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July 2013 Waterfront Hires Business Associate Nancy Vidotto

Nancy Vidotto

Nancy was born and raised in Albuquerque, NM, and graduated from Rio Grande High School in two years at the age of 16. She was historian of the Distribution Education Clubs of America High School Chapter.  While in high school she was a member of the square dance team that won the state title. After high school she lived with her aunt in Las Vegas for about 6 months working and saving for college.  She returned to Albuquerque where she graduated with an associate degree in accounting from SW Business College.

Nancy has three grown children and nine grandkids, while raising her kids she held various positions around Albuquerque.  Her most memorable is as a cross country truck driver with her husband until she was 8 months pregnant with her youngest, who later grew up to be an aggie.  Nancy was forever trying to pull into the compact car lots with the big rig, while her husband slept.  Later she worked as a security guard for a uranium mine on the Navajo reservation, where a co-worker once handed her a gun and said, “Here! If I shout, shoot!”

Nancy was also an Office Manager for a Navajo Federal contract in Albuquerque, NM for 5 years.  The contract wrote the Navajo K-8 curriculum material.  She helped complete a Navajo Dictionary that is now in the Library of Congress.  Nancy attended Navajo Nation council meetings that were conducted in the Navajo language on a monthly basis where she learned the basics of that language.

In 2003 Nancy and her husband moved to Bastrop, TX where she worked for the non-profit Texas Hospitals Association in Austin.  There she found her way around the halls of the State Capital and learned enough that she could act as a docent on capitol tours. If you are lost in the Capital, look for a clock they are always on the North wall.

After surviving the fires in Bastrop in 2011, where unfortunately her house did not, her family moved to Bryan, where she was employed at Texas A&M’s Easterwood Airport as a Business Associate II.   Nancy moved from the main campus at College Station to Galveston in June of 2013 and is employed at the Waterfront Operations Department as a Business Coordinator I.  She works closely with vessel users scheduling boat trips to allow waterborne experiences to as many students as possible.  She also works with financial management coordinating accounts payable. In her spare time Nancy volunteers at Habitat for Humanity and the Salvation Army holiday meals.  She likes to crochet, garden and cook and travel the United States enjoying what this great land offers.  

June 2013 Waterfront Takes Delivery of Donated Sailboat

Thanks to the generosity of Mr. John Allgaier Texas A&M Univeristy at Galveston has recieved a 1978 Hunter 30' sloop.  This sailboat is in remarkable conditon and was refit at B&M Boat Works in Seabrook Texas to TAMUG's specifications.  This vessel will be used as a training and recreation platform for our Keelboat Sailing Class and Team. 

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May 2013 Waterfront Takes Delivery of Donated Barges

Through the generosity of Dennis Pasentine and Florida Marine Transporters Texas A&M University at Galveston is proud to receive two small tank barges.  These barges were built for the Macondo Oil Spill and were never used.  At 45ft long and 12ft wide these barges are truckable and were transported from New Orleans to Galveston via flatbed.  Splashed at Pier 77 Marine we sailed them back to TAMUG with our new towboat Ranger.  These barges will be outfitted with towing gear and tank pumping and gauging gear to allow the cadets a full range of training opportunities. 

Ranger and barges  TAMUG 100 TAMUG 200

May 2012 Waterfront Takes Deliver of new towboat "Ranger"

Named after General Rudder's bulldog, new training towboat Ranger is a welcome addition to the Texas A&M University at Galveston small vessel fleet.  A powerful little all steel pushboat will be used for the TMA tugs and towing class. This vessel will be the cornerstone in our new program. 

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February 2013 Waterfront Hires James Adams as BosunJames Adams

James Adams grew up in Normangee, Texas. While in high school, James won National and State Championships as well as the Texas cup in basketball.  After graduating from Normangee High School he joined the U.S. Coast Guard at the age of 18.  While in the Coast Guard, James graduated from Machinery Tech, Ship De-Watering, Firefighting, First Aid and CPR with AED schools always in the top of his class.  

James completed two tours to South America and a tour to Alaska aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Morgenthau. While on his tour in South America, James was a boarding team member that was involved in making the 3rd largest drug bust in the world.  While in a major maintenance period on the Morgenthau James served as a Machinery Technician, receiving the Coast Guard Commendation medal for performing a complete rebuild of the main engine in less than a months’ time saving the Coast Guard over $1 million.

