Event Detail

Bolivar - Joel Berry
Start Date/Time: Thursday, October 26, 2023 9:00 AM
End Date/Time: Sunday, October 29, 2023 3:30 PM
Recurring Event: One time event
Weekend / Beginner Skill
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Trip Initiator: Joel Berry 

This will be the 18th or 19th year that we have had a Bolivar trip! PLEASE NOTE THAT I HAVE HAD TO MAKE A CHANGE IN THE ACCOMMODATIONS!

     I tried to rent the beach house that we have used on 15 occasions, but it is no longer available. AND SO I HAVE RENTED ANOTHER BEACH HOUSE FOR OUR TRIP.  (It's actually 4 houses down from the old house.)

     The name of the house is Clamdigger at 3329 Prides Way, Crystal Beach. Its maximum occupancy is 10 people. There are 7 beds so 3 people will need to bring a cot or air mattress. They do not provide bed linens or towels so bring your own. AND DON'T FORGET YOUR EARPLUGS! SOME of us snore. Due to the sleeping arrangements, only guys can stay at the house, but women are certainly welcome to join us on the water or at dinner. This will be infinitely more comfortable than car camping!

     I will be at the house Thursday afternoon. In the past, most people stay Thursday night as it makes it so much easier to get on the water early on Friday. The cost for the 3 nights is $85. PLEASE DO NOT WAIT TIL THE LAST MINUTE TO SEND YOUR CHECK!

     I WILL PROVIDE BREAKFAST ON FRIDAY, SATURDAY AND SUNDAY MORNING. Saturday we will have a group dinner at the Stingeree Restaurant at the marina.  If you bring your own filet, they will cook it for you, along with sides for around $13.  Obviously the house has a nice kitchen so you are welcome to prepare your meal there if you like. 

     If anyone has an RV and wants to stay at the Bolivar Peninsula RV park, their phone # is 409-877-1828. If anyone wants to rent another house, let me know. From what I've heard, the motels in the area are pretty gross.

     AS USUAL, I HAVE CHOSEN A WEEKEND WITH GOOD TIDES, SO AS LONG AS THE WEATHER COOPERATES, WE SHOULD DO VERY WELL! The marsh should be full of reds and flounder this time of year, and many huge big uglies are back there too.

     As for the fishing, most of us launch from the Stingeree Marina and fish the nearby marsh, or cross the intercoastal and fish the bay. If the surf is flat, the beach is just a couple blocks from the beach house. I HAVE ALWAYS HAD GOOD LUCK WITH LIVE BAIT IN THE MARSH,  AVAILABLE AT THE MARINA.



Leader:  Joel Berry, 281-650-7825 (cell)     joel.berry54@gmail.com

Date/Time:  Oct 26-29th, 2023  (Thur. Oct. 26 is optional)



  How to Sign Up:


If you want to go, contact Joel Berry directly - contact info above (or sign up at a monthly meeting) and provide: name, email address and phone number (preferably cell phone). Or login, and click the [Enroll for this Event] link on the top of this page to automatically have your name added to the list.

What to Pack/Bring:  

See Standard PACK List for items to consider for any PACK outing

Important items:

  • VHF Radio for communication and emergency contact
  • First Aid Kit 
  • Lunch, Water, snacks
  • Kayak Drift Sock 


Recommended guidelines for participates:

  • Make sure trip leader or an officer has your emergency contact
  • Notify the trip leader if you have any potential concerns
  • If inexperienced, then buddy up. Make sure the trip leader knows your experience level
  • Communicate with the trip leader, if you are unsure of your skill level required
  • Member dues are current
  • Guests are invited to participate
  • Have performed deep water entries
  • Cary a first aid kit
  • Have a life jacket
  • Have a VHF radio
  • Inform the trip leader of your float plan if planning to fish alone or longer then the designated times.
  • Sign in and sign out at the launch site. Inform the trip leader if you will be launching in a different place.

Recommended for Trip Leaders:

  • Insures proper authorizations
  • Secure sites
  • Prepare emergency preparedness plan
  • Keep abreast of weather conditions that might effect the trip
  • Point out any potential area hazards
  • Maintain a head count
  • Have available a first aid kit
  • Have a VHF radio


Expenses/Fees:  Confirm all fees with Joel Berry. Payment required in advance to secure a spot.



 Fishing Options: The marshes and back lakes to the West and East of Stingaree's, East Galveston Bay, Yates Cove, Yates Bayou, Big Pasture and more.  Rig for trout in the bay and Yates Cove. Redfish and Flounder in the marsh.  Bonus Fish:  Black Drum and Sheepshead.  As of September, the bait shop at Stingaree's is open. Call 409-684-9530 at the bait shop to make sure.



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Owned by unclejnb On Tuesday, February 21, 2023