The Brazosport Facts from Freeport, Texas on September 22, 1968 · Page 71
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The Brazosport Facts from Freeport, Texas · Page 71

Freeport, Texas
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Sunday, September 22, 1968
Page 71
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Recreation-Ret! Estate, The Brazosport Facts, Freeport, Texas, Sunday, Sept., 22, 1388 PAGE -V KINGI isn CAM;: IN I.AIM.V IMS ;«jr ami tins out- •*.!« oaiiKlit ai tin; .rtnl nf lln- Surlsi'lf Jetty in April, v, hen i:lt-ar '".it<T inovi's to (("• \f.i< I.t-s, ,mi;litr.s KI.-I soinr t>|M,'s ul ( fiornull, f.niiitii nifshori* 'inly, KIIIKS usually arruv In |i"':il •.'..iters .il'"Ui .Iniif, "Str-r-lkel" the fisherman shouts as the line Is stripped from his reel. The boat captain shuts down (he engines to Idling us the angler fights a large king mackerel he snagged while trolling. Or perhaps he has tied Into a sail fish — they are some- 11 mes caught by fishermen trolling for kings. This Is part of the excitement of going deep-sea fish- Ing, it sport that draws rnonv people to Urazosporl each year. Ueep-sea fishing Is big bust ness not only for boat operators but businesses which supply food, lodging and supplies for these visitors. Larger boats headed for red snapper banks begin leaving out around ,'J a.m. They glide down the Old Brazos and out Into the Gulf on passing between thu Jetties. It Is customary for anglers to troll on the trips to fishing spots, There are a number of large and small boats catering to llshermcn. A group may charter a boa! for a day or more of fishing, or fishermen may Cet aboard a "straggler" boat where each pays a certain fee. Party Uoats, Inc., at Freeport Is a pioneer in party- boat fishing. The linn operates six boats at present. Two o! (lie treats are 02 feet long and four are G5 feet 111 length. Groups may charter the 52 foot boats for a minimum of $300 a day for 15 or less flsh- errnen. The largor boats charter for a minimum of $500for 20 fishermen or less. on siruggliT trips, the charge is $20 per fisherman with his own tackle and $2.'l l! the firm furnishes the tackle. All the fishermen need to Strike! is call anglers yearn for bring Is their laeklo If they have It, their food and drinks for I lie (Jay. The boats furnish the bait, Ice and Ice water. Party Boats fishermen meet at the Port Cafe at Freeport about 2 a.m. lor rod snapper fishing. There they are met by a Party Uoats representative and obtain their tickets. Fishermen may want lu eat breakfast there or ordur box lunches lo eat later In the day. Then they move to the Party boats docks and board their boats to leave out at 3 a.rn, For klngflshlng trips, the boats leave the docks at Ga.m., as they do not have to travel as far out as the snap|x.-r boats. So:ne ol the fishermen on snapper trips like to start trolling on Die way out — they often get strikes from lop water flsli such as kings ami bill fish. Once the boat captain locates a good snapper lump fisherman bait up, usually with squid, and it's linos over- boa rdl They may be fishing 100-130 feet deep so leads of 12, 1C or perhaps 20 ounces are tied onto the lines. If there Is a strong current It may take more than one weight. A fisherman may have several hooks on Ms line, but two or three Is the usual number. If the snapper are there on the bottom as expected, they strike as soon as the bait arrives. Then It's a hard yank and, a snagged snapper. Or another yank or two and more than one snapper Is reeled up. Red snapper fishing lacks the sport of klngflshlngbut the reward may be many ol the reddish cold, pink eyed, tasty fish. Klngiish may be caught Irorn a !c"A miles offshore. Party boat captains often head for Ihe. shrimp fleets working offshore, The fleet attracts kings by dumping overboard the trash fish taken along with shrimp. The Party Boats captains carry chum (boxes of trash fish) which Is thrown Into the water to atlract the kings. Sand trout and silver eels (ribbon fish) are often used tor bait. Kings, lings, dolphin, bonlta, Spanish mackerel — they all fight the fisherman at every turn of the reel. lied snapper, unless they are large, are usually a dead weight with little fight as they are reeled In. Ked snapper fishing goes on all year long off Freeport. Kings move In about spring or early summer when the water warms enough and stay around until cold weather chases them southward. Another party boat operation Is Fred Cummins' Gulf Fleet