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Galveston Dawn-till-Dusk Trip

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Fishing in Freeport

Deep Sea Fishing Charter near Galveston

Freeport Offshore Run - 38' Luhrs

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38 ft 1 - 6 People From $2,100
Fishing in Freeport

Deep Sea Fishing Charter near Galveston

Freeport Run - 38' Luhrs

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38 ft 1 - 6 People From $2,220
Fishing in Freeport

Deep Sea Fishing Charter near Galveston

Overnight Offshore - 38' Luhrs

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38 ft 1 - 6 People From $4,000
Fishing in Hitchcock

Deep Sea Fishing Charter near Galveston

39' Bluewater Extreme Trip

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39 ft 1 - 6 People From $3,800

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Fishing in Hitchcock
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trip description for 39' Bluewater Extreme Trip in Hitchcock

This deep sea trip will allow you to experience some of the best and most extreme fishing in the Gulf of Mexico. Depart at 5 a.m. and spend the next 12 hours with some nonstop, action-packed fishing. You can be sure that there will never be a dull moment on this outing. Journey 70 to 100 miles offshore with the your trusty guide, Captain Mike. Listen to his advice and you can learn some new techniques while perfecting old ones during this outing. The 39' triple engine boat comfortably sits you and 5 others and has plenty of shade to save you on the hotter days. Enjoy it as you journey out to the deep blue sea and haul in some trophy size fish. Don't miss out on this unforgettable experience and book a trip today! Captain Mike’s 39’ Contender comes loaded with all the gear you could possibly need for a successful day out on the water! He brings all the finest rods, reels, tackle, bait, and knowledge so all you need to bring is your sun protection, snacks and drinks, and your Texas fishing license! Read More

Deep Sea Fishing Charter near Galveston

39' Bluewater Extreme Trip

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39 ft 1 - 6 People From $3,800
Fishing in Freeport
Fishing in Freeport
Fishing in Freeport
trip description for Overnight Offshore - 38' Luhrs in Freeport

Get ready for an epic 24-hour Offshore adventure with Captains JT and Danny chasing the big boys like Marlin, Tile Fish, Grouper, and Tuna! You will launch from Freeport around 10 am aboard their one-of-a-kind sport fisher for a luxury seafaring experience. At 38 feet long and almost 14 feet wide, the vessel offers lots of shaded space, two AC systems, satellite TV and music, and a legendary hull design. Needless to say, you will be much more comfortable than on most other boats. It’s equipped with state-of-the-art electronics, safety equipment including a satellite phone, epirb, and 8 man life raft. The beautiful vessel is powered by twin 420 horsepower Yanmar diesel engines that are meticulously maintained by Captain JT. After Captain JT has cranked up the engines, you'll motor offshore a ways to spend the day bottom fishing for Grouper, Golden tile, Amberjack and whatever else emerges from the blue depths! When the bite slows down toward the afternoon, Captains JT and Danny will haul in the lines, and motor out a little deeper to the 80-110 mile range. While you get some much-needed R&R, they will get the boat into position for the Tuna bite early the next morning. The Tuna bite is usually on a couple of hours before sunrise, so after a couple of hours of sleep, you'll wake up around 4 am to start jigging for Tuna! This is one of the only times slots when big tuna come up from the deep to feed and they are usually swimming back down to deeper water by the time the sun comes up. So you'll jig until that sun comes up then troll around in the rest of the morning before you motor back in! In terms of gear, we will come fully equipped with all the premium bottom fishing rods and reels, Penn international bent butt trolling rod and reels, and two heavy-duty electric reels for deep dropping down 350+ feet. The navigation system has more than 3000 waypoints saved over the years so they can pinpoint these feeding grounds easily as well! Read More

Deep Sea Fishing Charter near Galveston

Overnight Offshore - 38' Luhrs

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38 ft 1 - 6 People From $4,000
Fishing in Freeport
Fishing in Freeport
Fishing in Freeport
trip description for Freeport Run - 38' Luhrs in Freeport

