Half Day Bay Trip

Only a $100 deposit to reserve

Cancel for free up to 7 days


4 - 6 hours

Pricing & Availability

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Fishing Info


Light Tackle, Wading

Water Type


Skill Level

Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced


Black Drum, Flounder, Redfish, Sheepshead, Speckled Trout

About Your Guide

Captain Ernest Pillow's journey to becoming a Galveston fishing guide began in Nashville, Tennessee when he was four years old. At that age, his grandfather began taking him to the catfish farm with a simple cane pole with a line tied to the tip.

At the age of 10, Captain Ernest and his family moved to Houston where he explored saltwater fishing for the first time. That initial trip was an exciting adventure but, after several other successful\unsuccessful trips, he began developing an undeniable attraction to life on Galveston Bay. The Speckled Trout, Redfish, and Flounder of the Galveston Bay Complex worked their magic!

In 1999, Captain Ernest purchased his first boat after a series of failed fishing trips, and hired a highly recommended guide, Mickey Eastman. Mickey didn't disappoint, and Captain Ernest then met John D. Landry, C.T. and Bubba Ray who helped him learn the Bay Complex in depth.

In 2002, Captain Ernest earned his captain's license and purchased a 22' Century bay fishing boat. Today, his passion for fishing is stronger than ever, and he looks forward to passing down the knowledge others passed to him.

Captain Ernest is a genuine and fun-loving personality who looks forward to an exciting time on the water with you! Whether you're an experienced angler looking for an all-day expedition or a new saltwater angler learning the ropes, Captain Ernest looks forward to providing you and your group the fishing trip of a lifetime.

Captain Ernest is happy to fish live bait or artificial lures like Down South Lures.

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Feel free to enjoy responsibly. No glass allowed.

Fish Cleaning

This guide will clean your catch for you.


No lunch provided.

Live Bait

No live bait provided.


No lodging provided.

Boat Restroom

No, this boat does not have a bathroom on board.


Start Location

Galveston Bait & Tackle, Broadway Street, Galveston, TX, USA

Start Time(s)

06:00 AM, 07:00 AM, 01:00 PM, 02:00 PM


4 hours, 6 hours,


Chrissy N.

April 2, 2020

We highly recommend Ernest with Galveston Big 3 Fishing. Not only was he knowledgeable about the areas and overall fishing, he was incredible to just be around. He made our son’s 8th bday celebration one he won’t ever forget. Thank you, Ernest! We will be fishing again soon! 🎣

Daniel D.

February 21, 2020

Great guide, very knowledgeable highly recommend, not only will he put you on some fish but was very helpful. Not against teaching and giving you tips. Thanks Earnest!!

Tracy B.

October 18, 2018

Captain Pillow has put me on fish everytime that I have fished with him. Through his instruction I have been able to catch more fish using artificial baits than ever before. Great prices for a great experience..

Gear & Packing


Rods, reels, lures, ice

At an additional rate


Recommended packing

Hat, sunscreen, polarized sunglasses

Required items

Texas saltwater fishing license

Things to keep in mind

Payment & Tipping

After paying the deposit, a QR Code will be emailed. Your guide will take a picture of the QR code to automatically transfer the remaining balance. The only cash needed is for a 10-20% customary tip.

Cancellation/Refund policy


Link to license

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