Charter Service which works out of Blmco Marina at Surlside. His 43 and 02 footboatswlll carry 17-20 fishermen each. His rates are also $20 a day per fisherman with his own tackle and $23 if Cumtnlns furnishes the tackle. All but food and drink is furnished. Me has two smaller boats (hat charter for $150 a day and will carry up to six fishermen. About a du:'i;n charter boats work out of Bridge Harbor Marina, with the Marina handling the booking. The boats range from 23 to 48 feet In length. Boats carrying three to six fishermen charter from about $75 to $150 a day or generally about $25 a person, the Marina reported. Fishermen need to bring only their food and drinks.'Everything else is furnished. There are seven charter boats working out of Surfside Marina. The boats are from 28 to 50 feet in length and take from three to 18 fishermen each. The price is $25 per person, the Marina said. The captains furnish everything but io'i'l anrl drinks. Gullsidc Manna reported tv.ii charter Uiais work out o; then-, i-.ach Ixiat carries six fishermen ami charters for $150 a trip lor everything but lu'Xl and drink. Psssst... You know the loan you -leod for your new home, there is a nice young man in Free-port who will help you get the kind you want.. CONVENTIONAL VA or FHA 1- Ki.i: lu>.\T I.At NVHlNCj ramps Slave been built oil Cumin Ko.i.l 257 dieach Hn.t.i). At the tup ol the photo Is the shell road .tin! r.imp le.ulim; In .1 li.iy. The beach mad runs armss t!u> ci-nier "i the ph. in. In :<>ri'i;romul is tlu- Gull. Lumber use up in area A spoke.sinaii at \\eslern Lumber and Supply Company r,> ports tluil l '"-' i r lumber business lias seen a s i e .ul > increase over the years, Mrs. Charlie I ir.vru- said that they have provided lumber tor lunnes all over lite Ura.'osport area. She .siauxt that during the past year the majority ul their business has involved new liomes at Suri- Slde. Western Lumber provides materials to cuiurac- tiirs antl oilers tlieir services 10 tlUMll. The lini., which lias bi't-n lor.Ufd in t!ii'il urea fur :tl years, has been active with the do-it-yoursi'li home nnprmvmeius. They provide information and services to Individ uls v. ho are ii; their own work. Fred Frederick 233-3901 Moving With Brazosport PITTS HOUSE MOVERS Serving Brazosport Since 1942 Raising leveling Experienced Workmanship at a Reasonable Cost 2243 Old Fcum Road 433-4541 Oyster Creek P.O. Box 2076 Freeport, Texas Turtle Cove Marine Supply said about six charter boats work out of there at $125 to $150 per charter at about $25 per fishermen. It's also "bring your own food awl drink" with everything else provided. In most Instances, the smaller boats operating out of marinas are captained by their owners who like to fish and find this a way to help pay boat expenses. At times, other owners of boats take out occasional parties of anglers, but not on a regular basis. An advantage of the small boats, say their skippers, Is that they are speedy and this allows more time for fishing. The small boats usually leave the marinas about G-7:30 a.m. The Party Boats, Inc., crafts usually return to docks from 3 to 5 p.m. On the way In, the deckhands clean (except for scaling)' the fish that have been caught during the day. Knowledgeable out-of-town- ers bring large garbage cans in which to ice down their catches when they get to port, especially if they have to drive some distances to get home. The skippers who work ou* of Brazospoft regularly have gotten to know the Gulf floor like the palms of their hands. They know fish are to be found around oil rigs In the Gulf. Ling may be lurking (n the shadows of anchored shrimp trawlers where crews are sleeping by day after shrimping all night. They know kings can usually be found around shrimp fleet operations. This knowledge they put to work to try to give their fishermen a memorable fish trip when they come to Brazosport. ^ -Sleepy Hollow-Willow Wood-Oyster Bend- Three Growing Sub-divisions to Choose From . ..t.'-'XV'.' 1 '••':•••'.•••'.•.••'•••.•. 3 aid 4 •,::-:'(t'''&^^^~^^^^f!-'.'••'•'.; Bedroom Homes Building Beo jfiful Homes to make a Beautiful Brazosport 265-5549 You, The / Progressive People of Brozosport Are Responsible for Our Growth. To You "Thanks" ^ WE ARE SINCERELY PROUD TO SERVE THE PROGRESSIVE BRAZORIA COUNTY AREA WITH THE MODERN AND COMPLETE LINE OF FISHING EQUIPMENT AVAILABLE. ^ f 1ST IN BRAZORIA COUNTY BOTH IN QUALITY & SERVICE PALMER'S Goodi

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