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Fishing in Galveston
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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

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Fishing in South Padre Island
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trip description for 4-Hour Inshore - 30’ Triton in South Padre Island

If you’ve never been fishing around South Padre Island, then you’re missing out! And if you want to explore it in style, hop aboard Captain Henry's 30' Triton for a relaxing yet action-packed day out on the water! Capt. Henry is a super-knowledgeable fisherman, who not only knows how to have a good time but also knows all the best honey holes to whack the big three: Redfish, Trout, and Flounder! You'll be fishing aboard his badass 30ft Triton Center Console so you'll have no trouble cutting through light chop, and fishing days when the wind is blowing. She also provides a comfortable head (restroom) on board so you don't have to worry about hauling back to the dock in case of emergency! Captain Henry will provide you with all the quality rods, reels, and tackle you could possibly need for a successful day out on the water. His also has tons of shade, tons of seating, and tons of room, so you can relax with your favorite beverage while you wait for your reel to start whirring! Make sure you bring a valid Texas Fishing License with a saltwater stamp as well as some snacks of your choice, and Captain Henry will take care of the rest. Read More

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Fishing in Port Aransas
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trip description for Coastal Bend Inshore Slam in Port Aransas

Let Captain Alex be your guide to some of the top fishing locations on Texas' long, beautiful Gulf coast. Captain Alex is based out of Port Aransas, but he fishes all the water in the Coastal Bend, from Aransas Pass down to Corpus Chisti Bay. He specializes in rod-and-reel techniques for catching Redfish, Spotted Seatrout, Drum, and Flounder, and will provide all the equipment and bait you'll need for the ideal inshore fishing adventure. All you need is your Fishing License, proper clothing, some sunscreen, and a cooler for your cold drinks. You'll be fishing aboard his 23' Majek center console, a fast boat powered by a 200-HP Evinrude engine. Captain Alex knows this water well, and he'll put you on top of some terrific fishing spots. Depending on the area and the species, you'll use a combination of live bait and lures on light tackle to bring in the fish. Alex is extremely knowledgeable and can certainly help you practice your cast or tell you about fish behavior and ecology. Captain Alex's chartered fishing trips provide a great way to get out on the water and relax on the Bay with your family, friends or co-workers on that special outing! So head out with Captain Alex to make some memories worth making! Read More

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trip description for Gulf Coast Bites by the Shore in Gulf Shores

Enjoy a morning or afternoon on the water with Captain Jamie and spend several hours targeting Trout, Redfish, Sheepshead, Whiting, Spanish Mackerel and plenty of other nearshore species that call Gulf Shores home. You'll be fishing aboard a 24' Bull's Bay bay boat with a capacity for 4 people. She'll have no problem getting you to where the fish are biting comfortably, quickly, and without the diesel fumes to boot! This sleek vessel comes with GPS, Fishfinder, a Live Bait Well, and an Ice Box to store your keepers. Captain Jamie will provide all rods, reels, tackle, live bait and fishing licenses. All you need to bring is sunglasses, sunscreen, and any snacks or drinks you might need. Captain Jamie will do the rest! Read More

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Fishing in Port Isabel
Fishing in Port Isabel
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trip description for Port Isabel 5-Hour - 25’ Majek in Port Isabel

Join Captain Walter for a great day exploring the local waters! On this action-packed adventure, you can expect to reel in some Black Drum and some Bull Redfish. These two species will put up a good fight, so be prepared. Make sure you give those hamstrings a little stretch before you hit the water. You might also run into Mangrove Snappers, Sheepshead, Snook, Fluke, and Spotted Seatrout. For these trips, Captain Walter uses a 25’ Majek Illusion boat - a spacious vessel that can accommodate up to 6 anglers. Captain Walter will provide rods and tackle as well as drinks. You can purchase live bait for an additional fee. Other than that, make sure you bring a valid Texas Fishing License and any food and drink of your choice. Let your mind escape from daily responsibilities and just have fun fishing with Captain Walter! Read More

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Everything to Know About Booking a speckled trout fishing charter

What are the best speckled trout fishing charters?

Our Damn Good Guides currently offer 882 speckled trout trips, and the most popular trips are Jetties & Jaws: Reel in the Fun guided by Meghan, Galveston Inshore Trip guided by Ralph, and Flats and Backwaters on Artificials guided by Larry.

Our guides are rated a 4.9 out of 5 based on 2746 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.

Looking for kid friendly speckled trout guides / fishing lessons? Check out our beginner and family friendly speckled trout guides.

What types of speckled trout fishing charters are common?

Deep Sea fishing is the most popular for speckled trout as well as inshore fishing, flats fishing, and nearshore fishing.

The most common fishing techniques are light tackle fishing, live bait fishing, and artificial lure fishing but drift fishing and bottom fishing are popular as well.

How much do speckled trout fishing charters cost?

for speckled trout prices can range anywhere from about $500 to $1,100, but the average price for a half day trip for speckled trout is $639. The average price for a full day trip for speckled trout is $1,044.

