crusher wrote:This is a pretty often asked question and is where most of us started...where to go? Personally, I suggest Galveston State Park as a good starting place because the three launches are boat-free, it's pretty shallow so you can be comfortable paddling around and getting used to the new kayak, and there are reds, flounder, and specs around in one place or another any given day, and there are other kayaks around but never too many. $5 to enter and park, but it's safe parking and paddling. If you go more than a half mile, you can see grass lines, geotubes, grass bottoms, oyster, and start the journey to learning the various fishing habitats.
Thanks for the reply! I didn't look around enough before asking - found lots of recommendations in the saltwater section (maybe a sticky in the 'New to Kayaking' section with links to answers for different areas would be good).
To follow up, I went to GSP & launched at Oak Bayou (per the ranger's recommendation for a newb). Convenient parking without worrying about a ticket/towing, trash cans, restrooms, land on 3 sides and shallow enough to stand in most places in case you get in to trouble. I'm confident enough after the first outing to convert my inflatable pfd back to automatic (was worried about dumping out when I launched/landed & wasting $25 to re-arm).
I'd still like to find a spot closer to home but I really liked the state park's facilities & will be back (I've been spoiled by living on the island, the ~13 mile drive from 25th street seemed like FOREVER
I'll ask when I go back tomorrow, but ... anyone know if you still have to stop by headquarters every day if you buy the annual pass?
I've got some time off work & plan to spend most of the next 1.5 weeks on the water.