While on his tour to Alaska, James was certified as a rescue swimmer.  James completed four lifesaving swims in the rough waters of the Bering Sea. James then received orders that landed him at the National Motor Lifeboat School Cape Disappointment where he was an instructor on teaching the U.S. Coast Guard, Canada Coast Guard and the Navy Seals on how to drive boats in twenty to thirty foot waves.  James lead a recovery team after the Northwest was hit by a major coastal storm rescuing hundreds of people from their homes.

After honorably serving, James moved back home to take a job building military safety equipment to help protect our service men and women.  James found himself wanting to get back to the water and is now the Boatswain for Texas A&M Galveston’s Waterfront Operations Department.

As the Boatswain, James overseas and performs maintenance on all A&M small boats. He is responsible for keeping the boats safe, reliable and looking sharp.  He reports directly to the Director of Waterfront Operations, Captain Allan Post.


November 10, 2012GUM Fishing Day

Saturday November 10th 2012 Texas A&M University at Galveston – The first ever Galveston Urban Ministries (GUM) Youth Fishing Day hooked a number of youngsters on angling. The Youth Fishing Day was a project undertaken by Cadets Travis Mullins, Justin Halliday, and the TAMUG W.A.V.E. Students. The camp was an entry level experience for the aspiring angler for inner city girls and boys from Galveston Urban Ministries.


“This was the first time that most of the kids have ever fished,” said Josh Dorrell (Executive Director GUM)
The programs are designed to improve the overall physical, emotional and spiritual well-being of the kids by participating in fun-filled activities throughout the day.


GUM Fishing day By the end of the day, the kids learn how to appreciate respect the outdoors as responsible anglers.
“The experience was priceless. Everybody learned something, said Dorrell and organizing Cadets Mullins, Halliday.
“We were overwhelmed by support from the TAMUG community.”  “Anyone associated with fishing gets it,”
“These kids are the future of recreational fishing. Without new, young fishing enthusiasts, the sport will wither.”
“We were not expecting the large number of fish the young anglers caught, but the young anglers loved it” said Cadet Mullins.

Galveston Urban Ministries would like to thank Texas A&M University at Galveston for allowing us to be a part of your student’s activities and sponsoring the event. “We had an INCREDIBLE time today (Saturday) fishing on the A&M Galveston Campus. This was the first time that most of our kids have ever fished, and you all made it such a great experience. Thank you for allowing us to be part of your students activities and sponsoring the event.” Josh Dorrell, Executive Director of Galveston Urban
 

August 27, 2012

Friday Fishin'

Join Waterfront Operations for Friday Fishin' Starting August 31st

Departing from the TAMUG Marina Fridays at 1pm return at 5pm

Sign up in the office of student life

For more information click here Friday Fishin'

May 21 , 2012

Waterfront Operations Announces the Hiring of Vernon Camus as Business Coordinaor III

Vernon, a native of New Orleans, comes to Texas A&M University at Galveston with 13 years of working in the hospitality industry management.  Preceding TAMUG he served five years with Star Fleet Entertainment Yachts, a dinner cruise company in Clear Lake.   There he served in various full time roles from Director of Sales, Director of Operations, Director of Food and Beverage, as well as being an integral part of the executive board.  His greatest professional accomplishment was running the company successfully for over six months after the sudden passing of its beloved founder and president, Tom Lober (TAMUG ’81).  While interim president he devised a strategic plan to satisfy immediate needs and planned goals to sustain and continue operations.  This plan continued to grow the company which lead to a 25% increase in full time staff to accommodate the significant increase of guests and cruises. 

While gaining experience in hospitality management he attended the University of New Orleans and the Conrad Hilton School at University of Houston.  He has attained administration certification through Fred Pryor Seminars / Career Track.  His marine certifications include; first aid/CPR certified, DOT regulated and random drug testing, over 6300 hours of inland sea time, trained deckhand / onboard emergency response team, and marina hurricane/emergency response team. 

As Business Coordinator III with the Waterfront Operations Department at TAMUG, he will oversee all daily accounting, HR, and project based activities.  He reports directly to the Director of Waterfront Operations, Captain Allan Post.

March 31 , 2012

TAMUG Participates in the Turning Point Handicap Black Drum Fishing Tournament.

