Bayou Vista couple shares love of water on ultimate fishing boat
Eric and Tonia Theriot’s new Blazer Bay boat is more than just a fishing boat.
It’s where the two spend much of their time, coasting and exploring the waters of Galveston County since moving to the fishing community of Bayou Vista, they said.
The Theriots have been trying to put 20 engine hours on the boat so they can drop it off for service. But that’s no problem for this fishing, rock ’n’ roll-loving duo.
The two have been fishing and boating across Texas for many years. Eric Theriot grew up fishing in southern Louisiana and later in his youth in Omega Bay.
The two have ventured down to Rockport for about 20 years to go out with a local fishing guide, Blake Muirhead.
But their dedication to life on the water changed about two years ago when they moved to their Bayou Vista home, Eric Theriot said.
“When we first moved to the house, we got a smaller boat and then this one about four months ago,” he said.
The Theriots now get plenty of compliments about their decked-out Blazer Bay 2420 GTS, they say.
From a GPS-equipped trolling motor to a power pole anchor, the boat has everything it needs to get on and stay on the fish, he said.
The 24-foot boat holds nearly 80 gallons of fuel, can reach speeds of 55 mph and can carry up to eight people.
“It allows us to go out farther, faster and it can handle rougher waters,” he said.
The Blazer Bay coasts along silently as Eric Theriot leaves their Bayou Vista home on a July day — the area is a no wake zone — and carefully passes under a railroad bridge before he hits the gas.
It doesn’t take too long after that before the boat is settled, with the help of the power pole, alongside the edge of the Intracoastal Waterway and Eric is out wade fishing.
“I love any kind of fishing,” he said. “Wade fishing is especially fun. We’ll get going, throw the anchor out, and everyone will notice that Eric is gone.”
The Theriots often stay out in the areas around Galveston County in pursuit of redfish, flounder and speckled trout, among others, he said.
While they have been fishing for years, they’re still getting a feel for the areas around Galveston County and their boat, Eric said.
“There are a lot of reefs that can mess up your boat if you don’t know how to get to places,” he said. “You can’t just get in and ride.”
But it’s never a chore for the Theriots, who just love being out on the water, they said.
“What I’m realizing even more now is that the boat is something that my wife and I enjoy together,” he said. “Lots of guys don’t feel the same about boating. But we do everything together. We bought the boat together and we love it together.”