Karl Weston

Upper Coast


Floating Rigs Get My Vote

Hey there, I’m Karl Weston. I was born in Maryland, and moved 1,500 miles across country to the great state of Texas in 1990. What I discovered is Texans think nothing of driving long distances, which works for me, because I live in Ft. Worth and fish out of Surfside Beach.

My favorite place to fish is around the floating oil rigs out in the Gulf. That’s where the big tuna and pelagics hang out. I especially love chasing yellowfin tuna, because of their epic power and fight. Plus, they taste delicious.

Onboard and at Home

I launched Salty Dolphin Charters in 2016, and optimistically named my boat Uno Mas, because the only thing I enjoy more than guiding and watching people catch their first fish is seeing them land one more.

While I specialize in offshore and reef, my first choice is always offshore catching pelagics. When I’m not taking clients out, you’ll find me working to finance my two favorite pastimes: fishing and hunting.

My wife, LaDonna, and I have been married since 1991. We have two daughters, Kaela and Katelynne, and three grandchildren.

Tournament Wins

In 2017 and 2018, I took 1st place in the Freeport to Port O’Connor Toy Run King Mackeral Master Tournament. I especially like participating in this event because it is held for the express purpose of providing new toys to underprivileged kids.

Also in 2018, I placed 1st in the Winter Wahoo Championship, 2nd in Cula Roja and 2nd in Calcutta.

A Shout Out to …

… Reel Wicked Apparel, Penn, R&R Tackle, Fishbites and MirrOlure. Your support helps keep me afloat.

… CCA, of which I am a member, for its conservation and habitat preservation efforts.

… Rick Murphy for asking me to represent the Upper Coast region on Texas Insider Fishing Report, where I get to share best-bite hot spots with fellow anglers. Plus, I get the benefit of Rick’s experience and incredible knowledge. He is an excellent teacher––every time we talk I learn something new.