Captain Matt Richter (Cadet) turning pt

Deckhand Cody Haines (Undergraduate)

Departing TAMUG on the Earl Milan early Saturday morning we motored to the Galveston Yacht basin to board our two handicapped anglers for the annual tournament.  This is our second year hosting some of the anglers and their families.  We had two participants and their caretakers, as well as another father son duo who were family friends of the junior participant and his father(caretaker).  The weather could not have been better, but fishing was slow for the most part with a few nibbles at first. We fished behind Bolivar Peninsula near the gas wells amongst the majority of the rest of the fleet participating in the tournament.  Fishing picked up as the morning progressed and we landed one large Gafftop and one large Black Drum.  The Black Drum measured nearly 36 in and had to be released because it was over the state size limit, but not before putting up an intense fight for our very pleased junior angler.  All participants had a great time and we look forward to fishing with them next year.

Gig em'

Capt. Matt

 

 

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Our second spring Friday Fishin’trip aboard the Flying Fish Too was an awesome way to finish a Friday. We departed and made our way to towards the end of the Galveston Jetties. Rounding the end of the jetty, we anchored on the Gulf side so that the rocks would afford us some protection from the waves.   Weather was partly cloudy and  in upper 70’s with light chop sloshing over the jetties. Just off the sunken barge with nothing to show for it  we hauled anchor and headed inbound. We ended up a ¼ mile from the North Jetty boat cut.   Fishing started off fairly slow with some nibbles. About the last hour of the day, the fish started to hit. A baby Bonnethead shark (part of hammerhead family) was reeled in and released. Several small fish to include a croaker, a couple hard tops, and an 9 lb Black Drum were caught and released. The catch of the day was a Red Drum weighing in at 35 lbs and 39 in long caught on light tackle, spinning reel, and 12 lb test line by Christopher Ketay. Chris had to be cautious in reeling this fish in because his line was being stretched to snapping point and his pole was bent over in a U shape. In spite of the light tackle he was using, the Drum was reeled in after a 20 minute tug of war between man and fish. Everyone was so excited to see this Drum reeled in. We couldn’t have asked for a better fishing trip. Nearly everyone caught some type of fish.

Thanks to all the Sea Aggies that joined us on Friday and I hope to see you all again soon.  With the warmer water the fish will be moving so make sure to sign up in the Office of Student Life before it gets too cold! Just a reminder: Friday Fishing trips depart at 1pm, end at 5pm and are absolutely free. Just bring your own fishing gear, bait, snacks and beverages (Non Alcoholic), and closed toed shoes (no flip flops). Not into fishing? No problem! There’s plenty of space on the boat to lay out and relax in the sun, nature watch, take pictures or hang out in the air-conditioned cabin so come enjoy a boat ride after a long week in class.

Fair winds,

Capt. Jay

March 23, 2012

Our first spring Friday Fishin’ trip aboard the Flying Fish Too was a perfect end to the first week of spring. We departed and made our way to towards the end of the Galveston North Jetty. Rounding the end of the jetty, we anchored on the Gulf side so that the rocks would afford us some protection from the waves.   Weather was clear and sunny in upper 70’s with slight chop. Just off the sunken barge we caught 1 Gaff Top about 18 inches approximately 3 lbs and 1 small Croaker at that location.  After Fishing there for almost an hour, the action was pretty slow so we hauled anchor and headed inbound. We ended up at the North Jetty boat cut and anchored just near the deepest part of the channel that is washed out by the action of the tides running through the cut. Had a lot of nibbles but nothing landed.  As the water warms up we hope so will the fishing,

Thanks to all the Sea Aggies that joined us on Friday and I hope to see you all again soon.  With the changes in the weather the fish will be moving so make sure to sign up in the Office of Student Life before it gets too cold! Just a reminder: Friday Fishing trips depart at 1pm, end at 5pm and are absolutely free. Just bring your own fishing gear, bait, snacks and beverages (Non Alcoholic), and closed toed shoes (no flip flops). Not into fishing? No problem! There’s plenty of space on the boat to lay out and relax in the sun, nature watch, take pictures or hang out in the air-conditioned cabin so come enjoy a boat ride after a long week in class.