Climb aboard the one-of-a-kind sport fisher for a luxury seafaring experience with Captain JT and Danny. At 38 feet long and almost 14 feet wide, the vessel offers lots of shaded space, two AC systems, satellite TV and music, and a legendary hull design. Needless to say, you will be much more comfortable than on most other boats. It’s equipped with state-of-the-art electronics, safety equipment including a satellite phone, epirb, and 8 man life raft. Two captains run trips often at the same time, Danny is the fishing expert, and JT is a diving expert. The boat is powered by twin 420 horsepower Yanmar diesel engines that are meticulously maintained by the Captains. For fishing, the equipment includes premium bottom fishing rods and reels, Penn international bent butt trolling rod and reels, and two heavy-duty electric reels for deep dropping in 350 + feet. The navigation system has more than 3000 way points saved over the years known to hold fish. The tackle on board will accommodate all types of possible offshore fishing. Half-Day Charters targets kingfish and blacktip sharks. 10 Hour Charters targets reef fish like snappers and grouper. Surface fishing for kingfish and ling. 12 Hour Charter adds fishing deeper wrecks and rigs for amberjack, grouper, shark, golden tile, and barrel fish as well as trolling for mahi, wahoo, and blackfin tuna. 14 Hour trips allow for more time spent over deep water wrecks and rigs and usually correlate with more and larger fish! Read More

Deep Sea Fishing Charter near Galveston

Freeport Run - 38' Luhrs

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38 ft 1 - 6 People From $2,220
Fishing in Freeport
Fishing in Freeport
Fishing in Freeport
trip description for Freeport Offshore Run - 38' Luhrs in Freeport

Climb aboard this one-of-a-kind sport fishe for a luxury seafaring experience with Captain JT and Danny. At 38 feet long and almost 14 feet wide, the vessel offers lots of shaded space, two AC systems, satellite TV and music, and a legendary hull design. Needless to say, you will be much more comfortable than on most other boats. It’s equipped with state-of-the-art electronics, safety equipment including a satellite phone, EPIRB, and 8 man life raft. The two captains run trips often at the same time; Danny is the fishing expert, and JT is a diving expert. Their 38' Luhrs is powered by twin 420 horsepower Yanmar diesel engines that are meticulously maintained. For fishing, the equipment includes premium bottom fishing rods and reels, Penn international bent butt trolling rod and reels, and two heavy-duty electric reels for deep dropping in 350 + feet. The navigation system has more than 3000 way points saved over the years known to hold fish. The tackle on board will accommodate all types of possible offshore fishing. 10 Hour Charters targets reef fish like snappers and grouper. Surface fishing for kingfish and ling. 12 Hour Charter adds fishing deeper wrecks and rigs for amberjack, grouper, shark, golden tile, and barrel fish as well as trolling for Mahi, wahoo, and blackfin tuna. 14-hour trips allow more time spent over deepwater wrecks and rigs and usually correlate with more and bigger fish! Read More

Deep Sea Fishing Charter near Galveston

Freeport Offshore Run - 38' Luhrs

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38 ft 1 - 6 People From $2,100
Fishing in Galveston
Fishing in Galveston
Fishing in Galveston
trip description for Galveston Dawn-till-Dusk Trip in Galveston

Climb aboard with our Captain and see what the deep waters off the coast of Galveston have to offer! The deep waters in the Gulf of Mexico are an excellent place to chase after some big game, and on this trip you'll be going extra far to get even more sizable fish! On this 12-hour trip, our Captain will take you up to 60 miles offshore to target impressive Cobia, King Mackerel, Mahi Mahi, Sailfish, and Wahoo. To attract these picture-worthy fish you'll be using a variety of techniques including light to heavy tackle, live bait, bottom fishing, trolling, drift fishing or deep dropping. Just let the Captain know what you want to catch and he'll get you set up with the best method! The beauty of this 12 hour trip is that you'll have time to try out a few different methods. On this trip you'll be fishing aboard our massive 42’ Delta sportfisher that can hold an impressive 18 people, with the first 10 passengers included in the price. Powered by twin 160 HP Caterpillar engines, this vessel will cut through the surf like butter and smoothly get you to the deep waters. It comes with GPS, Fishfinder, a Flybridge, and an Ice Box to store your catches. All rods, reels and tackle will be provided. All you need to bring is a valid Texas Fishing License with a saltwater stamp. You can also bring food and drink of your choice on board (no glass). This trip can host up to 18 people and is for anglers of all skill levels, so don't hold back on inviting friends! Read More

