Texas Parks & Wildlife Department

Texas Parks & Wildlife Department – Coastal Fisheries Division will be hosting a series of coastwide public scoping meetings to discuss potential changes to existing fishery regulations. At the meetings TPWD will be scoping several items for the upcoming 2009 statewide hunting and fishing proclamation process. TPWD is considering changes in the current flounder, shark and reef fish regulations. Additionally TPWD will present a new, simpler process for kayak guides to receive certification. You are invited to attend and provide comments.

The meeting in Rockport will be January 14, 2009 at 6 pm at the Aransas County Courtroom at 301 N. Live Oak.

Tonya Wiley
Fisheries Outreach Specialist

and Wildlife Department
Coastal Fisheries Division

Science and Policy Resources Branch

Dickinson Marine Lab
1502 FM 517E

Dickinson, Texas 77539
Phone: 281-534-0131

Fax: 281-534-0120



Captain Angell Fishing Report

Went out for a little while this mourning, Free lining shrimp along the canal. Alot of fish on drop off. I will be going to Fort Worth soon To see my Daughters. Merry Christmas.

Thank You
Capt. Michael Angell
Angell Fishing Guide Service


Great Catches last week.

We are still catching some nice fish , Here are a few pictures from this week, Free lining shrimp, And Sea lice is working well as soft plastics. Captain Mike Angell

Baffin Bay Rodeo

Baffin Bay Rodeo fishing tournament is scheduled for this February 6th, 7th and 8th. $10,000 reward for 1st place. Visit Baffin Bay Rodeo online for more details.


Nice Redfish, Great Catches

Anglers Field Testing a new lure from Brown Lures on 12-11-2008. Captain Mike Singleterry, David Sikes, and Captain Kyle Hodson. These were just a few of the 20+ fish they caught. Nice Job!

Shamrock Cove, Fishing Spot

Shamrock Cove fishing spot is now available. Shamrock Cove is an Auction Item Donated to SEA for their banquet this May 7th, 2009. Your company can bid for this page and have your company logo placed on a custom designed header graphic and ad place in the center linking back to your site.



Al & Susie Lockamy, Great Catches

Al and Susie Lockamy fishing 11/25/08. Captain Angell said, " We had another great day on the water, They caught 3 Flounder and 18 trout, Free lining live shrimp and mud minnows, Started out windy and cool and soon cleared up for a nice day. Capt. Michael Angell


David Hosack, Great Catch

Dr. David Hosack caught some nice fish on East Matagorda Bay on the 22nd of November. Sweet! Guided by Captain Ozzie.


Parking & Boat Launch improvements Passed

This morning the city council vote in favor of the 6.a. resolution authorizing the city manager to submit a grant application to the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department's Safe Boating Access Program in the amount of $500,000 for reconstruction of boat ramp located near JFK Causeway on the North side of State Highway 358 on Packery Channel; with city grant match of $50,000 in the No. 3289 Park and Recreation Capitol Improvement Program (CIP) Fund, and an additional $117,000 grant matches Coastal Bend Bays and Estuaries Program, and Saltwater-fisheries Enhancement Association, and architectural services from Robert Floyd, for total project cost of $667,000.

Also 6.b. Resolutionauthorizing the City Manager to execute an agreement with Coastal Bend Bays and Estuaries Program, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, Texas General Land Office, Texas Department of Transportation, and the Saltwater-fisheries Enhancement Association concerning development of coordinated plan to remedy the boat ramps and parking lot located near the JKF Causeway on the North side State Highway 358 on Packery Channel.

Now it's up to the Texas Parks and Wildlife.
Good news for Clem's and Billings Bait.

Baffin Bay

New Baffin Bay site sponsored by Angell Guide Service.

JustGoFishin.com "Fishin Spots"


Flounder Scoping Meeting

Flounder Scoping Meeting on Wednesday, November 19 at 6 pm in Rockport Texas at Aransas County District Courtroom at 301 N. Live Oak.

Currently the regulations read as follows: Daily bag of 10 (in any combination) Length in inches minimum 14 - no limit. The possession limit for flounder is 10 fish.

Texas Parks & Wildlife will present their findings on the populations of Flounder at the beginning of the meeting and then will open up the floor for discussion.

