Offshore Fishing, Aug. 6th 2010....... Jeff, Matt, Santos, Brian,
and Steven boarded Capt. Chris Farley's new boat and headed into
the gulf of Mexico. The plan was to run 55 miles out to a known
piece of submerged structure. Water was smooth and the spirits
Surprisingly we found a few shrimp boats tied together 25 miles
out with the crews out on the deck working through the cull. Fishing
around the back of these shrimp boats yielded 2 bonita, a few
king fish and some atlantic sharpnose sharks.
When the fishing slowed after a couple drifts we saddled up and
headed the rest of the way to our original destination. This proved
to be a great spot this morning as we were constantly hooked up
with good kingfish. In what seemed like no time flat we had the
boat limit of 2 each in the icebox. We headed to yet another shrimp
boat on the horizon where hooked a few more sharks and watched
a nice ling eat a drifting bait then all rejoiced when Jeff hauled
I sure am glad that Capt. Chris had a special Ling leader loaded
up and ready to cast. Enroute to our next destination we spotted
some floating weed lines so the trolling baits came out. It took
several tries to find them but we eventually started hooking up
The fish were as always brilliant in their green blue and yellow
but this was the most I had ever seen them Jump. One must have
gotten 12ft into the air. I guess seeing the water spout was indeed
a good omen.
Total Body Count: 4 Dorado, 1 Ling, 1o Kingfish, 2 Bonito, 5
We hit one more shrimp boat to little effect (other than a refreshing
swim) and loaded up for the 64mile ride back into Surfside Marina.
When we got back onto land we let Moon Dog entertain us and fillet
the fish while we had a few more beers. This is my third trip
with Capt Chris and each one has been better than the last, He
will have his hands full to top this one.
I no longer have to shop around for a fishing charter. I just
call Reel Satisfaction and you should too. Capt Chris Farley has
proven to be a great guide due to his flexibility, customer focus
and skills. I have been out with Capt Chris with both experienced
and novice fishermen and his flexibility was evident. With experienced
anglers who wanted the challenge he allowed us to fish when and
where we wanted. Allowing us to choose between available options,
choosing to run out further or stay near shore, and hooking our
own fish. With novice anglers Capt Chris and his deckhand proved
to be good at teaching the skills necessary and if the customer
preferred, hooking up the fish solidly. Capt. Chris has always
made certain everyone on his boat is comfortable and having a
good time, even in rough seas. Capt. Chris' customer focus was
evident on the rare occasion that the fishing was slow it evidently
bothered him, I like to know that my captain is just as interested
in catching fish as I am. Last but not least Capt Chris has repeatedly
demonstrated the skills I expect from a captain in terms of boatmanship
and the Gaff. The runs in and out have always been as quick and
comfortable as the conditions allowed, drifts around structure
and trolling around weed lines has always been well conducted
to maximize fishing time and minimize waste. Last but not least
we have never lost a fish to poor work on the gaff, if a fish
gets boat side it has always come aboard.
June 14th, 2008.....It isn't often that you lay in bed hoping
for the alarm to go off. But when it is programmed to call reveille
at 4:00am you know something big is in the air. Jim and I waited
on my front porch and I felt my spirits rise when the big dodge
pick-up pulled to a stop in front of the house. Woody Chris and
Alan jumped out, we "Howdy-ed" and shook hands then
we packed into the truck and headed south, headed back to my house
because I had forgotten my wallet then headed south again 20 minutes
We arrived at the dock embarrassingly late and loaded the cases
of beer onto the 25ft Contender. I asked Capt. Chris Farley what
to expect, hoping to be told of Huge Snapper, Long Kingfish, and
Drag Pulling Amber Jacks, and he said it was ROUGH out there.
Capt. Chris had three large bean bag chairs that completely mitigated
the roughness of the ride and one person could ride in the center
console on the foot pad making it a comfortable ride for four
fishermen. Even so, the rough seas meant that that ride was a
bit slow and meant that running far enough offshore to find amberjacks
was out of the question. We took turns being the odd man out and
getting the full effect of the 4 to 6 ft seas on the way out to
the fishing. It was rough enough that twice the capt. asked if
we wanted to keep going out. Obviously, we did not ask to head
back to the dock, you don't get a crew like this together often
enough turn around before even a single line gets wet. I for one
was smiling broadly on the run out, it was great to feel the great
outdoors and to be there with great friends. As we rode out we
surveyed the fishing gear and were happy to see many of the same
reels that we have in our personal collections. After about 2
hours of battering by the Gulf of Mexico we throttled down in
the proximity of a rig approx. 30 miles offshore.
