A barge carrying 900,000 gallons of heavy tar like oil, collided with a ship in the busy Houston Ship Channel. As much as 168,000 gallons has leaked and is expected to be cleaned up quickly. We are hearing reports that the spill will not affect the fishing industry too terribly bad because the oil is heavy and should not be able to damage the fish population. This is a significant spill and the Galveston Ferry remains closed for a second day. To be safe we at Vitamin Sea Charters will not be booking any trips during the next two weeks. The spill site is 700 yards offshore from the Texas City dike. Please feel free to contact us for the latest news and upcoming scheduling of trips.

We are still booking trips assuming the cleanup happens this week.



Captain Chad

Vitamin Sea Charters


About The Author: Captain Chad Handley

Company: Vitamin Sea Charters

Area Reporting: East Galveston Bay

Bio: I grew up fishing the East Galveston Bay and Crystal Beach region in Texas and have spent the past 25 years catching fish from the very skinny marshes to the deep blue water rushing past oil rigs well offshore. My passion for fishing is only surpassed by my enjoyment in putting people on the fish of a lifetime, especially young or first-time anglers. Coast Guard LicensedWhen you fish with me on the beautiful and immaculate Bermuda Blue 24' Sea Hunt "Vitamin Sea," you will see my dedication to your comfort and safety. I am fully licensed and insured. As such, I possess a 50 Ton Master's Coast Guard Certification (License #3475367) along with other licenses including being registered with Texas Parks & Wildlife.

(832) 309-1079
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