Deep Sea Fishing Charter in Galveston

Galveston Dawn-till-Dusk Trip

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42 ft 1 - 18 People From $3,375
Fishing in Galveston
Fishing in Galveston
Fishing in Galveston
trip description for Extreme Offshore Adventures in Galveston

Hop on board with Captain Robert and prepare for an action-packed day of fishing. He'll be taking you extra far off the coast to target some huge fish that will have the reels screaming! On this 10-hour trip, Captain Robert will take you up to 50 miles off the coast of Galveston where you can expect to target Cobia, Kingfish, Redfish, Sailfish, and Red Snapper. To attract these picture-worthy fish you'll be using heavy-duty fishing techniques such as heavy tackle, bottom fishing, trolling and jigging. These techniques are sure to land you some deep-water monsters! Captain Robert fishes aboard a 30’ Grady White center console, with a capacity for six people. Powered by twin 250 HP Yamaha engines, the vessel is safe and steady on its way offshore and even has a bathroom. The vessel is complete with a GPS and a fishfinder to help you get one on your line. Captain Robert will provide all rods, reels, and tackle. All you need is a valid Texas fishing license as well as some food and drinks. These family-friendly trips can host up to 6 people, so make sure you bring some good company! Read More

Deep Sea Fishing Charter in Galveston

Extreme Offshore Adventures

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30 ft 1 - 6 People From $2,000
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trip description for Freeport Flounder Gigging in Galveston

This trip promises a Flounder Gigging experience you will never forget! We will start the trip right about dark and will end around 1AM . I will have an ice chest on the boat with bottle waters and will have room if you would like to bring your own drinks or snacks. Please no glass bottles. Read More

Inshore Fishing Charter in Galveston

Freeport Flounder Gigging

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17 ft 1 - 4 People From $550
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trip description for Fly Fishing Galveston in Galveston

Embark on a fly fishing adventure with Captain Richard through Galveston’s huge expanse of sand, grass, and mudflats that provide plenty of opportunities to cast away at your favorite gulf coast inshore species! Captain Richard specifically targets redfish but you could reel in some drum, sheepshead, jack crevalle, and speckled trout. Captain Richard will provide 8,9, and 10 weight rods, but you can also bring your own. He will also provide light snacks! Join him for a spectacular day on Galveston's inshore flats. Read More

Flats, Inshore Fishing Charter in Galveston

Fly Fishing Galveston

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18 ft 1 - 2 People From $800
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Fishing in Galveston
Fishing in Galveston
trip description for Galveston Trout and Redfish Roundup in Galveston

Get out there and enjoy an unforgettable inshore fishing adventure in Galveston, Texas, with Captain Dean as your guide! On this trip, you'll get to experience the thrill of reeling in classic saltwater game fish, including Redfish, Speckled Trout, Flounder, and more. These fish are all super fun to catch, and make for great eating as well. You'll be fishing from the deck of Captain Dean's 24' Triton center console, which is ideal for fishing here in Galveston Bay. Captain Dean's years of experience and expert knowledge of the local fishing spots ensure a successful and enjoyable trip for anglers of all skill levels. Join him for a day of fun, relaxation, and memories that will last a lifetime! Read More

Inshore Fishing Charter in Galveston

Galveston Trout And Redfish Roundup

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24 ft 1 - 4 People From $450
Fishing in Galveston
Fishing in Galveston
Fishing in Galveston
trip description for Fly Fishing Galveston in Galveston

If you thought that fishing in Galveston started and ended with the Bay, think again. The grassy flats and backwater fishing here is incredible, and provides a perfect opportunity to go after big Redfish, Black Drum, and Sheepshead—all on the fly! Captain Collin is a true expert when it comes to flyfishing this area, and he knows all the local hot spots so you can be confident that you'll get on the fish. You'll be fishing from Captain Collin's 18' Bossman Tortuga shallow stalking skiff. She's an ideal boat for maneuvering through the tidal back bays and flooded marshes around Galveston. Captain Collin will pole you around with deft skill and post up in inches of water looking for pushes, tails, and shadows lurking in the dark colored water. Captain Collin will provide you with all the equipment you need including flies, rods, and reels. All you need to bring is proper clothing, a cooler for snacks and drinks, your Texas Saltwater Fishing License, and sunblock. Also, be sure to have polarized sunglasses and a camera to capture the memories! Read More

