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Exploring some of the Gulf's best fishing spots without a boat

Galveston Bay has many great fishing spots, even if you do not have a boat. Nicolas Russell/Getty Images

If you are new to the area or just want to get out there and take up fishing, we have compiled this guide to help you find great fishing spots around Galveston Bay. I don’t own a boat but like to fish, and these spots were made for people with that in mind.

Texas City Dike

This is a quintessential bay area must for anglers from novice to expert. The 4.5-mile dike has lots of places to fish, including a long fishing area from the boat docks. There are areas to go wade fishing, areas to shore fish, and areas to fish from rocks. On any given day, lots of anglers will be out there catching a variety of different species of fish.

Bay Shore Park

Bay Shore Park is a small park with a small fishing area right off the boat ramp. There aren't many people fishing there so it is great for casting a few lines in the water. It has restrooms, walking trails, a covered pavilion and a playground, so it can be a whole day family affair.

San Leon 18th Street Pier 

The 18th Street Pier in San Leon has a long pier that has a cost to enter. The building where you pay for pier access also doubles as a bar and grill where you can catch a live band. The spot has a number of anglers on weekends but would also serve as a great place to catch some music and food after of day fishing.

Factory Bayou

Factory Bayou is an inlet right off the bay that has a shoreline. It's located in Bacliff, you have to park on the grass. Somewhat of rogue fishing spot, there have been a number of reports from this spot of trout and flounder.

Moses Lake

Moses Lake has an area right off Highway 146 where you can park off the side of the road. Most fishing happens from the railroad bridge. Another rogue fishing spot that nets a number of different species of fish.

Seawolf Park 

Seawolf Park in Galveston makes a perfect fishing location because of its access to the bay and the open Gulf. There is a charge to fish here, but the number of different species that swim in and out of the bay makes it ideal to catch some nice variety.

Sylvan Beach Park 

Sylvan Beach Park in La Porte has a great fishing pier that has a cost to go out on. There are a number of varieties of fish, and it’s a good-sized pier. In the same area is Morgan’s Point, which has some great fishing spots but you’ll need to know a resident, as they are all private property.

This isn't a totally inclusive list; if you ask 10 different anglers you’ll get at least nine different locations that they love. But hopefully this  gives you some great starting points. Now get out there with your best lure and throw some lines in the water. Just don’t be too angry when all your bait is taken from a day of catching hardhead.

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A WEEKLY REVIEW OF CRENNEL'S COACHING

Now my job: Texans feast on Lions

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Thanksgiving is full of tradition. There's the typical family gathering, large meal, and of course, football. Sometimes, new traditions are added and old ones are retired. I think the Texans did both in their impressive 41-25 win over the Lions in Detroit. Old traditions were carried on (Lions losing on Thanksgiving), some were put to rest (Texans not being able to get turnovers), and new ones were started (multiple passing touchdowns by Deshaun Watson in six straight games).

The fact that this defense got three turnovers in the game was unbelievable! They got all three in the first quarter within the span of eight plays. JJ Watt's pick-six was insane. He went for a batted ball, ended up catching it, and ran it in. They forced Jonathan Williams to fumble on the Lions' very next play from scrimmage and recovered it. On the Lions' next possession, the Texans recovered yet another fumble after the challenge was reversed. Great call by the coaching staff to challenge and win. The defense looked good. Tyrell Adams stood out because he was in on those two fumbles, made 17 total tackles with 14 of them being solo tackles. They also brought pressure that seemed to make Matthew Stafford very inaccurate and resulted in four sacks. I give defensive coordinator Anthony Weaver credit for knowing he needs to blitz to get pressure, but the run defense has to improve.

The offense kept the tempo up in this game as well. The spread and hurry-up were used to keep the Lions already staggered defense off balance. Knowing the Lions were without a couple defensive backs, I thought it would be the perfect marriage of their defense and the Texans' offense. A buddy asked before the game about the line (Texans -3.5) and the over/under (52.5). I told him bet the Texans and the over because neither team can play defense and both have good quarterbacks. Offensive coordinator Tim Kelly put together another good game plan and Watson executed it flawlessly. One route combo I saw later on in the game I particularly enjoyed. Two receivers were tight to the left side. Cooks ran a hook/curl and settled in the middle of the zone while Fuller ran a vertical route. Duke Johnson ran a swing route to that same side. It left Cooks wide open as the attention went to Johnson in the flat, Fuller deep, and the action to the other play side. Route combos are important because it gives the quarterback different reads as he goes through his progressions and lets him pick apart the defense based on what he sees. Combine that with Watson's play and the way Kelly has changed his play calling now that he's liberated from he who shall not be named, we're seeing a beautiful thing.

As good as things were, there's still room for improvement. The defense gives up way too many easy yards, both run and pass. They can't get pressure bringing only four and will often give up big plays if the blitz is picked up. Plus the run defense is still an issue as evidenced by the Lions' first possession of the second half. The Lions ran the ball 10 plays straight for a total of 58 yards on that drive. Utterly ridiculous! Watson was good (17/25 318 yards and four touchdowns), but he missed two more touchdowns with passes slightly off, and continues to hold onto the ball too long at times. The difference between these two issues I've presented here is the fact that Watson has so played well, his "issues" are minor and very correctable, while the defense is terrible and there's no easy fix in sight. But let Romeo Crennel and Anthony Weaver tell it, they're getting the most out of these guys and they're playing disciplined.

The thought that this team may actually creep into the playoff picture may take shape better after next week if they can beat the Colts. I doubt it, but it is getting interesting. Let's see what else happens around them because they need help getting there.

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