It’s been some years since my childhood friend, Ryan Huffman and I fished together. As kids, whenever we had a chance to get out on Galveston Bay to catch some keepers, we were there! So, when he came into town this week, and reports started flooding in of trout bites and catches, I knew we had to get back on Galveston Bay to catch some keepers.
Ryan, his son, Blake, Captain Juan, and I left the dock before 6am on Tuesday, and we headed to the wells, and let’s just say it was a busy morning on the boat! We caught a variety of fish and about 50 speckled trout at eight different wells! Most of them, though, were under 15 inches and had to be thrown back. We ended up with 12 keepers. The moral of the story, though? The trout are here, and it’s a great time to get out there and catch some!
Here are a few tips for you:
Take advantage of the good fishing this week. You can catch our sought after Speckled Trout, but you can also fill your boat with drum, sheepshead, and redfish, which have all been caught in a decent abundance this summer. That’s what we did when we fished with my friend, Ryan, and he and his son went home with enough fish for a huge fish fry for his entire family.
We all plan that perfect day to head out on Galveston Bay, and there are few things more disappointing than our trip being delayed, canceled, or even worse, being stranded because of a dead battery.
We have talked to thousands of boaters over the years, and we discovered most have battery issues. Eric did lots of research. There are a lot of battery options, but unfortunately the measures in place for quality are not the same for each company that sells a battery. After his own positive experience with Interstate Battery as a boat salesman, a boat owner, and through his conversations with Interstate Battery and learning more about their high standards, he decided to move forward and be an Interstate Battery Dealer at Eagle Point Fishing Camp so our customers could receive what we believe is the highest quality battery.
So, what does that mean for you?
We love giving you the best service, and we know having Interstate Batteries available at Eagle Point Fishing Camp will help improve your fishing trip on Galveston Bay.
Captain Rafael is like family to us at Eagle Point Fishing Camp. He started fishing out of Eagle Point as a child, and even when he moved away for college and his career, he has made Eagle Point a second home during the summer months. Captain Rafael keeps his boat and RV at Eagle Point, and in the summer, for years, he's brought his daughters down for long weekends and even weeks. The girls started fishing with him from about the preschool age, and through lots of practice, they've learned the groove of fishing as a family, and they absolutely love their time together on Galveston Bay with their dad.
We asked Captain Rafael for his advice on introducing fishing to your children and how to create lasting memories with your family. Here are his top tips:
1. Food & Drinks: Bring plenty of things they enjoy snacking and drinking. Things they would normally not get at home. I also try and treat them to lunch/dinner of their choosing afterwards.
2. Shade & Protection: If they are miserable, they won’t want to come back. Make sure you provide shade for them during the summer and plenty of sunscreen. Sunburns are not fun.
3. High Percentage Opportunities: You might fish all day and find it fun, kids won’t. Mix in some Black Drum fishing or something else to help pass the time in between chasing the Trout and Reds.
4. Educate Them: Take time to educate the kids on their surroundings. I always have the kids on the lookout for dolphins and stop to watch them work when spotted. We talk about the cloud patterns, the winds, the water clarity, etc. Teach them what to look for and talk to them like a peer, they will learn more than you think.
5. Keep It Fun: There are times I can see on their face, they’ve lost interest. Change it up. Let them drive the boat or take them into Galveston for a quick trip to the candy store. They won’t forget it. Remember, if you want your kids to keep fishing with you, you need to be a part-time fishing guide, teacher, babysitter, and father. Promise you…you’ll learn and hear things that will surprise you.
6. Stay Patient: They are going to screw up, get tangled, break rods, etc. Don’t get angry, take a deep breath, and remember, you did the same thing when you were first learning.
Fishing is more than just teaching them how to fish. It's about building a bond with your kids. Rafael adds, "The good lord blessed me with two beautiful girls. They were raised on a boat and go with me everywhere. They know how to hunt, fish, camp, etc. During these times they not only learn about their environment, but I get a chance to learn about them, their friends, how school is going, their troubles, and their successes -- Things they might not tell their mother. These experiences and the closeness you get will keep your kids close to you and not the street. While it makes my wife jealous at times, my relationship with my girls is something I cherish."
Captain Rafael is part of Galveston Bay Fishing Guides and is available for fishing charters for you and your family. Below is a video of his day on the water with one of his daughters and dog.
Memorial Day Weekend is finally here! It’s the unofficial (official) start to summer for Eagle Point Fishing Camp and Waterman’s Harbor, along with everyone who owns a boat and wants to be on Galveston Bay. That being said, we expect lots of traffic on the bay this weekend, and we asked Captain Juan and Captain David to share a few tips to keep you and your loved ones safe.
Memorial Day Weekend is just a week away, and at Eagle Point Fishing Camp, we’re ready to help you prepare your boat for a fun summer season on Galveston Bay. After all, we’re all about fishing made simple, and a part of that is not running into problems! We can’t say enough how important boat maintenance and preparation are to not only have a safe experience on the water but also an enjoyable one.
Here are our four tips to getting your boat ready for Galveston Bay this summer.
1. Thoroughly Inspect Your Boat:
Finally, keep your first trip on the water close to the marina and short. Make sure everything is working properly during your first trip. Then, plan on the longer trip after you work out any potential kinks.
We’re excited for you to get your boat ready and head down to Eagle Point Fishing Camp this summer.
May 10th is National Shrimp Day! There is nothing more delicious that cooking up some Galveston Bay shrimp right off the boat, and that's what you can purchase for you and your family at Eagle Point Fishing Camp.
Below is one of our favorite family recipes Girl With the Iron Cast.
We use a lot of shortcuts at our house because meals need to be fast with three hungry boys. We buy pre-shredded cabbage for garnish, and when I'm in a rush, I purchase the bottled dressing to drizzle on top of our tacos. Our favorites are H-E-B Sriracha Ranch or Bolthouse Farms Cilantro Avocado Dressing, and while the latter is healthier, the first is the real winner!
Here is the Recipe from Girl With the Iron Cast:
Prepping the shrimp:
Serving: 1, Calories: 950kcal (48%), Carbohydrates: 173g (58%), Protein: 43g (86%), Fat: 9g (14%), Saturated Fat: 1g (6%), Polyunsaturated Fat: 6g, Cholesterol: 161mg (54%), Sodium: 935mg (41%), Fiber: 10g (42%), Sugar: 4g (4%)