Full Day, 3/4 Day or Half Day Bay Trip

Starting at $500

Pricing & Availability

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Fishing Info


Light Tackle

Water Type


Skill Level

Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced


Black Drum, Flounder, Redfish, Sheepshead, Speckled Trout / Spotted Seatrout

About Your Trip

Captain Ernest's trips are entirely designed to keep you on the fish at all times. You can expect most of your time on the water to be spent fishing- this trip can launch from multiple boat ramps throughout the Galveston Bay Complex and Matagorda, and Ernest is happy to launch wherever is most convenient for you or wherever's closest to where the fish are biting!

About Your Boat

Captain Ernest's rig is the perfect boat for fishing Galveston Bay. It has the ability to get up in the skinniest of water, but the draft and stability to handle any chop in the open bay.

Boat type: center console bay boat

Boat length: 22'

Boat manufacturer: Kenner

Engine manufacturer: Mercury

Number of engines: 1

Total horsepower: 195

Extras: elevated casting platforms, Minn-Kota silent trolling motor, Lowrance fish finder, ice chest

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 few highly recommended guides who didn't disappoint and 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.

Click "See Dates" to Search It, Book It, Live It with Captain Ernest Pillow III and Captain Experiences!


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..



All rods, reels, and tackle are included.

Fish Cleaning

This guide will clean your catch for you.


Feel free to enjoy responsibly, but please no glass.


You will get a refund if the trip is canceled due to weather.

Boat Restroom

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

Live Bait

No live bait provided.


No meal provided.

Gear & Packing


Rods, reels, lures, ice

At an Additional Rate

No added costs.

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 to you. On the day of the trip, your guide will scan your QR code to automatically transfer the remaining balance. The only cash needed is for a customary tip (we recommend 20%).

Cancellation/Refund Policy

Yes, cancel for free up to 7 days before the trip.

Where to Buy a Fishing License

Find a license for your state here.


Start Location

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

Start Time(s)

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


4 hours, 6 hours, 8 hours,