Flats, Inshore Fishing Charter in Galveston

Fly Fishing Galveston

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18 ft 1 - 2 People From $525
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trip description for Exploring the Jetties in Galveston

Head out to Galveston jetties and fish with Captain Mike to try and reel in your next personal best! Captain Mike will help you catch the big Redfish, Sharks, and more on your 6-hour adventure. Captain Mike has over 30 years of experience fishing all of the Galveston Bay Complex and its surrounding areas, so he knows exactly where the fish bite! You’ll be fishing on Capt. Mike’s 24’ Kenner Center console. It is equipped with a GPS and a fishfinder. You may purchase a live bait well for an additional fee. Not to mention that the boat can cruise at a maximum speed of 40 knots. It can accommodate 3 anglers. Make sure you bring a valid Texas fishing license, food and drinks of your choice (no glass), a hat, sunscreen, and some good company! Captain Mike will provide the rest. Let your mind escape daily responsibilities and enjoy your day out on the water with Captain Mike! Read More

Inshore, Jetty, Nearshore Fishing Charter in Galveston

Exploring The Jetties

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24 ft 1 - 4 People From $450
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trip description for Wade Fishing Frenzy in Galveston

Welcome to Galveston Bay, one of the most popular fishing destinations in Texas! This is where the Gulf of Mexico meets the bays and estuaries that are home to some of the best game fish in the region. Galveston Bay is known for its incredible flounder, redfish, and speckled trout fishing, and one of the best ways to experience it is by wade fishing. Wade fishing is a unique and exciting way to catch fish, and it's especially popular in Galveston Bay. This type of fishing involves standing in the shallow water and casting your line, using a lure or bait to entice the fish to bite. The thrill of feeling the tug on your line and the satisfaction of reeling in a big catch is hard to beat! The best time to go wade fishing in Galveston Bay is during the fall and winter months, when the water is cooler and the fish are more active. Flounder, redfish, and speckled trout are all plentiful during this time of year, and you're sure to have an amazing time. Flounder are a popular catch in Galveston Bay, and they're known for their delicious, delicate meat. These flatfish are often found hiding in the sandy bottoms of the bay, and you can use a variety of lures and baits to entice them to bite. As you cast your line and wait for a bite, keep an eye out for any movement or ripples in the water. When a flounder bites, you'll feel a distinct tug on your line, and you'll need to reel it in quickly to avoid losing it. Redfish, also known as red drum, are another popular game fish in Galveston Bay. These powerful fish can grow up to 50 pounds, and they put up a fierce fight when you hook them. You can use a variety of lures and baits to catch redfish, including live shrimp, mullet, and crab. As you reel in your line, you'll feel the redfish tugging and pulling, trying to get away. But with some skill and patience, you'll be able to land a big one. Finally, there's speckled trout, which are perhaps the most sought-after game fish in Galveston Bay. These beautiful fish are known for their distinctive spots and their tasty, flaky meat. You can use a variety of lures and baits to catch speckled trout, including topwater lures, soft plastics, and live shrimp. As you cast your line, keep an eye out for any signs of trout activity, such as jumping or splashing in the water. Whether you're a seasoned angler or a beginner, a wade fishing trip in Galveston Bay is an experience you won't soon forget. With some patience, skill, and a bit of luck, you'll be able to catch some amazing flounder, redfish, and speckled trout, and enjoy some of the best fishing in Texas! Read More

Flats, Inshore Fishing Charter in Galveston

Wade Fishing Frenzy

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24 ft 1 - 4 People From $575
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trip description for Shark Adventure in Galveston

We will be targeting big black tip and spinner sharks off the Galveston beachfront. There will be also other species of sharks, those are just the most common types. These trips range from 3 miles to 9 miles off the Galveston beach front. These trips are fun for all anglers of all ages. Sharks bring a thrill that most fish cannot. Hot and heavy action and a huge pull is what to expect on these trips. Read More

Nearshore Fishing Charter in Galveston

Shark Adventure

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25 ft 1 - 4 People From $700
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trip description for Galveston Catch and Release Only in Galveston

