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I went to Galveston this past Sunday to see how Hurricane Ike had affected some Galveston bait shops and beach access areas. Smitty's Bait & Tackle is the only bait shop that is open around the 61st street Offats Bayou area. They don't have too much bait right now other than live finger mullet and live/dead shrimp. During the storm they took on 5 feet of water, but the building stayed intact due to it being built on cinder blocks. They did loose their offshore bait cooler. Bayou Bait & Tackle is just a slab of concrete right now and Uncle Bucks is closed due to damage.

On the West End you can drive onto the beach at the 7.5, 8, and 13 mile road entrances. I didn't check the beaches farther West than 13 Mile Road. The Offats Bayou boat ramp on 61st street is OK as well as the boat ramp next to the Waterman Seafood Grill at Pirates Cove in West Bay. There is plenty of sand to drive on at East Beach. The Far East End at the Houston Ship Channel has lots of debris between the road and the channel. There's also lot's of beach at the South Jetty . Just be careful and not park too close to the water (see unlucky car and truck pictures).

Here's the pics:


Smittys is open

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Bayou is gone

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Uncle Bucks closed

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Offats Bayou boat ramp

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Front of 89th Street Pier

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89th Street broken pier

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End of Seawall West End

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Beach erosion 7 mile road

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Woodys open 7.5 mile road

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First drive to beach on West End – 7.5 mile road

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8 mile road entrance

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Water getting closer to beach houses at 8 mile road

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Can drive a lot to West at 8 mile road

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13 mile road entrance

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13 mile road looking East

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13 mile road looking West – New water gut

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Waterman Grill boat ramp – Pirates Cove

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Ike dumping ground on West End

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61st rock groin

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The Spot was packed and rocking

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Plenty of sand at East beach

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It's hard to carry your kayak to the water at the Houston Ship channel

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HSC debris looking North

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Apffel Park not taking money right now

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South Jetty entrance

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Not a good parking spot

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This truck was pulled out

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What was this person thinking? James Bond car?

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Now if I only can find some large mullet (under 12 inches) for bait.

It's a keeper
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By Mythman
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Great information and pics........thanks Tom!!!!

Now I got to plan a trip!!!!

Mucho Gracias, Amigo!! :clap: :clap: :clap:
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By Jonesy
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Great pics!! I was there yesterday as well...drove all the way down to SLP. Beach is accessible there as well.

There were TONS of finger mullet in the surf down towards SLP.
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By Milkjug
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Good pics.

The slope is alot more gradual now on E. Beach than it was before and I don't think many people noticed that from your pictures.

Mabey they should cue in that the debris line is 150 yards from the water's edge at low tide :roll:

All these new guts are fantastic structure to fish by the way.
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By twiceayear
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Great pics, thank you for sharing..

At least the red pickup didn't have kayak racks on it. :D
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By It's a keeper
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Jonesy wrote:
There were TONS of finger mullet in the surf down towards SLP.


Next time I go to the beach I am going to cast net some finger mullet and use some fishbites on lines to try to catch some whiting or croakers. Gotta try to get some big baits somehow.

Milkjug wrote:

The slope is alot more gradual now on E. Beach than it was before and I don't think many people noticed that from your pictures.

Mabey they should cue in that the debris line is 150 yards from the water's edge at low tide.


I always try to look for the debris or weed line and give some more pad for my parking spot. I think the tides were supposed to be higher than normal this weekend. The water definitely surpised a few at the South Jetty Sunday. There was a big crowd of people just watching the tow truck show.

It's a keeper
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By FISHMAN
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Great pics and Thanks for the info....
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Thanks for the reply! Sounds like good advice.

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