Yes. The Gulf is very shallow near the upper TX coast compared to the Pacific, especially off Houston/Galveston, creating a choppy sea. Where the 100 fathom line may be as close as 3 mi off CA, it can be close to 100 mi off Galveston. The wind can be a problem early in the year but by July/August it will usually calm down. The wind is a major cause of bad sea conditions. The conditions a lot of people look for are seas less than 3 ft, at least 6 seconds apart and wind under 10mph. One reason cats are popularAre the waves and wind that much different?
You can catch bass in Houston area in every single ditch, creek, pond, lake, mudhole, you name it. I grew up in Houston and have caught bass in every sand pit around Houston. My favorite is still top water zara spook in the surf wade fishing for specks, redfish, and my favorite spanish mackeral. Those things are hellish fighters and actually very good eating if you take the time to clean them properly. Kind of like bonito here in Socal. You're making me miss those days for sure.Very different. You're going from a place that has world class fishing for many species to a place where you'll get eaten alive by mosquitoes anytime after dusk. Still, the redfish and shark fishing can be incredible and there's also good flounder and trout fishing. The tarpon are also making a strong comeback all along the gulf. Texas is awesome even if the fishing's a bit different. Get into bass fishing and head up to Sam Rayburn reservoir!