Fair winds,

Capt. Jay

March  2012

Friday Fishin'

Join Waterfront Operations for Friday Fishin' Starting March 23rd

Departing from the TAMUG Marina Fridays at 1pm return at 5pm

Sign up in the office of student life

For more information click here Friday Fishin'

February 2012

Waterfront Operations would like to thank Art Smith of Houston for donating the charter fishing boat Triple DouTriple Doubleble to the University.  This vessel is a 1979 33ft Bertram cockpit motor yacht.  With twin Cummins 6BT engines this vessel has a top speed near 30kts and cruises comfortable at 15kts.  Able to carry 6 persons in addition to crew this vessel will make a great trainer for our students and outreach as well as being a development vessel for future donations. 

January 2012

Waterfront Operations is pleased to announce the recent additions to our staff of Capt. Frank Rivera, Capt. Jason Brunson and Engineer Dane Wilson.

With the increased vessel missions, and our plans to offer boat operations and boat safety classes, we have to grow our capabilities to match.

Capt. Frank Rivera is a retired Navy Chief Bosun Mate and comes to us from San Diego where he has spent the last 15 years working for Defense Support Services training the Navy Recruits how to drive boats.  His extensive service in the Navy, and in teaching others how to operate vessels, makes him a perfect fit for our growing academic mission here.

Capt. Jason Brunson comes to us from Pensacola, Florida.  Jason had spent the past 10 years in the offshore supply and party boat industry preceded by a tour in the U.S. Coast Guard.   His strong safety background will give our mission the needed oversight for safety compliance.  The time spent in the offshore industry operating out of Galveston gives him great local knowledge and the boat handling skills to carry out our vessel missions

Dane Wilson is a 2011 graduate of TAMUG with a degree in Maritime Administration.  He has worked as a student worker, a temporary worker and now is signed on full time with the Waterfront Department.  His experiences here, and with his family’s business, uniquely qualify him to take care of the maintenance and repair of our fleet.  Supervising the student workers and working closely with our captains, Dane is responsible for keeping our vessels reliable and looking sharp.

In other news on the Waterfront,

I would like to give the University’s Congratulations to our Dive Safety Officer, Kevin Buch.  Kevin has accepted a position in Oregon and is leaving for the blue waters of the Pacific Coast.  We wish him the best and he will always be a part of the Sea Aggies.  Thank you Kevin for all the hard work you have put in here building our dive program.

In the interim the DSO responsibilities will be filled by Aimee Hufton.  I would like to thank her for her dedication to the program and for graciously accepting the added responsibilities.  We are in the preliminary stages of conducting a national search for a new Dive Program Manager.  Any and all qualified applicants will be considered.    

We look forward to all the great things we are planning and hope to see you out on the water soon!

  

December 7, 2011

For many years, TAMUG has touted the ocean as its classroom. And, that claim is more than a bragging right. It’s fact. In addition to ocean research studies and maritime training activities across the globe, TAMUG students are accessing on-the-water education in what some might call their own ship channel. 

Captain Allan Post, director of TAMUG’s Waterfront Operations, describes the relevance of this unique form of academic training.

“Our students have access to floating classrooms adjacent to our island campus,” he says. “These ‘wave’ classrooms offer experiences that few universities provide. They enhance academic studies and prepare our graduates for great ocean careers.”

According to Post, TAMUG is developing the best waterfront academic training on the Gulf Coast, and the floating classroom program is further evidence of this. He says that floating classrooms afford students opportunities to actually study in the environment that directly relates to the workings of the maritime fields, technical trades or marine sciences.

“Students actually benefit from waterfront classrooms, because of hands-on practical training that enhances their academic studies,” Post says. “Offering an increased number of floating classrooms provides greater opportunities for students to participate in hands-on learning in their field of study outside their traditional classrooms.”

waterfrontUsing a mix of education, training and recreational vessels provides floating classrooms that can be available seven-days-a-week throughout the year. Professors now have more options to board TAMUG boats with their students and conduct research projects, labs, and other training that enhances traditional classroom study.

Post points to an increase in the number of academically-related boat trips taken through Waterfront Operations since last year.

“We’ve increased our number of boat missions by nearly 150 percent in one year,” he says. “Where we carried out 50 missions before, we’re now completing 124 outings. More vessels will be needed to accommodate this growing demand. By the end of this academic year, we hope to carry 5,000 students on floating classrooms.”

While endeavoring to create the best program for academic training on the water, the floating classroom program has generated additional benefits.

TAMUG Waterfront Operations has obtained funding to operate newer, larger vessels for academic teaching and professional mariner training. These new vessels will accommodate full class sections. Add to this a new safety program, and classrooms are students are secure on the water.

