IF YOU ARE ANYWHERE CLOSE
TO THE TEXAS COAST YOU ARE LIKELY NOT FAR
FROM A FISHING PIER. Pier fishing is very accessible
and very easy. You got one? AND WHETHER YOU ARE
AN EXPERIENCED OR AN ASPIRING ANGLER, A SEA OF FISHING
OPPORTUNITY AWAITS. Everybody is equal on that pier. Everybody’s got the equal chance
to catch the fish. A fish! (laughter) (Zydeco music) VICTOR FONTENOT AND
HIS FRIEND DARRELL BEAN HAVE COME TO GALVESTON
FROM HOUSTON TO CATCH REDFISH. Hardhead! OR AT LEAST SOMETHING OTHER
THAN HARDHEAD CATFISH. Thought I had something decent. I just like being out here,
it’s just nice to get outdoors. This is the place to be. Hope I catch something
like that again. Now what is this?
Looks like a little different one. CRAIG WEEKS AND HIS SON DAN
ARE VISITING FROM ILLINOIS, He’s looking at you. LIKE SOME OF THE OTHER FOLKS
OUT TODAY, THEY’RE NEW TO SALTWATER FISHING. Awww, it took all my bait. AND THAT MEANS THE PIER
IS A GOOD PLACE TO BE. This guy caught two
at the same time, look! It’s a great way to start. There’s piers up and down the coast
that will rent fishing equipment to you. Talk to the folks on the pier
about what’s biting and how to catch it, and you’ll be under way
in about five minutes. Alright Dan. Let’s, yeah.
Whoops! I’m a total novice at fishing
as is Daniel. Everybody’s been helping us out a lot,
and helping identify the fish, and getting off the hook,
and just explaining everything, too. Yellow tail and silver perch?
That’s a neat looking fish. THIS FATHER AND SON
DON’T TAKE ANY FISH HOME, BUT THEY DO TAKE BACK
SOME STORIES. When he caught it he says
“Dad it’s a shark, its a shark!’ And I still didn’t believe him. He had said he wanted to catch a shark, I didn’t think there was a
chance in the world that he would. I just couldn’t believe it. Touch him.
Just so exciting. Very awesome! MEANWHILE, VICTOR HAS SOME SUCCESS. THERE IS SOMETHING BIG ON HIS LINE,
AND HE HOPES IT’S A REDFISH. Yeah, he’s running with it. See if I let him
wear himself on out. Darrell, go ask them people
if they have a net. If I get him in
it’ll make it all worthwhile. (laughing) AFTER A LONG FIGHT, AND WITH A LITTLE HELP
FROM HIS FRIEND… Got it. Thank you Lord! VICTOR BRINGS IN HIS CATCH. Wooo, that’s a big one.
That’s a nice one now. IT’S AN ALMOST THREE FOOT LONG
BULL RED. Thirty-five?
Thirty five. A SALTWATER FISHING LICENSE INCLUDES A TAG
TO KEEP JUST ONE OF THESE FISH PER YEAR… Got to put this tag
around his tail. VICTOR HAS HIS. Need a camera now,
to show the fellas. NEARBY, ON GALVESTON BAY, OTIS RAY HAS HAD A WINDY
AND UNEVENTFUL AFTERNOON. BUT A SEASONED FISHERMAN KNOW
PERSISTENCE USUALLY PAYS OFF. OHHH! This looks like a good one. That looks like a keeper. IN AN INSTANT,
THE SPOTTED SEA TROUT HAVE TURNED ON. Sometimes you hit em
and sometimes you don’t. It’s real nice.
We appreciate that. This looks like it’s
sixteen and a half inches. In the state of Texas
you can take it home. AND WHERE THERE’S ONE FISH… Sixteen and a half. THERE ARE OFTEN MORE. Seventeen and a half. AND MORE. We have another eighteen incher. Not a bad day. Not a bad day at all. Pier fishing is the way to go. It’s relaxing, inexpensive. That’s the best part. For seven, eight dollars…
you spend twenty four hours fishing. If you can stand it. You can catch all different kinds of fish, red drum, sheephead, flounder. What is this? Red fish? I don’t know. Feels like a big one. That’s a drum. Drum. Oh yeah. Let’s get the net, if you don’t mind. WHILE THE GREATEST VARIETY OF GULF
AND BAYSIDE PIERS MAY BE FOUND AROUND HOUSTON
AND GALVESTON, THERE IS PLENTY OF PIER FISHING
ALL ALONG THE COAST. Yeah! Looky there. THOUGH THE SERVICES OR CATCH-OF-THE-DAY
MAY VARY… This is my first fish that I catch,
in my life. …A FEW THINGS DON’T. It seems to be a very relaxed atmosphere. Everybody just mingle and talk,
and just have fun you know. I appreciate it. Everybody, works as a team.
Kind of a pier review even. (laughs) Everybody’s got stories. Some of them are even true. (polka music) I haven’t caught a big fish
like these guys. The biggest fish I’ve caught
off a pier was…(laughs) Massive, it was massive. Six and a half foot hammerhead. The biggest one I’ve caught
was a six, eleven black tip. About this big. Oh, about a fifty-two inch red fish. Right here, tiger shark.
Caught him out that way (laughs). An eight-foot, three tiger shark
off of this pier. No fish stories here. I swear. My witnesses are all right here. NORTH OF CORPUS CHRISTI NEAR ROCKPORT, THE PIER AT GOOSE ISLAND STATE PARK
HAS LONG BEEN A FAVORITE SPOT TO FISH ARANSAS BAY. FOR MANY, FISHING HERE
IS A FAMILY TRADITION. Ever since I’ve been a little kid
been coming out here. We come down here for
a little relaxation. One of these days we might get lucky
and catch a fish! (laughing) (fish splashing) Flounder. He caught a flounder. IT SEEMS THOSE WHO SPEND THE
MOST TIME PIER FISHING, CAN HAVE FUN EVEN WITHOUT THE FISH. At least I’ve caught a fish. now Even if we didn’t catch the flounder
we still had a good time. It’s nice to prove to the wives
that we did go fishing. I’ve only fished in the ocean once. ON ANY GIVEN DAY… It’s been a long time
since I’ve been fishing. ALL ALONG THE TEXAS COAST, THERE ARE FOLKS ENJOYING FISHING PIERS. Except for that part that
we haven’t caught any fish. A little black tip. THE FISHING MAY BE FAST PACED… We’ve been catching a whole bunch of
these this size. …OR THE FISHING MAY BE SLOW… (boy sighs) BUT EVEN THEN,
THERE’S GOOD REASON TO BE ON A PIER. Just to relax and just enjoy the view. MAYBE WE ALL NEED A PLACE
TO DO THAT NOW AND THEN. Fishing is not just about catching fish. It’s more like an art than a science, and like art, everybody
appreciates it in a different way. It’s relaxing. It’s just beautiful out here. Fishing is about being out here,
on the water, meeting folks,
attempting to catch a fish. But if we don’t catch a fish,
it don’t matter… …’cause we went fishing.