Offshore Sabine, TX

Discussion in 'Offshore Fishing Reports' started by jon3030, Sep 13, 2007.

  1. jon3030

    jon3030 Junior member

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    I am relocating to TX from the East coast (with my boat) and looking for some info. on the bluewater fishing south of Sabine Pass/Port Arthur area. How far do you have to go for mahi, blackfin/yellowfin tuna and wahoo? What species can you catch closer to shore (20-40 miles)?

    Thanks in advance.
     
  2. Fishhead56

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    Sabine Pass is a great place to put out from.

    Sabine Lake, Spec. trout, flounder

    Sabine Jetties, Red drum, Black Drum to 40 lb, Sting Ray to 200lb Spec.Trout and Spanish Mac.

    5 to 20 miles, regular mix of Texas Gulf coastal fish, From the platforms when the waters green, Red drum, King mac, Shark, Tarpon. LIng, The start of different snapper speices. bottom and free line bait fishing.

    20 to 50 King, Ling, Snapper, Amber Jack, Barracuda, Maybe a Sail or grouper and start getting some Dophin on the weed lines. Bottom, free line bait and trolling @ platforms.

    50 - 80 miles starts the blue water bite with water depths 150 to 300'
    Red snapper, ling, AJ, Hammer Head shark, Mixed Gruoper, Dolphin, Wahoo, Sails, Blackfin from the platforms and Shrimp boats. Deep drop and trolling.

    Beyond 80 the platform deep drop fishing can be insane for monster grouper. AJ's. as this is getting closer to the shelf.

    On the shelf and beyond the platforms need to be floating\suspended because of the depth. And these become the focus for YFT, Wahoo and MR. Billfish.


    As any where different fish, different areas at different times of the year.

    For example right now a night targeting Bull Reds and Tarpon @ 5 to 20 miles

    just for sport,

    Later Dec, to March, AJ's, BFT, Groupers for meat.

    If you got a boat to fish out of bring it down it would be worth you time.
    If you got a car with out AC leave it behind it won't be worth nothing :)
     

  3. Ragman

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    Welcome to 360 -and to Texas- Jon!

    Great info FH!
     
  4. jon3030

    jon3030 Junior member

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    Thanks for the info, looking forward to getting out there!!
     
  5. jon3030

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    Fishhead/Ragman,

    Have either of you ever fished the Stetson Bank? What could I expect to catch there by trolling/jigging? Do the Yellowfins ever make it in that close?
     
  6. Fishhead56

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    I googled Stetson Bank after I wrote the below heres one of several diving related links. Same place ??
    Stetson Bank Trip - August 96

    3030.
    Did you mean Stetson Rock?
    @ 75' it follows the outline I posted above.
    Kings, Snapper, Grouper.
    I've drift\jigged ,drift bottom fished and trolled the area
    at different times of the year with success.

    Here's some sample reports from Galveston by others.

    Reports from Galveston for Stetson Rock

    June time report,
    Several wrecks and old coral outcroppings in 75' to 80' of water were fished. We were fishing Spanish Sardines fished at or near the bottom over a wreck in 75' of water and with in roughly 30 minutes, 39 sow red snapper from 14 to 21 pounds had been decked
    March time report,
    The first stop was at Stetson Rock which is about 72 miles to the SE. The 75 ft. deep water gave up 63 kingfish to a really nice 41 pounds by the time they left.

    The Herald Bank also sits between Galveston and Sabine pass. It is also a well known area.

    Although the natural bottom is pretty flat and bland in our area out to 100 miles.
    It has been said this area might have the Best, Most, Greatest, (pick one) gathering of accidental artfical reefs in the world provided by our local energy industry.

    Great days of fishing have been made for me from the Sabine Jetties
    simply driven by sea conditions and fuel capacitiy. From Sabine heading towards the West Cameron blocks (areas set up and named by the oil guys)
    There is always another platform on the horizon to check. Many of the platforms will have floating tye off bouy's the size of a small bus close by
    that I try to troll (dolphin, wahoo) prior to setting up on a platform.
    Now also their are wrecks, rocks, surmerged pilings and platform legs to be found and fished in the area also. But that would be another discovery phase of fishing our Texas and La. waters.

    An area that I've yet to explore are a bunch of abandoned, sunken platforms moved to the High Island Block areas starting 70 miles from Galveston, these are part of the Texas reef program.

    The moving targets that produce Tuna, Wahoo, Dolphin are the anchored Shrimp boats and weed lines. These are summer time possibilities and best
    when the blue water comes within reach of ones boat.