What month is best for speckled trout fishing?

The most popular season for speckled trout fishing is summer, and most anglers book their trips 13 days in advance.

Do I need a fishing license for speckled trout and what are the bag limits for speckled trout?

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

What is a Speckled Trout

The Spotted Seatrout, Speckled Trout, or "Speck" (Cynoscion nebulosus) is a sport fish species that frequents inshore waters ranging from Massachusetts, down the East Coast, and around the Gulf of Mexico to the Yucatan Peninsula.

They are characterized by distinct black spots along their back and dorsal fins, surprisingly large teeth, and bright yellow skin on the inside of their mouths.

Contrary to popular belief given their name and resemblance, the speckled trout is a member of the drum family, not the freshwater trout family.

How big do Speckled Trout get?

The size of speckled trout largely depends on their sex. The average weight for males and females is between 1-2 pounds, but in many areas, fish weighing up to 5 pounds are common. The average male speckled trout is around 19 inches long, while the average female is around 25 inches long. Females grow quicker and larger than males, and can live to be 10 years old, more than double the average age for males.

What is the biggest Speckled Trout ever caught?

The current International Game Fish Association, or IFGA, all-tackle world record was set in 2015 on the Indian River flats near Melbourne on the east coast of Florida. The specimen weighed in at 17.7 pounds, and was 34.25 inches long, over 10 centimeters longer than the previous record set in 1995. The fish was caught using live mullet on a light spinning rod.

Large female trophy trout are often referred to as "gator trout" or "gators" depending on local vernacular.

Where is the best place to catch speckled trout?

Speckled trout are an estuarine fish, meaning that they live in the inshore waters typically located between the mainland and barrier islands. In temperate climates, speckled trout typically frequent water less than 10 feet deep. Look for grass beds, oyster bars, mud flats, and stump fields. During the winter months and after cold fronts, speckled trout seek refuge from the cold water in deeper channels and basins, and follow baitfish into the shallows wherever present. Don't be afraid to go shallow! Often the biggest "gators" are caught in water waist-deep or shallower.

As a general rule of thumb, look out for areas where the trout can ambush their prey. Grass beds, depressions in the coastline, areas where the current breaks and slows, and underwater structure located in basins and channels produce the best results. Irregularities in the water's surface and birds flying overhead are dead giveaways of bait activity, and are often a good indicator of where the trout are.

You can catch speckled trout in any inshore fishery in the Gulf of Mexico, and going up the Atlantic coast of Florida and into North Carolina. While they're present in Chesapeake Bay, their numbers dwindle as you go further north. Locations like Matagorda and Laguna Madre in Texas and Calcasieu Lake in Louisiana are trophy trout havens.

When should I catch Speckled Trout

One of the great things about fishing for speckled trout is they can be caught year round. Even better yet, when the winter comes around and other fish head for deeper waters, speckled trout remain in the easily accessible shallows. In the winter time, be on the lookout for an overcast day, especially in areas with clear water. Specks, especially big ones, feed more actively in low-light conditions.

In the winter, big trout aren't afraid to chase their prey into the shallowest of waters. If you're duck hunting, odds are there are big trout right under the surface. Big trout can be caught in the summer near the mouths of tidewater drainage creeks. They tend to seek refuge from the heat in grass beds and deeper holes, so be on the lookout for these when fishing during a hot summer day.

How do you catch Speckled Trout

Techniques for catching speckled trout vary greatly given location, weather/tidal patterns, and time of year. Speckled trout generally feed when tidal movement moves baitfish, so keeping an eye on tidal charts is a must. Catching the outgoing tide is a great start.

Speckled trout fishing can be done by boat, from the shore, or wading in the shallows. There are pros and cons with each of them. Using a shallow flats boat, a silent trolling motor or a pole to move through the water allows you to cover more water, but leaves the possibility of spooking the fish. Fishing from the shore or a pier is simple and easy, but you won't have access to the prime backwater fishing grounds. Wading allows you to maintain a low profile and stalk your quarry, but requires extra equipment and you won't cover as much water.

Lures and baits for speckled trout vary as well. For big "gator trout", it's tough to beat shrimp and mullet (dead or alive) under a popping cork. Varying the retrieve on a popping cork simulates live action of your bait. For those looking for artificial action, jigged artificial plastics work well, especially in deeper waters. For the lure fisherman, Corky's, Heddon Zara Spooks and spoons do the trick. A slow retrieve imitating a dying baitfish produces the best results.

Once you hook up, don't try to muscle the fish in. Keep the drag tight and let her tire out. Once you land her, grab the caudal (tail) fin and support the fish just behind the gills. Snap a pic, and put her back in the water until she swims away. The big trout are female breeders, and releasing them safely ensures more big trout for years to come.

Are Speckled Trout good to eat? What are the best Speckled Trout recipes?

