Survey of Salt Water Sports Fishing in Galveston and Trinity Bays - Analysis of Populations of Sports and Commercial Fin-Fish and of Factors Which Affect These Populations in the Coastal Bays of Texas


A partial survey of the sport fishery was conducted in a 412 square mile area of Galveston, East Galveston, and Trinity Bays during the summer and fall of 1963 and the spring of 1964. Fisherman interviews and aerial boat counts were used to determine fishing pressure, catch rates, species composition, and to estimate total yield. An estimated 101,966 anglers harvested 662,280 fish. The average catch per angler was 1.62 fish per man-hour or 19.5 fish per party. There was an average of 2.58 anglers per party and an average trip lasted 4.6 hours. Three and one-half times as many fishermen fished on a week-end day as on a weekday with catch per unit of effort declining on week ends and holidays. Peak fishing pressure occurred during the summer, but catch rates were highest in the fall. Atlantic croaker (Micropogon undulatus) and sand trout (Cynoscion arenarius) composed 75.6 per cent of the total catch, followed by speckled trout, (Cynoscion j__abjjl_o_su_s) black drum, (Pogonias cromis) gafftopsail catfish, (Bagre marius) and whiting (Menticirrhus sp.) in order of importance.


pages 251-266; available for download at the link below.


Galveston Bay, fish population, sport fishing, population survey