For more information about Waterfront classes, contact Captain Allan Post at posta@tamug.edu

October 21, 2011

Our seventh Friday Fishin’ trip aboard the Flying Fish Toowas our biggest turnout yet! Twenty five students AND parents boarded the boat just before 2 p.m. on Friday, October 21. We departed shortly thereafter and made our way to towards the end of the Galveston North Jetty. Rounding the end of the jetty, we anchored on the Gulf side so that the rocks would afford us some protection from the waves being kicked by a brisk southeast wind. Fishing there for almost an hour, we picked up a few small fish but overall the action was pretty slow so we hauled anchor and headed to another spot. We ended up at the North Jetty boat cut and anchored just near the deepest part of the channel that is washed out by the action of the tides running through the cut. While there we hooked up on several Bull Redfish which were lost right at the boat but we did manage to boat one redfish of 29 inches which was released as well as several smaller fish such as Gafftopsaill Catfish, Hardhead Catfish and Sand Trout.

Thanks to all the Sea Aggies and Sea Aggie parents and family that joined us on Friday and I hope to see you all again soon. With the changes in the weather the fish will be moving so make sure to sign up in the Office of Student Life before it gets too cold! Just a reminder: Friday Fishing trips depart at 2pm, end at 6pm and are absolutely free. Just bring your own fishing gear, bait, snacks and beverages (Non Alcoholic), and closed toed shoes (no flip flops). Not into fishing? No problem! There’s plenty of space on the boat to lay out and relax in the sun, nature watch, take pictures or hang out in the air-conditioned cabin so come enjoy a boat ride after a long week in class.

See you on the water, Capt. Shawn

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October 14, 2011

Our sixth Friday Fishin’ trip aboard the Flying Fish Too departed TAMUG on Friday, October 14th at 2:04p.m. with 8 passengers aboard. Once again, we headed to the end of the Galveston South Jetty, this time under more favorable conditions with a light breeze from the East and about 2 foot seas. Once there, we anchored amongst a few other boats fishing just on the offshore side of the jetty. Although the winds were fairly calm, the tide was rushing in this afternoon causing our boat to sit somewhat sideways to the waves making us rock a little and swing on our anchor. We stayed at this spot for almost an hour catching numerous small fish such as Whiting, Sand Trout and Croakers. Josh Warren and his father Brad were cleaning up on the small fish at this spot sometimes each catching two at a time at the same time! From there we moved to the end of the North Jetty to try our luck on boating some more sizeable fish. We anchored on the Gulf side of the jetty near the rocks and the combination of light winds and strong inbound tide kept us parallel to the jetty for most of our time there. After waiting about 30 minutes, we heard line peeling off of Paul Roberts’ reel as a large Bull Redfish hit his bait of live mullet fished on the bottom. Then, while Paul was finessing the monster Red on light tackle, Matt Denton hooked up and quickly landed an Atlantic Stingray of about 5 lbs. Soon after, Paul brought his Redfish to the side of the boat as Josh Warren scooped it up in the net. But apparently that net was no match for this Bull Redfish as the frame promptly broke nearly in two as the fish was being hauled into the boat. In all it was a great afternoon to be out on the water and see some Aggies working together on some nice fish. Here are a few individual catch reports:

Josh and Brad Warren:                  Many Sand Trout, Whiting, and Croaker (released all but 4)
Matt Denton:                                    5 lb Atlantic Stingray (released)
Paul Roberts:                                     39” Bull Redfish (tagged)


Thanks to all who joined us on Friday and I hope to see you again this week. As the weather changes the fish will be moving so make sure to sign up in the Office of Student Life before it gets too cold! Just a reminder: Friday Fishing trips depart at 2pm, end at 6pm and are absolutely free. Just bring your own fishing gear, bait, snacks and beverages (Non Alcoholic), and closed toed shoes (no flip flops). Not into fishing? No problem! There’s plenty of space on the boat to lay out and relax in the sun, nature watch, take pictures or hang out in the air-conditioned cabin so come enjoy a boat ride after a long week in class.

