Fireater, Do you recommend a certain type net? I am going down there this weekend for some ghost shrimp for my eel and Sargassom fish. If you have a link or a place to get one, let me know what kind and where. Thanks. Arent you the one that took my chocolate chip starfish? Thanks
Since when did they restrict swimming along the groins? I was in Galveston on Friday and went to the groins where we'll be collecting on Wednesday, and they have my collecting spots roped off with big "No Swimming" signs. Can we ignore them?
They have been roped off for many years. It's funny though the only time it is enforced is when a lifeguard is on duty.
I will call my friend today who is a lifeguard and ask him if they are allowed to enforce the no swimming. I believe he said they are not allowed to keep you from inside the ropes though. Last year when we were collecting and the lifeguard showed up, she said something to us about it. I told her yea, yea, we know and she walked away kinda mad.
Looks like you have a southern puffer and a sargassum pipefish.
There are many more pipefish along the Texas coast and two other types of puffer. That goby looks like a clown goby and there are several more that can be collected as well, naked, code, darter and a few others as well as clingfish and skilletfish.
In the spring I know of one person who caught a dwarf seahorse in Christmas Bay, but I have had no luck.
I also have a friend who was lucky enough to catch a small sargassum trigger that had managed to stay with a mat until it came in.
You can also get grey snapper, which when small are cool, but they will get big and mean.
A school of juvinile pompano is also very cool but they will get big as well, however when small they will school like chromis.
A small spade fish is also cool but not exactly reef safe. Spade fish are related to surgeonfish, same super family I think.
I will add pictures of fish that I have caught when I can find them and when I am at work so I don't have to deal with dial up.