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Almost that time of year!!!!

Reefahholic

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Location
League City
How hard is it to catch peppermint shrimp down there? Is it the wrong time of year for them?
Super easy. They get in there thick in the summer. You can tell if there in there easily by just looking for their red/pink little eyes. If you shine a light down in the rocks, they are all in there.
 

chellflower

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Jul 7, 2019
Location
Tyler, TX
Hello everyone,

I'm new to the forum....I joined last Fall and so far have only been reading the forums, this is my first time posting.

I live in Tyler but I go near houston every so often and have collected shrimp, etc a couple of times last summer around Surfside Beach.
I plan to visit Surfside again sometime this March and was wondering if anyone knows of any good spots there for collecting. I have a 40 gallon breeder that I'm building into a lagoonal reef for non aggressive critters and a couple of smaller tanks (10-25 gal) for 'nems and stuff.


I'm interested in finding:

macro algaes
sea grasses
seaweeds
pods
shrimp (peps and grass)
pipefish
seahorse
blennies
puffer
a sea buscuit/sand dollar if possible
micro stars and any other cleanup inverts


I can only collect during daylight since I have to get back home the same day (appx. 4 hour drive each way) so I only get an hour or two for collecting.
Any info anyone can give for good collecting locations is greatly appreciated.
 

Mpolasek

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Nov 9, 2019
Location
Houston
wait i can catch shrimp at Galveston ( not just oil that looks like shrimp ) im surprised you can catch anything in galvastion i normally go look at the water but if there is shrimp to look at that makes it so much better
 
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Reefahholic

Reef Junkie T.V.
Supporting Member
Joined
Feb 4, 2014
Location
League City
Hello everyone,

I'm new to the forum....I joined last Fall and so far have only been reading the forums, this is my first time posting.

I live in Tyler but I go near houston every so often and have collected shrimp, etc a couple of times last summer around Surfside Beach.
I plan to visit Surfside again sometime this March and was wondering if anyone knows of any good spots there for collecting. I have a 40 gallon breeder that I'm building into a lagoonal reef for non aggressive critters and a couple of smaller tanks (10-25 gal) for 'nems and stuff.


I'm interested in finding:

macro algaes
sea grasses
seaweeds
pods
shrimp (peps and grass)
pipefish
seahorse
blennies
puffer
a sea buscuit/sand dollar if possible
micro stars and any other cleanup inverts


I can only collect during daylight since I have to get back home the same day (appx. 4 hour drive each way) so I only get an hour or two for collecting.
Any info anyone can give for good collecting locations is greatly appreciated.
I’d say wait till mid to end of summer. Go on a night with almost slack wind. Make sure you check the web cam for clean green water. Then make the drive. Ohh and mid to low tide seems to be better for walking on the jetties which is where you will find the most life. It’s like the reef of Texas unless you can ride out to the Flower Gardens. :)
 

Reefahholic

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Feb 4, 2014
Location
League City
All the pics I have with clear water are from April to September, but the summer is absolutely better and when all the good stuff makes it in. Here’s some examples of clear water. 5FA9D50B-8C26-40BD-95CE-86BEBF97CB71.jpegDED35D2F-99F4-4587-803B-02279478459A.png5E01971A-A054-46D1-AB6F-7EEC3D454D7B.jpeg218B2BF1-7A0D-4E05-B6F8-5DB1D1F80376.jpeg
This is good example of slack winds
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chellflower

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Jul 7, 2019
Location
Tyler, TX
Thanks for the pics, they bring back memories...

I used to live close to Galveston on/off as a child, I climbed all over those granite boulders at the Dyke and Jetties back then.

Nowadays when I head down South, the dates are set about a month in advance, and are a one-day trip there and back, so I can't really plan my collecting adventures by the weather and I won't have time to go over to Galveston, so I only go to the closest beaches- in Freeport. This allows me to have an hour or two at the beach and still have time to make the 250 mile drive back home.....( mainly a chance to stretch out/walk before the long drive, as well as find possible goodies for my tank)
I hope to take a long weekend off this summer with my family, that's when I'll definitely head to Galveston ....and collect!!

This upcoming trip will be in late march- so a beach visit will simply depend on if its raining or not, but I had seen where someone had posted about collecting at Surfside Beach.

Would a marsh possibly be better than a jetty that early in Spring for finding much variety, especially if the wind/waves are choppy, or if it has rained/stormed pretty recently???

Thanks.
 
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