For more information click here Friday Fishin’

See you on the water,


Capt. Shawn Clark

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October 7, 2011

Our fifth Friday Fishin’ trip aboard the Flying Fish Too departed TAMUG on Friday, October 7th at 2:04p.m. with 18 passengers aboard. We headed to the end of the Galveston South Jetty only to be stopped by the steep waves brought on by several days of strong Easterly winds. From there we traveled to the North Jetty Boat cut, as we had done the previous week, in hopes of calmer waters. Once there, we noticed the gulf waters pouring through the cut into the bay and a significant color change from the brown water of the churned up gulf and the green, clearer water of the bay. We anchored there in 20 feet of water and, although more protected from the winds, still experienced some good swells rolling in from the Gulf. Fishing was challenging this day with strong currents from an incoming tide and the strong winds causing the boat to swing back and forth on her anchor. Sticking it out in this location for the duration of the trip, we managed to pick up a few small gafftopsail catfish and sand trout and we also boated one 36” Bull Redfish. In addition, two more unknown fish were hooked and escaped to fight another day after giving  a couple of our anglers some excitement. After weighing anchor at 5:30, we made our way home and were docked at TAMUG just a few minutes after 6. Congratulations to our angler with the catch of the day:
 

Robert Guerrero:             36” Bull Redfish (released)

Thanks to all who ventured out on Friday and I hope to see you again this week! Just a reminder: Friday Fishing trips depart at 2pm, end at 6pm and are absolutely free. Just bring your own fishing gear, bait, snacks and beverages (Non Alcoholic), and closed toed shoes (no flip flops). Not into fishing? No problem! There’s plenty of space on the boat to lay out and relax in the sun or hang out in the air-conditioned cabin so come enjoy a boat ride after a long week in class.
 

For more information click here Friday Fishin’
See you on the water,

Capt. Shawn Clark
 
 
September 30, 2011
Our fourth Friday Fishin’ trip aboard the Flying Fish Too was a little more challenging than previous excursions. We left TAMUG on Friday, Sept. 30 just after 2p.m. with 17 passengers aboard and headed to the end of the Galveston South Jetty. Winds from the East and strong current made for a slightly wet and bouncy ride out but once we anchored on the Gulf side of the jetty the seas were more manageable. Although everyone was trying their best, this spot didn’t turn out to be productive so after about an hour we pulled anchor and searched for another area. The next spot was the North Jetty Boat Cut which is a gap in the rocks about a mile away from the Bolivar Peninsula. This opening in the jetty allows for vast amounts water to flow in and out the bay with the tides and is a popular area for fish to find a meal. After about half an hour there we had caught just a few gafftopsail catfish, mostly small, but then we heard the sound of line quickly peeling off a reel as a Bull Redfish had found the bait of Michael Bradley, who was fishing with cut shad on the bottom. After a short but lively fight he brought in the 37 inch redfish, which was released. Then, on a tip, we headed to the concrete ship “Selma” where I was told that seven Bull Reds had been caught just minutes before our arrival but, alas, there were no more to be found and our time was up so we made way for home and were dockside at TAMUG at about 6:15pm. Even though the “catching”  part of this fishing trip was slow, it was still a nice afternoon on the water. Congratulations to our angler with the catch of the day:
 Michael Bradley: 37” Bull Redfish (released)
And thanks to all who ventured out on Friday and their Aggie persistence! Just a reminder: Friday Fishing trips depart at 2pm, end at 6pm and are absolutely free. Just bring your own fishing gear, bait, snacks and beverages (Non Alcoholic), and closed toed shoes (no flip flops). Not into fishing? No problem! There’s plenty of space on the boat to lay out and relax in the sun or hang out in the air-conditioned cabin so come enjoy a boat ride after a long week in class.
 For more information click here Friday Fishin’
 See you on the water,
 Capt. Shawn Clark
 
September 23, 2011
Our Third Friday Fishin’ trip aboard the Flying Fish Too was another success! We left TAMUG on Friday, Sept. 23 just after 2p.m. with a 17 passengers aboard and headed to the end of the Galveston North Jetty. A light breeze from the Southeast and clear sunny skies made for a nice day on the water. We anchored on the Gulf side of the jetty and began to catch Spanish Mackerel on a variety of baits. These fish are very fun to catch, especially on light tackle and were biting on live and dead shrimp and mullet that were fished from mid depths to the bottom. Although the mackerel are usually found near the surface, there was an abundance of them lower in the water column this day. In all, we caught over a dozen Spanish mackerel (plus the ones that got away) and several Blacktip and Atlantic Sharpnose sharks. Some individual catch reports are as follows:
Michael Ross:                    3 Spanish mackerel and 2 Blacktip sharks
Matthew Denton:           3 Spanish Mackerel plus two that were lost right at the boat.
Matthew Tobeck:             5 Spanish Mackerel and 2 Blacktip Sharks
 Thanks to all who ventured out on Friday and great job with the mackerel! Just a reminder: Friday Fishing trips depart at 2pm, end at 6pm and are absolutely free. Just bring your own fishing gear, bait, snacks and beverages (Non Alcoholic), and closed toed shoes (no flip flops). Not into fishing? No problem! There’s plenty of space on the boat to lay out and relax in the sun or hang out in the air-conditioned cabin so come enjoy a boat ride after a long week in class.
 For more information click here Friday Fishin’
 See you on the water,
 Capt. Shawn Clark
 
