We were coming into the ClearLake entrance early(4:30am) Monday morning when this happened.
We were in the channel about 2 marks out, well to the right side as we should have been as we are quite slow and had a large shrimp boat with only a red light showing come from outside the channel to my right and damn near run us down.
The light was the only one to be seen on the boat, no green, and no stern light after he passed. I saw him when he was less than 100ft away and going full tilt and I had to turn hard to starboard to allow him to pass port to port. I have no idea where he was coming from as the channel was straight ahead of me.
I am sure he must have seen us as we were spotlighted by a crew boat coming up very fast from astern. The crew boat was flying too but as they came abreast of us they chopped power so as not to wake us to hard. A couple after they passed us this happened. There were several shrimpers coming out of ClearLake using the channel but I guess this guy had another way, flying by his own rules.
Unfortunately I didn't get an ID on the boat so I have no one to kick in the head
I was a comercial fisherman years ago on the west coast
and we regularly saw the authorities checking boats for compliance. It seems they are missing here in Texas
or are more interested in giving tickets to jet skiers.
I guess in future I will keep my spotlight a bit more handy.
Just blowing off steam about this and may it serve as a warning to others using the entrance early in the morning.
Watch out for the shrimpers...........m