Fishing with the Real McCoy

Fishing with the Real McCoy

My name is Dave McCoy. My family moved to Friendswood when I was four years old and I lived there most of my life. I recently retired from the Houston Police Department after almost 30 years and have turned a part time passion into a full time business. I am the owner/operator of High Tide Guide Service, LLC. I’ll be contributing articles to that will deal with fishing the Galveston Bay complex for Speckled Trout, Redfish and Flounder.

Captain Dave McCoy Hightide Guide Service
Captain Dave McCoy
Hightide Guide Service

As a young kid, I rode my bicycle all over Friendswood, fishing every creek and pond that I could find. My father was no different than any other father of that era, work, work, work. There wasn’t much time to teach a kid how to fish. I learned what I could from outdoor fishing shows and through trial and error. has asked me to share what knowledge and information I have learned in hopes that it will help you enjoy a day of fishing, SUCCESFULLY!

I am by no means an expert, and anyone claiming to be probably isn’t, but I have been fishing most of my life and consider myself to be a successful fisherman. In 2000, I obtained an Operator of Uninspected Passenger Vessels (OUPV) License from the United States Coast Guard. In short, a Captains License, allowing me to take people fishing for a fee. In addition to the OUPV, I hold a Texas Parks and Wildlife Fishing Guide License. Both are required of anyone taking people fishing in the coastal waters for a fee.

What I will attempt to do with each new article is provide you with tidbits of information to help you catch fish. I will tell you what works for me, be it live bait or artificial lures, and how I fish them. There is more than one way to skin a cat, but the methods I employ have proven successful for me, and I believe they will make you a better fisherman.

These articles will inform you how I, or others I know, rig for success on the water. I will also provide short video clips of on the water action and video tutorials of how to rig for different species of fish.

I will make myself available to you for any questions you may have. I can be reached at, or through my website

Book a trip, let’s go fishing.

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