A lifetime interest in boating activities beginning as a small child learning to fish with MY Grandfather Robert H. Holmes in Ocean Springs, Mississippi. After coming to Corpus Christi following a trip to the South Pacific in WWII, I worked in a small boat business. When it became available, I purchased it and have been racing, fishing and sailing for the past 50 years…oh yes, and selling boats, both fishing and sailboats.
65 Years of Serving the Coastal Bend
The Gulf Coast Marine is family owned and operated by Bill Holmes, Sr., Billy Holmes, Jr., and Barbara Holmes, all being active boaters and Gulf Coast residents, the Holmes family enjoys saltwater to freshwater fishing in the shallow waters of the local bays to deep sea fishing in the Gulf of Mexico. Gulf Coast Marine has now the largest selection of saltwater boats and most complete marine sales and service center in Texas.
We were interviewed by the Corpus Christi Caller Times in 2004. Although the interview was several years ago, the answers still hold true today. See below for our answers.
Seeing the pride on the faces of the customers when they take delivery of their first or tenth boat. Bringing in family to see the boat, taking pictures to send to other friends and family members. Then, hearing the tale of catching the biggest fish and seeing the pictures in the Salt Water Angler.
With the opening of the Packery Channel and the continued growth of the Island, we anticipate selling more offshore sport fishing boats.
The things that attract many customers to Gulf Coast Marine are the quality of merchandise, as only the best lines are carried-location, location, location!, and customer can stop by on the way to the lagoon, Inter-Coastal Canal, and launching sites along the Causeway. Parts and service for all brands of motors,…and of course our “World Class Service Center”, computer designed and staffed with factory trained technicians and computer diagnostics equipment as well as the finest and superior designed drive-in test tank. What more could a fisherman want?