Join Captain Michael for a productive day of fishing in Galveston, Texas! Captain Michael will help you target Redfish and Speckled Trout on this 5-hour trip. You will fish aboard his 26’ Majek Extreme center console boat equipped with a 300 HP Suzuki engine as well as a GPS, fishfinder, live bait well (shrimp and croaker - included at additional price), multimedia system, wireless trolling motor, and an icebox. He can accommodate up to 4 anglers. Make sure to bring a valid Texas fishing license, food, a hat, sunscreen, and some good company! Captain Michael will provide all rods, reels, tackle, and lures. He will also provide water but feel free to bring your own drinks. Whether it’s your first time on the water or you are a seasoned professional, Captain Michael would love to take you out on a fishing adventure to remember! Read More

Inshore, Nearshore Fishing Charter in Galveston

Galveston Catch And Release Only

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26 ft 1 - 4 People From $425
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Fishing in Galveston
Fishing in Galveston
trip description for Trophy Trout Trip in Galveston

Chase Trophy Redfish and Speckled Trout with Captain Tanner in Galveston! Join us for an exhilarating fishing adventure as we target trophy-sized Redfish and Speckled Trout. Captain Tanner will lead you through the inshore waters, flats, and jetties of Galveston, Texas, in pursuit of these prized catches. What's in Store? Targeting Trophies: This trip is all about the thrill of the hunt for trophy-sized Redfish and Speckled Trout. We'll employ both artificial and live baits as we explore shallow bays and water columns. For Intermediate to Advanced Anglers: These trips are designed for anglers with intermediate to advanced skills who are eager to target trophy fish. Captain Tanner will provide the expertise and guidance to help you achieve your angling goals. All Ages Welcome: While this adventure is perfect for serious anglers, all ages are welcome! Whether you're a seasoned pro or new to fishing, you'll have the opportunity to learn and enjoy the excitement. Meet Captain Tanner: Your Expert Guide Captain Tanner is a skilled and experienced guide, ready to share his knowledge and lead you to the best spots for Redfish and Speckled Trout. With his guidance and the prime location of Galveston, you're in for an unforgettable angling experience. Book Your Trophy Fishing Trip Today! Don't miss the chance to embark on this exciting fishing adventure with Captain Tanner. Secure your spot now and get ready for a day filled with thrilling pursuits, camaraderie, and memories that will last a lifetime. Let Captain Tanner and the vibrant marine life help you create fishing memories you'll cherish forever! Read More

Flats, Inshore, Jetty Fishing Charter in Galveston

Trophy Trout Trip

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25 ft 1 - 4 People From $550
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trip description for 22' Whaler Inshore in Galveston

Captain Vincent will use his lifelong fishing experience and knowledge to take you where the fish are biting! Expect a whole lot of Speckled Trout, Redfish, Flounder, and Tarpon on your half (6 hour) or full (8 hour) day adventure across the Galveston Bay. Captain Vincent will provide artificial bait, so hook one on and let it rip! Treat yourself and three others to a day on the water with Captain Vincent! Read More

Inshore, Nearshore Fishing Charter in Galveston

22' Whaler Inshore

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22 ft 1 - 4 People From $550
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trip description for Half Day Bay - 24’ Kenner in Galveston

Head out of Galveston for a phenomenal day out on the water with Captain Reggie! On this trip, you'll drift-fish over shelves, underwater structure, and secret "honey holes" that Captain Reggie has identified over his many years fishing the Galveston area. Depending on your goals for the day, you can target Speckled Trout, Redfish, Flounder and Sheepshead—to name just a few. This trip is also a great chance to go for a "Texas Grand Slam" or a "Texas Triple" by catching a Redfish, a Trout, and a Flounder in one day! No matter which species you choose to pursue, Captain Reggie is a pleasure to share a boat with. He's happy to work with box experts and beginners alike, and loves showing "greenhorns" the wonders of saltwater fishing. His knowledge of the Galveston waterways makes him a great captain and an even better teacher, for beginners to experienced anglers! Captain Reggie provides all the rods, reels, tackle, and bait you could possibly need for a successful day slaying the fish. All you need to do is meet Captain Reggie at the dock. Please remember your sun protection, your cooler with snacks and drinks, and your Texas Fishing License. Captain Reggie will take it from there and ensure you have a fantastic day on the water! Read More

