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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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Last week, I wrote about some of the world's best bucket list marathon and half marathons. But, what about here in the United States? We got some great places to explore on foot like our National Parks, Wine Country, and let's not forget our southern most state, Hawaii. So, I've made a list of marathons and half marathons to honor some of America's best bucket list destinations.

Red Rock trails​

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Zion National Park Marathon

Zion National Park, Utah

February 20, 2020

It's a steady climb to the road to Zion. This race starts and ends in Springdale, Utah. Runners travel along the Watchman trail to carefully arrive at the mouth of Zion Canyon. Runners can stop and take in the breath-taking views of of cold snow canyons and snow capped cliffs. Better hurry and register because this race sells out every year.

Race fit for a Disney Princess

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Disney Wine and Dine Marathon

Orlando, Florida

November 3, 2020

This popular race takes place on Walt Disney World Resort. Runners get to run wild through the theme park. Make sure to bring your camera for this novelty race. It is perfect for the Mickey and Donald Duck lovers. Stop and take your picture with your favorite Disney characters every mile. This marathon is great to walk and trot to the finish line which is a food and wine festival fit for a prince…or…..princess or……a fairy………or a cricket.

Get hitched on this marathon course.

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Rock and Roll Las Vegas Marathon

Las Vegas, Nevada

November 16-17, 2020

The Rock and Roll race series really out did themselves with this one. Have you ever wanted to dress as Elvis or a Cirque Du Soleil character, listen to your favorite rock band, and run down the Las Vegas Strip at night? Me, too! This race is definitely on my bucket list. There is so much packed in that it takes an entire weekend. This marathon is literally a night race down the Las Vegas Strip. You get to enjoy the sights, sounds, and smells of Vegas. You can even get married on course at Mile 3. Bands play at every mile of the race to keep you pumped up. A Rock and Roll race would not be right if it didn't start with a pre-race performance from headliner Kesha. Can I say #StripAtNight?

Run the rolling hills of wine.​

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Napa Valley Half Marathon

Napa Valley, California

March 1, 2020

This is known as the "biggest little marathon in the west." This picturesque course starts at the Silverado Trail from Calistoga and ends in Napa Valley. Runners run past the vineyards and wineries. It is the perfect tour of wine country. This race is not just wine. This road race is a Boston Qualifier. You will truly want to Run.Sip.Savor.

Fun in the sun.

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Honolulu Marathon

Honolulu, Ohau

December 8, 2019

Run in paradise in our southern most state. Sandy beaches, tropical flowers, and palm trees. Kick off the weekend with a luau complete with male and female hula dancers. The 5am start is no hardship with a spectacular fireworks show. The run up Diamond Head Crator is a challenge, but well worth it. You get to experience the laid-back attitude of Hawaiians. It's come one, come all for this race. Everyone and their mama, grandpa, whoever else comes out. There is no time limit or limit of participants. Fun in the sun.

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