Here is the excerpt from the Press Release issued by Texas Parks & Wildlife on November 10, 2008

Coastal Fisheries to Look at Flounder. Despite a relatively good year for flounder coast wide this year, TPWD Coastal Fisheries biologists remain concerned about a long-term downward trend in the abundance of southern flounder in Texas bays. Gill net catch rates have fallen from a rate of .14 fish per hour in 1982 to about .03 fish per hour last year.

State fisheries biologists have already met with commercial and recreational fishermen to discuss possible changes to flounder regulations, and have planned a series of public scoping meetings to outline management options and receive input from anyone with an interest in the issue. Management tools at the departmentʼs disposal include:
decreasing the bag limit, increasing minimum size limit, area or time closures and quotas.

Please email me back if you or any fishermen you know have an opinion or view of any changes to the Flounder regulations.

We're trying to get opinions from fishermen on this subject. TPWD will be making changes. Please take survey on top right of page.

Charlie Erigan
SEA VP Inshore Resources

Below are our final results from online survey.

Decrease the bag limit: 13 Votes, 61%
Increase Minimum size limit: 7 Votes, 33%
Area or Time Closures: 5 Votes, 23%
All of the above: 6 Votes, 28%

Results sent to the SEA & Texas Parks & Wildlife.
Thank you all for your participation.


Luis Wilmont, Great Catch

Edwin Wilmont caught these nice trout at the Railroad Tracks. Sweet! Caught them on artificial lures. Fishing for about 3 and a half hours on November 10, 2008.


Vince and Dwayne, Great Catches

Kayak fishing on the West side of Mustang Island, Vince & Dwayne caught these nice Redfish on top water lures.


Paul Hanna, Great Catches

Paul Hanna caught these nice fish yesterday at Matagorda Bay. Guided by Ozzie Arnold. Paul caught 20 trout, 5 Flounder, and 6 Redfish. The 2 trout Paul is holding up measured at 28 1/2" and the other trout was 28". Sweet!

If your Fishin Matagorda... You should take Ozzie Arnold with ya. Tell'em JustGoFishin sent ya!


Third Coast Kayak Fishing Series 2008

What a great tournament! Third Coast Kayak Series does it again with a great way to finish out the year. October 25th was the last leg of the 2008 Kayak Series. Great Sponsors, Great Kayak Anglers and Great Third Coast Kayak Fishing organization. 37 anglers going head to head in the Aransas Pass surrounding areas. It was a great day for fishing for everyone.

Third Coast Kayak Fishing Series Sponsors:

Meet & Greet Friday Night.

Team Ocean

Third Coast Kayak Series Raffle

Debi & Jerry are awarded Dinner Gift Cards for appreciation
Saturday Morning 6:04 Start Time
Breakfast Tailgate & Pick-up "Catch, Photo, Release Rulers.
Each Ruler is specifically made for each Tournament.

Hooks in the Water by 7:34am
Everything Kayak Expo
Jerry B's Kayak's

Third Coast Kayak Fishing Series

Here By Honors:
Salt Water Angler
For Outstanding Support & Lasting Contribution
Julie Behnke, Debi Book, Ron Behnke
The Judging Begins 1:00pm to 4:00pm
As you can see... this is serious stuff!

Dinner is Served
(While Debi B Crunches the Numbers)

More Raffle of some great prizes!

In Appreciation for Debi and Jerry Book

Third Coast Kayak Fishing Series

Here By Honors All Contributors:
For Outstanding Support and Lasting Contribution
2008 Team of the Year
Team Ocean
Smallest Trout
Paul Martinez

3rd Place Trout, $75
Tom Bulger

2nd Place Trout, $150
Joe Peddy

1st Place Trout, Accent Paddle
Daniel Cortez

Smallest Redfish, Keen Shoe's
Joe Adam's

3rd Place Redfish, $75
Henry Stokes

2nd Place Redfish, $150
Matt Anderson

1st Place Redfish, Accent Paddle
Mark Owen

3rd Place Stringer, $250
Filip Spensor
2st Place Stringer, $500
Mike Auer

1st Place Stringer, $1000
Larry Carwin

2008 Winners
2008 Angler of the Year, $2000
Vincent Rinando

Jeff Mills, Debi Book, Jim Dolen
Best Sports Women
Jane Hemby
Congratulations to all this 2008 season!
Third Coast Kayak Fishing Series