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Half Day Bay - 24’ Kenner

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24 ft 1 - 4 People From $500
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trip description for Half Day on the Bay in Galveston

Captain Zach owns and operates his family run charter out of Galveston, Texas. Capt. Zach comes from a long line of honorable fishermen and his sea instinct is honed in a way that is sure to put you the fish. More than just a skilled captain and fisherman, he will take the time to teach you about fishing techniques and conservation. Expect your trip with Capt. Zach to not only be fun, productive, and rewarding, but also educational as he has been fishing these specific waters for 8 years. Depending on the time of year, you’ll chase after Speckled Trout, Redfish, Black Drum, Sheepshead, Pompano, Jack Crevalle, Sharks, and many other species. During the Red Fish or Black Drum spawn, expect to catch and release some massive trophy fish! Read More

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Half Day On The Bay

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26 ft 1 - 6 People From $600

Everything to Know About Booking a Galveston sailfish fishing charter

What are the best sailfish fishing charters in Galveston?

Our Damn Good Guides currently offer 6 sailfish trips in Galveston, and the most popular trips in the area are Extreme Offshore Adventures guided by Robert and Galveston Dawn-till-Dusk Trip guided by Houston.

Our guides in Galveston are rated a 5 out of 5 based on 2711 verified reviews on Captain Experiences.

All guides on Captain Experiences are licensed, insured, and vetted by our team. You can access their reviews, click through trip photos, read bios to get to know them, and preview trip details like species, techniques, group sizes, boat specs and more.

Another popular city nearby for booking a Sailfish charter is Hitchcock.

Looking for kid friendly sailfish guides / fishing lessons in Galveston? Check out our beginner and family friendly sailfish guides in Galveston.

What types of sailfish fishing charters are common in Galveston?

Deep Sea fishing is the most popular for sailfish in Galveston.

The most common fishing techniques in Galveston are bottom fishing, heavy tackle fishing, and trolling but deep dropping and jigging are popular as well.

How much do Galveston sailfish fishing charters cost?

for sailfish in Galveston prices can range anywhere from about $2,220 to $4,950, but the average price for a full day trip for sailfish in Galveston is $3,664.

What month is best for sailfish fishing in Galveston?

The most popular season for sailfish fishing in Galveston is summer, and most anglers book their trips 69 days in advance.

Do I need a Galveston fishing license for sailfish and what are the bag limits for sailfish in Galveston?

See here for more information on fishing licenses in Galveston, bag limits for target species, and fishing season regulations in Galveston. When in doubt, your fishing guide will always know the right rules and regulations in Galveston.

What is sailfish fishing in Galveston all about?

Sailfish are one of the most sought-after game fish species in Galveston, renowned for their incredible speed, acrobatic leaps, and stunning dorsal fin sail. These majestic predators are typically found in offshore waters, where they patrol the warm currents in search of prey. Sailfish are highly migratory, with seasonal movements influenced by factors such as water temperature and prey availability. In Galveston, sailfish can be encountered year-round, but their presence is more prevalent during certain times of the year when offshore fishing conditions are optimal.

Fishing for sailfish in Galveston requires specialized equipment and techniques to successfully hook and land these powerful fish. Anglers typically use heavy-duty trolling gear, such as large conventional reels and stout rods, to handle the fast runs and aerial displays of sailfish. Artificial lures, such as skirted trolling lures or rigged ballyhoo, are commonly used to attract sailfish when trolling offshore. Additionally, live bait such as pilchards or mullet can be effective in enticing strikes from sailfish.

Sailfish are known for their aggressive feeding behavior and willingness to strike a variety of baitfish, making them a challenging and rewarding target for anglers. When targeting sailfish in Galveston, anglers often troll along color changes, temperature breaks, or underwater structure where sailfish are likely to congregate. By covering a large area and varying trolling speeds and depths, anglers can increase their chances of encountering sailfish and enjoying memorable battles with these iconic game fish.

What are the most popular months to fish for sailfish in Galveston?

In Galveston, sailfish seasons are characterized by fluctuations in offshore water temperatures and prevailing currents, which influence the movements and abundance of these majestic game fish. Sailfish can be encountered in Galveston's waters throughout the year, but their presence is typically more pronounced during certain seasons when offshore conditions are optimal. The peak seasons for sailfish fishing in Galveston generally coincide with warmer months, such as late spring through early fall, when water temperatures rise and baitfish populations increase.

