The Brazosport Facts from Freeport, Texas on September 22, 1968 · Page 80
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The Brazosport Facts from Freeport, Texas · Page 80

Freeport, Texas
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Sunday, September 22, 1968
Page 80
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<MMl EMM, TM Brtftoaport fae»». f rmport, f«m. Sunday, Sept., 02. loos Inland fishing offers year-round fun in BP Hading along bays, bayous, rivers tnd offers * year-round ! relaxation for anglers, both "home folks" and tour- Especially in the summer, many families from elsewhere combine fishing with a stay at the beaches where non-fishing members may swim, surf and Mtk up sunshine, there are two fishing piers that extend from the beach Into the Gulf, at Surfstde and at San Luis Pass. Surfslde and Qulntana Jetties are also popular places for fish-catching. Then, there are miles of Inland bays where redflsh, speckled trout, drum and other fish congregate If the weather and water are right. There are creeks and bayous and the new and old Brazos Rivers to fish, too, For those who bring along small boats, there are a few shell ramps,for launching at no cost. Shell roads extend from the Beach Road (County- Road 257) to the ramps. There are numerous bait and fishing camps where boats may be launched for a fee. These businesses handle supplies needed by fishermen, A wide variety of fish are caught at the San Luis Treasure island Pier at San Luis Pass and the Fisherman's Wharf at Surfslde. Both places charge a fee to fish there. About the end of August there were good runs of speckled trout, redflsh and flounder at both piers. In fact, some weekend fish- We stand tall amongst the businesses in Brazosport NORRELL CONSTRUCTION CO HWY 332, FREEPORT 233-6234 ermen took the fish away by the hundreds, often making more than one trip to carry the fish off. Quite a few blueflsh, the "flghtlngest" kind an angler could wish for, are caught at both piers. Blueflsh are caught on the East ami West Coasts but just showed up In good numbers In this area of (tie Gulf a few years ago. Since many people did not recognize them, most blueflsh are being thrown back as "trash fish,"pier employees said. The fish are very tasty. They are shaped somewhat like a mackerel and have a forked tall. Pound for pound they seem tooutbattle speckled trout. The jetties on each side of the ship channel extend out Into the Gulf and provide fishing fun for many people. The main frustration to this kind of fishing Is the loss of tackle as hooks catch on submerged rocks on each side of ; fit the concrete jetties. Often when clear water moves In, klngflsh, red snapper and Spanish mackerel are caught out at the end of the jetties. This comes as a surprise to anglers accustomed to catch- Ing those species only In offshore waters. Croakers, gaff top and hardhead catfish, drum, speckled and sand trout, redflsh, angelfish, flounder and other types are caught at the jetties. ONE STOP BUILDING MATERIALS LAKGK KtUFISJl and a variety ol othar spocteswere caught by.Monetto Karkaaof Angloton while she and her husband operated Fisherman's Wharf at Surfsldo. Bidders' Hordworo Ceiliig Tilo Cement- Portland I Masonry Concrete Products Doors Fasteners Class loards Insolation Mosb ' ST' f '.3 ST* -5 MMONS BUILDJNO SUPPLY CO, 4th Stroot and Pork BE 3-3518 iflfti lumberJreotod Paint Plywood Posts-Creosoted Roofing Materials Rebors Sand Blasting Tools-Hand ft Power Windows Industrial Supplies lumber Moldiig* THIS CATCH Of 09 fish was inaclu by C. L. Smith at Traasur* Island Pier. The catch Included rcd- Msh, spade fish, whiting and croakers. Live or dead shrimp Is the favorite bait but artificial lures often bring In the trout and other fish. Tarpon fishing Is another sport here. Those fish range up to seven feet In length or longer. Tarpon fishermen look for them at the mouth of the New Brazos River and San Luis Pass. Tarpon are also found a short distance offshore In the Gulf. Catching tarpon takes a certain sklll-the silvery fish leap hlgn In the air trying to shake^ loose from a hook-ami they often do. Tarpon have been taken from the bank of the Now Brazos but fishermen generally fish for them In pairs In small boats so one can gaff » tarpon for the other fisherman. Flounder, croakers, rod- fish, trout and other varlc- ties of fish may be caught tn£ the Old Brazos Hlvor which flows as a ship channel through the Jettlos. The rlvor dead- ends at the west end of Free- purl, and Is (Ido-foci. The same types of fish art- caught In thu Intracoastal Canal which flows Inland a short distance from the boaches. Oyster Creek Is well known for Its runs of speckled trout. % It Is also tide-fed fur a distance up .stream. The San Bernard River and various salt lakes In thosouth- west part of tho county pay off with good catchos of fish for anglers who know where to go. Boats are required to jet to the shallow salt lakes win-re fabulous rodflsh catches are*J made at limes. These fish seem to prefer brackish water that Is somewhat murky. Around tho mouth of the river, In the Old Brazos, and In the surf, flounder were caught or gigged by the hundreds in August. Another stream, Baslrop Bayou, flows Into the bays and pays off In reds and trout * when those fish move Into the bayou. This »rea draws many fishermen from Houston and all over the state regularly. The sroal variety of fish and the recreation It offers to young and old alike keopaix-o- ple coming hore as o/tun as possible. _ Tho fishing opportunities are a big factor In Bra/.os- port's efforts to draw more tourists hore. Progress is pointing to a new way off live You walk right in and start a new way of life. And may wo point out THE MOIIIE HOME MAKES YOU HIFICUY AT HOME fVflVWNflf. IT IS THE NIFfCT ANSWfl FOI IUPGETS THAT MUST flOVIDi GIACiFUL IIVING ON A MOMENTS NOTICf Kelley's Mobile Homes uoi iiAzosroiT IIVD. m-oti

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