 
 
 
September 16, 2011
Our second Friday Fishin’trip aboard the Flying Fish Too was productive from the start right up to the very end! We left TAMUG on Friday, Sept. 16 just after 2p.m. with a record 20 passengers aboard and headed to the end of the Galveston South Jetty. A moderate breeze from the East made for a choppy day but the fish cooperated despite the waves. Once anchored, we were surrounded by large schools of mullet working the top of the water near a tide line, where the water color and current change as the water swirls around the jetty. We quickly started catching various species such as Sand Trout, Whiting, Croaker and Hardhead Catfish as well as three Atlantic Sharpnose Sharks. Although dozens of these species were caught, the fish and (and sharks) were pretty small so most were released. The action on the smaller fish was pretty consistent for the first half of the trip and then, as had happened on the previous trip, the Redfish started to move through. In all three Bull Redfish were boated with the largest being 42” and around 30 pounds! Travis Rhodes hooked up on this massive Redfish right as we were about to pull anchor and head in and he fought the fish for nearly 30 minutes on light tackle as the bull surfaced and dove several times. Following are some individual catch reports:
 Aaron Adams:   37” Bull Red (released)
Chris Franks:      33” Bull Red (tagged)
Travis Rhodes:   42” Bull Red (tagged)
 Thanks to all who ventured out last Friday and congratulations on some impressive catches. Just a reminder: Friday Fishing trips depart at 2pm, end at 6pm and are absolutely free. Just bring your own fishing gear, bait, snacks and beverages (Non Alcoholic), and closed toed shoes (no flip flops). Not into fishing? No problem! There’s plenty of space on the boat to lay out and relax in the sun or hang out in the air-conditioned cabin so come enjoy a boat ride after a long week in class.
 For more information click here Fishing Flyer 2011.pdf
 See you on the water,
Capt. Shawn
 
 
 
September 9, 2011
Our first fishing trip aboard our new vessel, the Flying Fish Too, was a great success! We departed last Friday, Sept. 9 at 2:10 pm with 5 anglers and one rider aboard and made our way to the end of the Galveston North Jetty. Once there, we anchored just outside the jetty amongst a few other boats. The weather was great with clear skies and a nice southeasterly breeze to keep us cool. At first the action was a little slow but then the redfish started to move through in abundance. In all, we caught and released 3 redfish over 28 inches (known as Bull Redfish) and caught and kept one redfish of 34 inches (with the proper tag), two redfish 26” in length, two Florida pompano, a nice sized whiting, a small ladyfish and a hardhead catfish. Some individual catch reports are as follows:
Veronica DeLaGarza:      34” Redfish                                                                        
Samuel DeLaGarza :        26” Redfish, 30” Bull Redfish (released)
Josh Warren:                     26” Redfish, 32” Bull Redfish (released),  Florida Pompano
Brad Warren:                     30” Bull redfish (released), Florida Pompano, Whiting
 
 
Many thanks to all those that joined us on our inaugural fishing trip on the Flying Fish Too. With the extra speed and increased range of our new addition, I’m confident we will have many more successful and enjoyable trips to come. Just a reminder: Friday Fishing trips depart at 2pm, end at 6pm and are absolutely free. Just bring your own fishing gear and make sure to wear closed toed shoes (no flip flops). Not into fishing? No problem! There’s plenty of space on the boat to lay out and relax in the sun or hang out in the air-conditioned cabin so come enjoy a boat ride after a long week in class.
See you on the water! Capt. Shawn
 
 
September 2011
Time to grab your poles and head to the water.  Fishing starts again on Friday 09/09/2011 and will run to the end of the semester.
See Flyer Fishing Flyer 2011.pdf
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