During the warmer months, sailfish are more abundant and active in Galveston's offshore waters, as they follow baitfish migrations and seek out warmer currents. Anglers targeting sailfish during these peak seasons often enjoy higher catch rates and more consistent action. However, sailfish can still be caught in Galveston's waters during the cooler months, albeit with reduced frequency. Anglers who venture offshore during the winter months may still encounter sailfish, particularly in areas where warmer currents and bait concentrations attract these apex predators.

While the warmer months are generally considered prime sailfish seasons in Galveston, other factors such as weather patterns and oceanographic conditions can also influence sailfish movements and behavior. Anglers should pay attention to factors such as water temperature, currents, and the presence of baitfish to increase their chances of encountering sailfish. By staying informed and adapting their strategies to prevailing conditions, anglers in Galveston can enjoy productive sailfish seasons and memorable encounters with these iconic game fish against the backdrop of the area's scenic offshore waters.

What techniques are popular for catching sailfish in Galveston?

Fishing for sailfish in Galveston requires specialized techniques and equipment to successfully target and land these powerful and fast-swimming predators. Trolling is one of the most popular and effective techniques for targeting sailfish in Galveston's offshore waters. Anglers typically troll with a spread of artificial lures, such as skirted trolling lures or rigged ballyhoo, at varying depths and distances behind the boat. By covering a large area and varying trolling speeds and patterns, anglers can increase their chances of enticing strikes from sailfish.

Another effective technique for targeting sailfish in Galveston is live bait fishing. Anglers often deploy live baitfish such as pilchards, mullet, or blue runners on kites or downriggers to present them at the surface or at specific depths where sailfish are likely to be feeding. This technique allows anglers to present live bait in a natural and enticing manner, increasing the likelihood of attracting sailfish. Additionally, live bait fishing can be particularly effective when targeting sailfish that are feeding on specific prey species or congregating around underwater structure.

When targeting sailfish in Galveston, anglers should also be prepared to use teasers and dredges to attract and entice strikes from these apex predators. Teasers are artificial lures or rigged baits deployed in the water to create commotion and mimic the appearance of a school of baitfish, attracting the attention of sailfish. Dredges are larger teasers consisting of multiple baitfish or artificial lures attached to a spreader bar or frame, which are towed behind the boat to create a larger and more enticing presentation. By incorporating teasers and dredges into their fishing spread, anglers can maximize their chances of enticing strikes from sailfish and enjoying memorable battles with these iconic game fish.

What other species are popular in Galveston?

Aside from sailfish, Galveston offers a diverse range of fish species to target, providing anglers with ample opportunities for exciting fishing experiences. One popular species among anglers is king mackerel, also known as kingfish. These fast-swimming predators are commonly found in nearshore and offshore waters, where they prey on baitfish such as mullet and menhaden. Anglers targeting king mackerel often use trolling techniques with artificial lures or rigged baitfish to entice strikes from these powerful fish. King mackerel provide anglers with thrilling battles and are prized for their speed and agility.

Red snapper are another prized catch in Galveston's waters, known for their vibrant coloration and delicious flavor. Found in offshore waters, red snapper provide anglers with exciting battles against their strong fighting abilities. Fishing for red snapper typically involves bottom fishing with bait such as squid or cut bait, targeting structures like reefs and wrecks where these fish congregate. Red snapper are highly sought after for both their sporting qualities and culinary value, making them a favorite among anglers in Galveston.

Galveston's coastal waters also offer opportunities to target species such as mahi-mahi, amberjack, cobia, and more. Mahi-mahi, also known as dolphin fish, are highly prized for their vibrant colors and acrobatic leaps, providing anglers with thrilling battles. Amberjack are known for their strength and powerful runs, often found near offshore wrecks and oil platforms. Cobia, or ling, are commonly found nearshore and offshore, where they can be targeted using techniques such as sight fishing or trolling with live bait. Whether targeting king mackerel, red snapper, mahi-mahi, amberjack, cobia, or exploring other productive fishing grounds, anglers in Galveston can enjoy rewarding fishing experiences against the backdrop of the area's scenic coastal landscape.

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