The end of Rollover Pass

The end of Rollover Pass

After a protracted legal battle that dragged on for several years it is finally over. Rollover Fish Pass has been filled in with sand. It is pointless to go over what transpired along the way because the death of one of the best bank fishing destinations on the upper Texas coast is finished. The folks that made their living from anglers that came to fish Rollover will have to make their way somewhere else. All the many anglers that came year-round will have to move on to other destinations. I had heard that the pass was filled in but I had not been down on the Bolivar Peninsula for several months due to the Wuhoo Flu pandemic. My wife suggested that we drive down and look at what had been done and go out to eat at one of our favorite seafood restaurants. It is not hard to talk me into fried shrimp even if I have to pay the tab so this past Sunday, we made the trip. It was easy enough to imagine what the pass would look like filled in so that was pretty much as expected. What I didn’t expect was the emotional shock that would take hold of me when I saw it. The highway bridge that crossed the pass was still there but on both sides of it there was just sand, from the Gulf to East Galveston Bay. The sight was overwhelming and for a brief moment, I wept. It was almost as if someone had just told me that a good friend had died. All of the memories of my dad and I fishing together at that place came flooding back and it was just overwhelming. In my mind I can still see my dad perched precariously on top of a twelve-inch diameter piling at the mouth of Rollover casting a Seahawk lure for speckled trout. He passed in November last year and now Rollover Pass is gone as well.

 

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