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Bob Hall pier 11-13, 14, 15 (lots of pictures!)
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tdarr
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 15, 2012 11:00 pm    Post subject: Bob Hall pier 11-13, 14, 15 (lots of pictures!) Reply with quote

Since the Bob Hall pier argument struck back up I figured i'd tell people how I handle the crowds. I moved here at the beginning of the school year to go to TAMUCC and every once in awhile i'd go to Bob hall with the false hope that I would ever get a spot on the T. With the weather being so bad the past few days I figured that now was my chance to go learn the pier, how to fish it and maybe get a spot on the T since it was 55 degrees with a 20 mph wind, 6+ foot swells and drizzle.

Here is how it went..
11-13
cast netted a few mullet, sheepshead and a 23'' skip jack,

(those things have the coolest teeth!)
cut up the mullet threw that on one pole and cut up a chunk of skip jack for another pole all I did was sit there and be cold for awhile then the right side of the T opened up (only other people on the pier and i didn't want to mess with the current bringing my line back to me if i casted the left part of the T) you can bet I went to it.. my girlfriend made fun of me and sarcastically took a picture of me because she knew the significance..
we were just getting gaff tops for awhile and then all of a sudden my pole bent half way over and as picked it up and set the hook..... slack. Whatever hit it broke the clamp that secures in the hook snapped open.. Big fish. That was all the excitement for Tuesday the GF was getting cold and tired, when the boss says its time to go.. its time to go.




11-14
Wednesday was a better day weather wise.. I took my buddy out and we couldn't cast net anything. Decision time.. $5 for frozen shrimp at the pier or keep trying.. we were tired and the $5 sounded really good to us. WE waited for the shrimp to thaw a bit and then casted into the second gut to catch some whiting. They were hard to come by but we got four so we cut the heads off and threw them on hooks. We were at the last light pole on the right because two nice guys literally took up the entire T with 9 rods.. Felt like saying a few words but I wasn't in the best of mood due to our bait situation and didn't want to stir anything up.. (I'm sure you guys that have been arguing since September will love that) anyways we casted out lines out and a few minutes later boom! pole bending and drag screaming I got my first BHP red.


being the broke college kid I am I knew that we needed a drop net for the pier however felt that it wasn't necessary so my buddy and I pulled the red in by hand. ( I was using 50# braid)

great idea! nothing super glue couldn't fix. About thirty minutes later my buddy had a hard hit and right after setting the hook the fish jumps and we can see its a shark. We used the rope off of my bait bucket to tail rope it very creatively and pull it over. ( yes that is my mario back pack in the background it was a gag gift and to make a point I use it fishing)

I caught one more small bull shark that I didn't get a picture of because my phone died but that was the end of wednesday.

11-15
Today I was working on an English essay all day so I figured i'd take a break and hit BHP one more time before the crowds come in. We got there at around 3 and the T had to many people than I was willing to deal with so we posted up in the same spot as the 14th. We used the rest of our awesome smelling shrimp from the day before to catch some Whiting, cut there heads off and casted them out. Went about an hour and I decided that it was time for a bait check and as I started to reel i realized a fish had been sitting on top of it so I pulled in my second BHP Red Fish.. I had an audience from out of towners and they were saying it was the biggest fish they have ever seen.. not to brag Cool . We figured a way to use the rope to lasso my weight to pull the fish up with out slicing my hand so they enjoyed watching us work that one out.
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In the words of Phil Roberson that made me "Happy Happy Happy"
then boom number two for the day

he was kicking around and I forgot my mario pack today with my Bogas in it thats why I had an awkward handle.
that was all the action we had today we were only there for a few hours and then its back to the English essay. ( still not done i just needed a break) and ways that argument being kicked up again came at a time when I decided to start giving BHP a shot so I figured i'd give my two cents.. first come first serve.. if your fishing the T and a "regular" shows up and sets up next to you then tell him to F off or use your "$50 Walmart special" to make fishing for him uncomfortable. Fish the pier a bit so your comfortable that your lines won't drift into everyone else's while your on the end and piss them off just like you would want them to do for you.. and most of all build a bridge and get over it.. Its been going on since September 18th. This is my first true report, I plan on hitting Bob Hall a lot more thanks to the positive experience it has brought the pst few days. hope this helps you guys when y'all are out there! Very Happy Very Happy Very Happy
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tdarr
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 15, 2012 11:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

All of the fish were released Very Happy.
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 15, 2012 11:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

cool!
love the comment about holding yer own .... Laughing
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 16, 2012 8:05 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nice reds!
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Gib
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 16, 2012 8:23 am    Post subject: BHP Reply with quote

For what it is worth, get your a pair of gloves for that Mario backpack, and then you can handline those fish without cutting yourself.

Pier net works better, but I know about that college stuff and money.

