Louisiana Gulf Oil Spill
Category: Saltwater Fishing South Texas and Gulf Oil Spill.
We are very fortunate down here in the Port Aransas-Aransas Pass, Texas area of the Middle Coast of South Texas. The gulf current runs from South To North and all the oil is being carried from the Texas Louisiana border to Florida and beyond and will eventually cross the Atlantic and go to Great Britan over time. Hopefully they will get it capped tomorrow Wednesday May 26th like BP claims. More than likely it will not be capped until late July or August. They are drilling two relief wells so they can seal it off permanently.
I worked in the oilfield on a land rig in the early 80's and it is no easy task to cap a well that has blown out on land. Offshore it will even be more complicated. Now if we get a hurrincane in the gulf over the next 60 days it will spread oil everywhere along the entire Gulf of Mexico. The State of Louisiana has been batted around pretty good starting with Katrina and a couple of other hurrincanes that did not hit directly, but still affected Louisiana since they have not completely bounced back from Katrina. Now this blowout will affect Charter Boat captains, Shrimpers, the fishing industry, and the ecosystem as well for years to come.
We already have commercial fishermen from Louisiana down here trying to make a living and they will have to work down here for a while to make a living to support their families. I have been getting calls and e-mails from fishermen who normally fish Lousiana looking for a place to fish down here until everything get resolved up there. With the economy still down and bookings for fishing guides being slower than previous years, this makes it tough on everyone whether you work in the fishing industry or another industry up in the northern states. It will affect everyone no matter what line of work you are in.
But for now our ecosystem is in excellent condition. All of our flats and bays are safe for the time being. We are catching alot of Redfish and Speckled Trout along the entire coastal bend area from Aransas Pass to Baffin Bay and on down south of Baffin Bay.
Capt. Marvin Engel