Part of my quest to live a healthier life and lose weight is to become more active in the great outdoors. This Saturday we went to The Galveston Fishing Pier. We’ve been talking about going fishing for years and when my husband’s brother said they wanted to go we said yes.
As a kid my sister and I went fishing with our grandparents every summer at Aransas Pass Texas. They always strung up and baited our lines, and when we caught fish they took them off the hooks, so I knew nothing of doing that myself. My husband and I have been deep sea fishing a few times but on those trips the rods were already set up. I did learn how to take a fish off a hook and set the hook up with squid, but still hadn’t set up a rig on a line.
Wanting to learn to fish, but not knowing where to go in Galveston, we followed his brother’s recommendation to go to The Galveston Fishing Pier. I was pleasantly surprised at how well it was kept up and how friendly all of the staff were. The pier was well kept as well. At the right half of the pier, where it goes off to the sides in a T, the right half was restricted to surf rods at a maximum of 10 feet. We chose to set up on the right side of the pier.
We had already set up our rigs to catch Red Fish and Trout so once we got there we cast our lines in, and almost immediately I caught a small croaker. He was so small and would make great bait, but I threw him back. Shortly after this I caught another one, but the shrimp lure I had rigged up had caught him in the mouth and he had impaled himself into the other treble hook. I gently unhooked him, but determined that he wasn’t going to make it, so we used him as bait.
I had read that people caught lots of red fish and trout here, but no one was catching anything but croaker and baby sharks, so I decided to take this lethal lure off and set up my own rig using a circle hook and weight. I had never set up a rig, I had just learned how to tie a loop knot the night before, but what the heck, no one was catching anything anymore. I managed it and was really proud of it. Soon after I dropped it into the water I caught my first baby shark! My first rig caught a shark. I was so excited! I threw it back and shortly after I caught another. Crazy cool!
His brother caught a beautiful speckled trout and my husband caught a sand trout and they were keepers so we put them in our cooler and ate them that night. Soon after this no one was catching anything for a long time. We were getting hungry so we went off to get some food to go at the restaurant above the peer. The cost of a burger and fries was $10 which was pricey for a burger that was ok but hey it was our first time and we wanted to have the full experience. Yes it was a burger and fries but it was my free day (day to treat myself so I don’t get burned out on eating right). I still practiced some restraint though and only ate half of each.
After a couple more hours of no one catching much of anything we decided to leave around 4:30. We had been fishing for five hours. I got a couple of scoops of chocolate ice cream and we drove to my mom-in-law’s house to hang out for dinner. We finally got home around 11pm but it was such a wonderful day.
We woke up feeling like a truck had hit us, every muscle sore, but I would do it again and hope to soon. Going fishing is kind of off topic for the blog, but not too far off the mark. Getting outside, away from the TV and becoming active is important and this was our first adventure of the summer. I feel good about what we accomplished.
This picture is of me with my little shark. I’m at 230 pounds here.