Favorite fishing spot could soon be gone

November 26, 2009 1:03:35 PM PST
Anglers may be getting their last casts at one of the most favored fishing spots on the Texas Gulf Coast. State officials are seeking a permit from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to close Rollover Pass. That's a manmade cut across the narrowest point of the Bolivar Peninsula near Galveston.

State land officials believe the 54-year-old pass about 50 miles southeast of Houston is hastening beach erosion along the peninsula slammed by Hurricane Ike in 2008. Texas General Land Office spokesman Jim Suydam tells the Houston Chronicle the state will begin filling in the 1,600-foot-long, 200-foot-wide, five-foot-deep waterway as soon as the Corps issues a permit.

Suydam says the state plans to replace the pass with a fishing pier.