It’s summertime in Galveston, and our beaches (all 32 miles of them!), golf courses, surf, and biking paths are beckoning. If that isn’t enough, you can visit Moody Gardens, Schlitterbahn Waterpark, Pleasure Pier, or one of our unique museums. Shopping, sightseeing, festivals, and numerous other events are waiting for you in some of the most beautiful environments on this side of heaven.
But if you’re looking for the entertainment and thrills only fishing provides, you’ve come to the right place. Captain Greg Ball and his fellow captains at Wave Dancer Charters are getting ready for the big Bull Redfish run inshore, and one of their half-day close offshore trips is perfect for catching these monsters.
Redfish stay in the shallow bays for the first three years of their lives. Still, each year as the weather transitions from the sweltering summer heat to cooler fall temperatures, a migration of breeding stock pushes the largest 3 to 4-year-olds toward the Gulf of Mexico for spawning season, where they will spend their adult lives.
Fun to catch and great to eat!
Redfish are a schooling species, putting up an intense fight when you hook them. Although commercial fishers generally do not target them (redfish are fished primarily for sport), they have recently appeared on more restaurant menus across the country because of their excellent flavor.
Most people find the mild, sweet flavor and moist white meat to their liking, although some think the largest of them have a coarse texture. However, the redfish get two thumbs for their excellent taste, delicate texture, and flaky flesh.
Amberjack season is just around the corner
Here’s a reminder that amberjack season starts September 1st and runs through October. This is offshore deep-sea fishing at its finest and would be on one of Wave Dancer’s 12-hour blue water trips.
Greater amberjack season was last open in May, so here’s your opportunity to take advantage of the second season. As these fish grow, they move to deeper waters where they live near structures like shipwrecks, oil rigs, and artificial reefs. These giant reef fish congregate in small groups, living on crabs, squid, and other small fish. They have a dark amber stripe stretching from their nose to their dorsal fin that becomes better defined when the fish are feeding or excited.
Amberjack has a rich, buttery flavor that many say combines the taste of tuna and mahi-mahi. The fish is delicious no matter how you prepare it, including broiling, baking, grilling, pan-frying, and smoking.
Each of our captains knows where to find greater amberjack, so you’ll likely see some action and have plenty of entertainment!
Don’t miss out on all the fun of catching bull redfish and amberjack!
Talk to one of the licensed captains at Wave Dancer Charters, and make the most of your late summer and early fall. These are wonderful times to catch fish while spending a day on the water and under the Texas sun. Contact the experts at Wave Dancer Charters. You won’t be disappointed!