We first endeavored to pull some red snapper up from the bottom.
We fished "Snapper Jigs". A heavy lead head with a buck
tail and standard hook, and a stinger hook attached to the hook
with an inch and a half of wire leader. Each Jig was baited with
Sardines, double hooking them, once through the eye and once in
the body between the dorsal fin and tail.
We fished the bottom third of the 80ft water depth, the fishing
was slow but the Snappers landed were good sized. We had several
Snappers in the boat when I hooked up with domething that ran
out, away from the boat rather than down. After a nice fight I
brought a 38 inch Cobia to the side of the boat where the Captain
put the Gaff to it and hauled the thrashing sea creature up onto
the deck of the boat. After getting the Cobia onto the ice and
sharing a slimy, bloody handshake we got back to the Snapper and
it didn't take long for Woody to hook up with something that was
clearly of a heavier class by the way it bent the rod over. When
it was finally in the boat we all remarked that while we had seen
pictures of such Snapper (15+ pounds) it was the largest any of
us had ever seen in person, head and tail longer than the other
Fishing at this site slowed but we managed a few more Snapper
before moving to a honey hole a few miles away. Fishing over this
wreck was fun, we dropped the Snapper rigs at the captains' signal
and everyone immediately hooked up. The fish here were smaller,
typically on the edge of the 16 inch limit, but in two passes
we had filled the 10 Snapper limit for the boat and be gan bump
trolling jigs with either Sardines or Ribbon Fish for pelagic
fishes. The rig was similar but it was a much lighter jig head,
and the rigs for ribbon fish had two stingers to hook the long
We trolled over the wreck a few times quickly putting a legal
kingfish in the icebox but subsequent passes yielded no bites
so we loaded up and ran again to another spot with structure.
We trolled baits but saw zero action at his location and decided
to head back inshore where fishing had been better earlier. We
worked in, bouncing from rig to rig with little besides the fun
of fishing with friends to show but a few trigger fish.
On the run between rigs Alan spotted birds over a tremendous
writhing mass of bait. The action was along a rip line and we
worked the area in and around the bait, We landed a couple blacktip
sharks and were taunted by a boat-wise Cobia that apparently wasn't
in the mood for a late lunch of sardine or ribbon fish. We threw
every type of terminal tackle in the boat at that fish as it swam
around the boat to no avail. Finally we gave up and trolled away
only to have a sardine hit and broke off on a line far behind
As we pushed into Texas waters the color changed to green, we
pulled up in the shadow of a rig and commenced to catch one blacktip
shark after another, Jim and Woody especially had a knack for
hooking the ocean predators, at least a dozen sharks were brought
boatside and released but the number may have been 16 or possibly
143 it was tough to keep track. There were several times where
there were doubles hooked up. If there weren't a limit of 1 shark
per boat we would likely still be filleting. The shark fishing
around this rig really made the trip a memorable experience. It
was gratifying to hear the radio fall silent indicating that the
other boats working the Gulf that afternoon had given while we
were happily fighting 4 foot sharks. I think that when we finally
loaded up and headed for Freeport that everyone was very satisfied.
Capt. Chris urged us to come again when the water conditions
promised to be more condusive to kingfish and amberjack and I
intend to take him up on the offer because Capt. Chris obviously
has a customer first attitude. Capt. Chris Farley did everything
I hope and expect a fishing guide to do: He ran the boat quick
so we could spend more time fishing than boating without beating
us to death. He managed the drifts well and kept us on fish whenever
there were fish, he was willing to fish the way we wanted to such
as working the birds and bait, he ran the gaff well, was pleasant
to chat with, and it obviously bothered him when the fishing was
Saturday, Aug. 23, 2008......... The weather was all rain and
lightning early in the week and it made me nervous that the plans
might get scrubbed but low and behold, I found myself looking
at the sky friday and thinking how nice it must be for Woody,
eric, and Chris down on the coast.
I shagged down to Surfside Friday night. when I arrived I found
that the afternoon's whiskey fueled fires had subsided and the
boys were enjoying the amenities at the Anchor Inn.
