Headboat and charterboat finfish catch statistics for the bays and gulf waters of Texas, September 1978-August 1979




McEachron, L.W.

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Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, Coastal Fisheries Branch


From September 1978 through August 1979 headboat and charterboat fishermen were surveyed in the Galveston-Freeport, Aransas-Corpus Christi and lower Laguna Madre areas. During this period 104 headboat and 74 charterboat interviews were conducted. All surveys were separated as to Gulf of Mexico fishing or bay fishing. Reef fishes, mainly red snapper (Lutjanus campechanus), dominated the Gulf headboat catches; sand seatrout (Cynoscion arenarius) dominated the bay headboat catches. Spotted seatrout (C. nebulosus) constituted almost all of the bay charterboat catches; king mackerel (Scomberomorus cavalla), Spanish mackerel (S. maculatus) and red snapper dominated the Gulf charterboat catches. The best time to obtain charterboat and headboat surveys was during late spring, summer and early fall because of increased demand by clients during these periods.


38 pgs.


headboat fishing, charterboat fishing, red snapper, Lutjanus campechanus, sand seatrout, Cynoscion arenarius, spotted seatrout, Cynoscion nebulosus, king mackerel, Scomberomorus cavalla, Spanish mackerel, Scomberomorus maculatus