Speckled trout make for excellent table fare. Famous chef Emeril Lagasse once said speckled trout is the best eating fish in North America, and for good reason. The meat is often characterized as flaky and white, with a sweet and buttery finish. This flavor profile makes speckled trout a very versatile fish to cook. The most common way to cook speckled trout is to bread the filets and fry them. From there, you can finish it off with a garlic lemon sauce, throw some capers in the mix for a briny taste, or top it off with a creole sauce like Emeril's recipe.

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    Captain Colby was the man. He took us to several fishing spots. Knew the great history of all the areas and helped my daughters catch their first sea fish. This experience will last a lifetime. Thanks, Captain Colby.

    Douglas S. with Colby M. of Orange Beach, Alabama

  • ★★★★★
    Tim created the perfect experience on our trip. It was a graduation present for my son and it was everything he and I wanted it to be. Tim was fun, incredibly competent at his craft, and interacted with us in a relaxed manner that made for a wonderful day. I have been utilizing fishing guides regularly for years and Tim was by far the best guide I’ve ever had. Bravo!

    Tony N. with Tim K. of Pensacola, Florida

  • ★★★★★
    Top notch. Very accommodating and took great care to give 10 yr old grandson his first fishing adventure. Came home with redfish limit. Definitely returning. Guide is 29 yr veteran detective in Mt P Police force.

    Malcolm with Daniel N. of Mount Pleasant, South Carolina

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    Marty was a great guide! Very laid back and honest with us from the start of our trip! He took us out in some rough waters and still managed to catch a lot of fish! We’ll definitely be back!

    Lee B. with Marty C. of Gulf Shores, Alabama

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    We didn't go because of weather. Time ming was off. I was supposed to get a refund.

    Todd L. with Colby M. of Orange Beach, Alabama

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    Richard is the best!

    Kathy M. with Richard M. of Gulf Breeze, Florida

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    Chris was a great host!! Took my father uncle and I out on a great fishing trip. Very respectful, kind, and great sense of humor. I got the biggest catch of the day with 21 inches we will 100 percent be back. Thanks again Chris!!

    Kiani L. with Christopher T. of Tampa, Florida

  • ★★★★★
    Had a great half-day trip fishing with Capt Jamie near Wrightsville Beach and Masonboro Island. We caught a few fish and learned a lot about the fishery and habitat. Knowledgeable and patient captain. Saw some dolphins, too.

    Tom D. with Jamie R. of Wilmington, North Carolina

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    Mark T. with Larry B. of Aransas Pass, Texas

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    Brian was great. Wonderful trip. Informative,friendly,and fun. Would book Brian again in a heartbeat. Thanks Brian. Five stars. So helpful and patient.

    Gary R. with Brian P. of Ingleside, Texas

  • ★★★★★
    Awesome job! We had a great time! Jim and Joe took care of everything. Amazing trip, would definitely go again!

    Kent W. with Jim V. of Clearwater, Florida

  • ★★★★★
    Captain Arnold and his son were fantastic! Their knowledge of fishing was second to none. Me and my son will always remember and treasure our experience with Captain Arnold. Thank you both for the wonderful experience!

    Kenneth T. with Arnold L. of Port Isabel, Texas

  • ★★★★★
    We had a great time with Capt. Srbo! We look forward to going again one day in the future!

    Chad C. with Srbo T. of Daytona Beach, Florida

  • ★★★★★
    We had a great day on the water with Richard who is a knowledgeable and experienced fly-fishing guide. I highly recommend spending a day or two with him!

    Greg S. with Richard M. of Gulf Breeze, Florida

  • ★★★★★
    The boys and I had a great time. It was the first time they’d ever been out on a charter. Kevin was a great host he put us on the fish cleaned our catch and was just a joy to spend four hours with. We would highly recommend. Where he picks you up they have valet parking and his boat is just a few steps away.

    Cornelius B. with Kevin W. of St. Pete Beach, Florida

  • ★★★★★
    Had a great time and plenty of fish

    Dylan S. with Brent R. of Charleston, South Carolina

  • ★★★★★
    I don't write many reviews, But this Captain is worth taking time to share with others how great and down to earth he is. Not only did he go above and beyond to make my trip great with conversation and put me on fish. But shared his equipment and knowledge with other Captains. Colby not only has the experience but the personality to make your trip rememberable. 5* +

    Wesley H. with Colby M. of Orange Beach, Alabama

  • ★★★★★
    Fun, educational and exactly what we were looking for! Highlight of our vacation.

    Ali M. with Kaleb S. of Mount Pleasant, South Carolina

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    I'll tell you what, when it comes to a great person all around and is fantastic with kids, this is your guide Dean made memories today, Thank you!

    David E. with Dean M. of Galveston, Texas

  • ★★★★★
    Greg did a great job, put us on fish immediately, Super friendly. I highly recommend.

    Chris S. with Greg G. of Panama City, Florida

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