This place in Surfside is far from a five star resort, in fact
I found it impossible to find any single thing about the hotel
that was even as good as 'unacceptable' Most notably the odor.
Anyway, We woke up well before the sun and after a stop to gather
a couple cups of coffee we were soon loading Capt. Chris Farley's
boat. This is the same captain we ran offshore with earlier when
the seas were rough. We had none of the same type of issues this
time out. The ride was smooth enough that we could enjoy our beverages
easily while Sitting in a bean bag skipping across the nearly
smooth surface of the Gulf of mexico. In fact, Capt. Chris would
later remark that we didn't see a wave over 2 ft. all day.
The upshot of the smooth water was that we were able to run fast
out to the hot spots the captain had in mind. Less than two hours
later we cut the engines and started trolling for kingfish and
it didn't take long for the fish to play along.
This early morning fishing was one of the multitude of highlights
of the day. I greatly enjoyed the opportunity to run a trolling
jig with a sardine behind the boat but it got even better when
Eric fought in his first kingfish ever. The good times and good
fishing had everyone in high spirits especially myself. Everyone
in the boat was cleaning up at this fishin' hole, except me. Woody
was lucky enough to get hooked up with a nice amber jack was gaffed
into the boat very early in the day.
Eric caught an extremely large kingfish, the largest I've ever
personally seen caught. All good things must come to an end and
the excellent fishing at this spot stopped. We hit a couple other
honey holes where we trolled for kings. Even if I was the butt
of the joke, it was fun to be ribbed constantly about being unable
to catch a kingfish, Luckily I finally put a kingfish in the boat
about this time.Woody proved that he had some sort of Zen connection
with the Red Snapper, hooking them up constantly.
Chris Z. and myself adapted the "do exactly what woody
does" fishing method to hook a couple red snapper also, unfortunately
Red Snapper in federal waters are off limits now so some very
large delicious fish got sent back into the dark blue water. We
had a limit of kingfish when we started headed back inshore.
During the ride in Alan demonstrated his offshore skills, spotting
weed mats for us to fish around. Trolling around a weed line approx.
25miles offshore we were surprised to hook up with a wahoo.
We tried to troll up some Dorado but they proved to be much more
catchable with a small treble hook and a hunk of squid. We fished
several weed lines with the small treble hook rigs. The fishing
was hot and heavy since the school of fish would stay active and
near the boat so long as one of the hooked Dorado was kept in
the water until his colleague could be hooked.
We made one final stop in Texas Waters to pull some legal Red
Snapper in before heading for the fish cleaning table where we
got lots of helpful fish cleaning tips from the old guy who runs
the Fish Cleaning Service that we declined.
All in All I feel like Saturday we may well have had the type
of fishing that that lead to Capt. Chris telling his clients on
Sunday " You Should have been here yesterday..."
My 7 year old daughter Paiten and I would like to thank Captain
Chris for the outstanding outing. Reel Satisfaction Charters is
a first class operation run by nice people that go out of their
way to ensure a quality time is had by all no matter their age.
I highly recommend Reel Satisfaction Charters to anyone wanting
to have a positive offshore experience. Capt. Chris knows his
business and will put you on the fish.
Going offshore on the Hit-N-Run with Captain Chris has become
a yearly ritual for me and my 2 sons, now aged 11 and 13. I wouldn't
consider anyone else in the Brazosport area.
I've been offshore fishing in Texas all my life but I knew when
I was ready to introduce my 10 year old son to fishing offshore
it was time for me to hire a guide. I needed solid results or
my little guy may get frustrated and burn out quick. My son and
I took his first offshore trip with Capt Chris and Capt Benny
and we slammed the fish and he was hooked! Every trip with them
since they have always delivered the same.....lots and lots of
fish (until my son usually it too exhausted to catch another one).
These guys always have a good plan when we head out, have been
out on the water fishing the days and weeks before, and know exactly
where the fish are. Chris and his father Capt Benny have fishing
spots in their GPS dating back several decades bringing us many
times to spots where no other boats are and it seems no one else
knows about. Capt Chris is an excellent guide and I can't say
enough about how nice he is to my 10 year old son. We're "regular
customers" now and I quit going to the boat show looking
for my own offshore boat. I know when it's time to let the "pros"
do the work !