As for the T, good luck. There are some who have been there for weeks, literally.

I took a stroll to the end the other evening counting over 30 rods on the end (all but about 2 or 3; okay, maybe 4 not in use) and no more than four people out there.

My favorite was the fellows tearing up the King fish during the day and leaving their rods in the holders all night so no one else could move in and fish. But, to their credit they were giving their Kings away.

It is a public pier, and I have found most people out there are kind and helpful toward one another. The T at night, we do not go there unless just to look.

My favorite thing at the pier is that when they raised prices, they soon posted a flyer (posted by door) of what other piers charge. I hope this is not a sign of what is to come.

By the way, those other piers have lights that consistently work without pier users having to call and beg for repairs, rules enforced, and some of them have troughs with water constantly passing through so that you can keep your bait alive.

BHP is better than it used to be since Bill has started running the show.

For most part, people just want to catch a fish like any of us want to. Pier is a great place to be able to share information, tactics, wisdom learned hard way, educate, etc. with one another.
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 16, 2012 8:35 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

30 rods between 4 people.. if they need 8 rods per person to catch a fish, they might want to rethink there tactics.
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 16, 2012 8:39 am    Post subject: Pier Fishing Reply with quote

I don't fish the pier anymore but I used to. I am not defending it because pier fishing got old for me too. This is just my opinion but...2 people can not take up the entire T with 9 rods. Yeah they probably spread them around since no one else was out there, but they know that people will fish around them when they show up.

Go fish in between them just be sure to cast as straight as possible. After the cast check the angle on your line to make sure that you did not cross any other lines BEFORE you set your rod down to wait for a bite. After a bite is too late you will end up with a mess. If you did cross a line do not reel it in instead walk your rod down to the line that you crossed, put your rod over the top of it and set it on the other side to wait for a bite or reel it in from that side. Finally, use good spider weights so your bait does not drift and tangle up with other rods.

Back in the day, especially when the weather was nice in the fall, I have fished out there when there was over 50 rods on half of the T. Every hole in the concrete (rod holder) was filled and there were rods laying on the rail in between. It is not a problem as long as everyone follows the above. Yes, there is a tangle now and then but that is pier fishing. The guy that gets everyone pissed is the one who walks up, casts totally sideways and then leaves his rod where he casted from or tries to reel it in without moving and tangles up every line that he just casted over.
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 16, 2012 8:57 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nice fish and nasty lil cut! Thanks for the report.
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 16, 2012 8:58 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

your right, I very well could have gone down there and casted between them but why bother with messing with all than when I stop 20 feet shorter cast out, set my rod down and not mess with it until it gets a hit then not have to play the am I over or under that line game. I'm not as anal as some guys are about being in a particular spot on the end of the pier. If the spot is open I'm there, if not then ill cast somewhere else. At the end of the day we pulled in more fish then those guys did, we had fun and thats what its all about.
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 16, 2012 9:30 am    Post subject: I hear ya... Reply with quote

I hear what you are saying. That is why I don't fish out there any more. With 100 or so MILES of beach to fish on why crowd in on a pier.

Just wanted to post some tips for some of the people who are new to Bob Hall Combat Fishing.
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 16, 2012 10:34 am    Post subject: BHP Reply with quote

Hey....good going. Now the people whining and crying about the lack of reports from that pier will have your reports and pics to give them an idea about what is going on out there.
Good luck and thanks for the pics.
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 16, 2012 10:53 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

On pier fishing and crowds, I've come to a point in my life where I often remember those immortal words from from Einstein:
"Insanity: Doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result" !!!! Shocked

This has become something close to my mantra, and I try not to put myself in a position of repeating the same mistakes over and over. Doing anything around too many people falls into that category for me. When the fun/PITA ratio starts to tip to the latter, it may be time to find another way of doing what you one likes. Everyone's different though.

Just an observation, and congrats on the fish and sticking with it! Wink
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 16, 2012 12:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

cool spot on that redfish tail!
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 16, 2012 1:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nice to see guys still catchin fish despite the elements. Glad to see Bull Reds and sharks still hittin. I don't fish the BHP though, hoping to have some good luck next month, heading back to Port on on Dec 12th. Fish on!

You ever fish the Horace Caldwell man? Racked up on small blacktips in late October! All catch and release.
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 16, 2012 1:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Cifbb1845 wrote:
Nice to see guys still catchin fish despite the elements. Glad to see Bull Reds and sharks still hittin. I don't fish the BHP though, hoping to have some good luck next month, heading back to Port on on Dec 12th. Fish on!

You ever fish the Horace Caldwell man? Racked up on small blacktips in late October! All catch and release.


That's awesome, I've never fished off of HC if I'm in the area I just go to the jetty but I've been curious how the fishing is off of there.
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