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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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This week, the NASCAR cup series heads to Kentucky Motor Speedway for the Quaker State 400. Built in 2001, this track is a 1.5 mile tri-oval with a dog-leg on the front stretch. The most dangerous part of the track has to be turn three as the corner is flat compared to the other three corners that are banked. This has been a major point of contingency for these drivers as most of the cautions end up being there. Look for turn three to be a hot spot come Sunday. Last year, both the Busch brothers finished 1-2 in one of the most exciting finishes of the season so there will be a lot of hype for this race to live up to.

Last week at Indy, as we all expected the race was a crazy one. Over the course of the race's 160 laps, we saw many horrific accidents including a scary pit road accident involving Corey Lajoe, Ryan Blaney, Justin Allgier, Ryan Preece and others. The wreck started when everyone got stacked up entering the pits and the calamity was on from there. During the wreck Brennan Poole struck Rear Tire Changer Zach Price as he was trying to avoid the wrecking cars in front of him. After the incident fans and media alike all held their breath as they awaited news on his condition. But when the camera panned to him being loaded into the ambulance, there was a huge sigh of relief as he gave everyone a thumbs up signifying he was okay. Another scary moment was both Erik Jones and Alex Bowman's vicious crashes. Both cars had tire failures that sent their cars directly into the wall. Fortunately both drivers were okay but their days were over.

In the end, tire wear would end up claiming one more victim as it took out Denny Hamlin as well. With seven laps to go, the four-time winner this season was in prime position to get his fifth victory until his right front tire blew out, sending him hard into the turn 2 wall. This mishap handed the win to his main rival in the championship, Kevin Harvick, as he went on to claim his third Brickyard 400 victory and fourth win of the year. When it was all over, many questioned why there were so many tire failures and if new owner Roger Penske would make an effort to possibly widen the pit-road after the massive accident on Sunday.

Needless to say, there are a lot of questions on what will be different at Indy in 2021. When I talked to spotter Freddie Kraft on Tuesday, he gave a lot of good insights on both topics. When it came to the tire failures, he talked about how the increasing corner speeds at the racetrack has put a lot of pressure on these Goodyear tires which eventually led to them coming apart. As far as Pit-Road and what they can do to fix that, he talked about how it is difficult to make changes to a track that is so historical. Which makes sense, but he followed this up by saying that maybe it would be wise to give up a little history and move the wall over and make it wider. It will be interesting to see what NASCAR does in the coming months.

On Friday, Associated Press journalist Jenna Fryer revealed a bombshell announcement that 7-time champion and NASCAR's biggest name Jimmie Johnson, had tested positive for coronavirus. As everyone knows, the world is going through the worst pandemic it's ever faced in this lifetime. With the sport coming back and racing again, it was only a matter of time until one of the drivers came down with it. Unfortunately it had to be NASCAR's most recognizable driver. Thankfully, Jimmie made a full recovery and was cleared to return this weekend at Kentucky. This was a big scare for everyone in the NASCAR world, but I have to give a lot of credit to Johnson for being as forthright as he was about his diagnosis with everyone who he works with. It will be good to have Jimmie back on Sunday.

The driver that I have winning this weekend is Kyle Busch. While this season has been a disappointment for the defending champion, Kentucky would be a great place for him to turn it around. Ever since the cup series has started going there, Kyle has always been in contention to win. In fact, he won the first cup series race that was run at this track back in 2011. In his nine starts there, Kyle has finished outside the top ten only once and even then he finished 12th, back in 2016. Last season it appeared that Kyle was on his way to a third victory at this track, but he came up one spot short to his brother Kurt in a fantastic last lap duel. After a late race restart this weekend though, I see Kyle redeeming himself and capturing his first victory of 2020. Look for Kyle to get back on track come Sunday.


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