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Tuesday, May 31. 2011
It was a hot afternoon and Jim Buck and I were fishing in lower West Galveston Bay, having good luck on specs, with some five or six pound, gafftopsail catfish, or gafftops, thrown in. Gafftops are slimy, slimy, but offer an excellent fight, and when fried, offer excellent table fare. After each gafftop that we caught, we had to clean the slime off of our line and leader and if we kept one to eat, we ended up with a major chore cleaning our cooler.
Paying no attention to the storm forming west of us we continued fishing and continued catching fish. Whatâ€™s a little storm if youâ€™re catching fish? Soon, as the storm came closer, lightning popping along its front edge, the wind picking up, common sense overtook our desire to catch fish, and we headed back to the east and the safe harbor, at Jamaica Beach. We were making 35 in my boat, but it seemed, that the faster we went, the storm went faster and this storm turned out to be a bad one!
The storm caught up with us, the lightning scary, after we passed Snake Island and taking the sharp turn into the Jamaica Beach, channel, I cut the engines and coasted up to the dock. One boat was loading and we were next. The wind was blowing at least 60, slamming things around, but thank goodness, the loading ramp, at water level, offered about 4 feet of protection. If we raised our heads, the blowing sand and spray stung like needles.
Peeping over the edge of my boatâ€™s deck, looking north toward the mainland, I saw a small boat, fighting the storm and heading our way. Nothing unusual, a small boat heading in, but as I looked closer, I saw a waterspout right behind it. He was going about 25 and the waterspout was keeping up with him, not catching him, but staying about a 100 yards to his rear.
The small boat cleared the north end of Karankawa Reef and at full speed, made a hard right, across the bay, toward the Jamaica Beach channel. Lucky for him the waterspout continued east towards Greenâ€™s Cut. Soon the back edge of the storm passed over us and we successfully loaded our boat on the trailer.
We then helped the lone fisherman in the small boat that the waterspout chased. He was wet, scared, glad to be ashore and away from the waterspout. He said, â€œI thought it had me and I was afraid to turn because I thought it would follow me.â€
We never saw him again. I bet he took up a safer hobby!
Posted by Jon Bryan in Fishing at 08:05 | Comments (0) | Trackbacks (0)
Wednesday, September 12. 2007
Late in the summer, several years ago, Dana Sawyer and I had a big fishing trip lined up the coming Saturday, taking along one of Danaâ€™s good customers. We were going thirty-five miles south of Galveston Island to the Buccaneer Rigs, which were supposedly covered up with Kingfish. Danaâ€™s customer had never been offshore fishing before and had asked Dana to take him sometime. We tried not to take â€œpilgrimsâ€ offshore, but the weather forecast was excellent and we figured we could handle whatever came up. Yeah!
Continue reading "The Smugglers"
Posted by Jon Bryan in Weather at 08:05 | Comment (1) | Trackbacks (0)
Thursday, May 24. 2007
We had not had a damaging freeze on the coast for sixteen years and game fish and bait fish stocks were at record highs. Weather permitting, the Galveston Jetties were loaded with keepers, the weather had cooperated and our freezers were already full of filets.
I had received another promotion with the large computer company and with that had purchased a beach house at Jamaica Beach, ten miles west from the end of the Galveston Sea Wall. Launching at Jamaica Beach I was now five to ten minutes from some great bay fishing spots, Greenâ€™s Cut, the Wreck, Confederate Reef and North and South Deer Islands. My favorite South Jetty spot was only thirty minutes by boat.
Continue reading "One More Cast"
Posted by Jon Bryan in Fishing at 08:12 | Comments (2) | Trackbacks (0)
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