    So to try to answer the 2nd part of your question. I've personnely have never hooked a Tuna from over bottom structure in the Gulf. The closest in for me have been from behind deep water shrimpers. Yes even YFT, but that was father down the coast.

    What area of the east coast are you x-fering from?

    Later

    Kevin
     
  7. Mitchw123456

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    I doubt seriously he was referring to Heald bank as its only 32 miles from the north jetty in Galveston. I fish this area alot strictly because it holds tons of fish and its close. I would imagine a run to heald bank out of Sabine woud be a pretty fair clip.
     
  8. jon3030

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    I am moving from the Cape Cod area and I am addicted to chasing tuna. We mostly catch Bluefin tuna up here using squid bars and butterfly jigs, etc. I guess what I really want to know is how long of a run from Sabine Pass will I have to get to the shrimp boats to catch tuna/wahoo/dolphin? My boat only has about a 200 mile range and I want to limit the fuel burn as much as possible.
     
  9. TeamOso

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    i dont know bout sabine but in pt a there are less than 60 for the most, just finding the one holding the bft is the trick.
    Kevin
     
  10. jon3030

    jon3030 Junior member

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    Not sure what pt is? When you say 60 are you talking miles?
     
  11. TeamOso

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    Not sure what pt is? When you say 60 are you talking miles?
    Port Aransas, and yes, im for sure no expert but there have been shrimpers all over on the 12hrs and we stay within <60 miles. No idea on if they hold the tuna yet, its too early we start after them later in the season.

    Kevin
     
  12. Fishhead56

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    The shortest route to the shelf will be from the ports in the coastal bend area of TX. or from Grand Isle - Venice LA.

    From Sabine Pass it's a trip.
     

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  13. Fishhead56

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    Plenty of time here in Kuwait to surf the web until I get back to Galveston.
    So I have learned that YFT have been sited by divers @ Stetson bank. Report was July of 99
    Kev.

    "Over night, we moved approximately 40 miles towards shore to our next site, Stetson Bank."

    Breakfast (eggs, bagels, pastries)

    Dive 5: 76 feet, 34 minutes

    This was a much better site. The bottom depth ranged from 60 to 66 feet. There is a wall drop off that plunges to 400 feet. Much different bottom compistion. Large rocky upcroppings hide a larger number of crustaceans (shrip, crab and lobsters). Also, much larger number of big fish (5-6 barracuda, jacks, yellow fin tuna, and a few grouper). A couple of dive pairs encountered a good size tuna.

    2:00 surface interval

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  14. jon3030

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    Stetson Bank is 109nm from Sabine Pass. Definitely doable in the right conditions....
     
  15. Ragman

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    Plenty of time here in Kuwait to surf the web until I get back to Galveston.
    So I have learned that YFT have been sited by divers @ Stetson bank. Report was July of 99
    Kev.

    "Over night, we moved approximately 40 miles towards shore to our next site, Stetson Bank."

    Dive 5: 76 feet, 34 minutes

    This was a much better site. The bottom depth ranged from 60 to 66 feet. There is a wall drop off that plunges to 400 feet. Much different bottom compistion. Large rocky upcroppings hide a larger number of crustaceans (shrip, crab and lobsters). Also, much larger number of big fish (5-6 barracuda, jacks, yellow fin tuna, and a few grouper). A couple of dive pairs encountered a good size tuna.

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    Great find Kev and thanks for all you and your buddies are doing for us over here!!!

    I'd like to read the full report if you could post a link!
     
  16. hdc77494

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    Jon,

    The upper Texas Coast (North of Galveston), and the lower Louisiana for that matter, are affected by mud running out the mouth of the Mississippi.

    If your boat is trailerable, Venice LA has spectacular YFT, Sail, and Marlin 60-70 miles out. It's about 6 hours from Port Arthur. There is a great, and I mean great redfish fishery at Lake Calcasieu, LA, about 50 miles from Port Arthur. While the near shore Gulf is shallow, it's covered by hundreds of rigs, platforms, abandoned wells, etc, providing lots of structure for ocean fish. 1000 foot water is about 100 miles off Port Arthur, 75 miles from Galveston, and 50 from Port O'Conner and Port Aransas. The water on the beach is sandy brown well past Galveston most days. As you move further down the coast, the water gets cleaner and cleaner. I've seen blue water on the beach in Port A in the winter.

    You'll have a great time, and the fishing's good about 9 months of the year.

    Welcome to Texas!

    Dave
     
  17. jon3030

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    Are there ever any bonito nearshore??
     
  18. awesum

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    Are there ever any bonito nearshore??


    Yes