. You can try the surf but itís going to be rough, muddy and just a pain to fish.
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Old 06-18-2021, 07:23 PM   #24
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You just need to learn to cast. I fish 20-30# braid on my surf set ups, and never use a shock leader, even throwing 4-6oz weights.

To the guy getting there Sunday, just bad luck on the timing, the surf is going to be big this week. You will need big weights to keep a bait pinned. Iím not really a surf fishing guru, but I just avoid it all together when itís rough and the current is going. Iím not real sure exactly where youíre at, as houses run pretty much all the way to San Luis Pass, with a few open spaces in between. Your best bet just to get some pulls, is to go buy some single dropper leaders, small hooks and a 2oz weight, and a pound of dead shrimp. Go to the pass and cast as far as you can. Donít get in the water. Or something on the bay side. You can try the surf but itís going to be rough, muddy and just a pain to fish.

We are going to be 3.6 miles north of the jetty at Surfside park. This will be my 5th trip to coast to go fishing. It has sucked every time Iíve gone. Sounds like this is going to be #6.


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We are going to be 3.6 miles north of the jetty at Surfside park. This will be my 5th trip to coast to go fishing. It has sucked every time Iíve gone. Sounds like this is going to be #6.


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That storm is biting you this time. Hard to get good days for the surf. You definitely need to go fish the jetty though.
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Yep. You’re close to the jetties, just go out and put some shrimp on the bottom. You will catch something.
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I’m headed that way right now. Dad wants to go fishing for Father’s Day.

Well probably hit the river and try for Blues or Yellows. Might get in the old river behind a buddies house.

Surf is going to be blown out.

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Iím headed that way right now. Dad wants to go fishing for Fatherís Day.

Well probably hit the river and try for Blues or Yellows. Might get in the old river behind a buddies house.

Surf is going to be blown out.

Good luck
How far up do you go for the yellows? Ive caught blues at the mouth of the brazos by the tons...but never a yellow?
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