Express Fisheries

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For a great day of fishing in Texas, book a trip with Express Fisheries today. Captain Chris Payne was born and raised fishing the Galveston Bay area and has fished both commercially and recreationally here for the past 34 years.

Spend the day on his 28’ pilothouse boat. This is a large and stable platform, perfect for family groups and customers who want a more comfortable ride. There is an enclosed cabin to escape the midday sun and plenty of space on the deck for groups of 6 to fish comfortably.

Species vary depending on where you end up fishing but can include Red Snapper, Flounder, Red Drum (Redfish), Black Drum, Speckled Trout, Jack Crevalle, Blacktip Shark, and plenty more. The captain will let you know what can be kept and will fillet your catch for you at the end of the trip, so have a cooler in the car to transport your catch home.

Capt. Chris offers a trip for everyone, no matter your skill level or age. You can fish the bay, jetty, or head offshore, which can all be customized to your preferences. There is no minimum age for children and life vests are provided for them.

You can also go spearfishing for Sheepshead and Snapper. This can be arranged for experienced divers and spearfishermen only – you’ll need to bring your own equipment for this.

Conventional rods and reels are included in the price of the trip. You’ll need to buy a fishing license before the day of the trip and on most trips it’s recommended to buy live bait. This can be done at the marina on the morning of the charter. Don’t forget your food and drinks, sunscreen, sunglasses, and a hat, and you’re ready to go.

All that’s left to do is book a trip with Express Fisheries today. Capt. Chris looks forward to welcoming you on board and catching fish together.



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  • Private trip
    Offshore Trip – State Waters
      FREE Cancelation 3 days notice
    10 hours trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    Seasonal trip available (Mon, Tue, Wed, Fri, Sat, Sun)
    $700
    up to 4 persons
    + $70
    each additional person
    You'll leave from the private dock in Sunny San Leon or a public boat ramp at the Texas City Dike to reduce running time. You'll head 9 miles offshore through the jetties and out into the open gulf, fishing the oil rigs and wrecks for Sheepshead, Triggerfish, Spade Fish, Cobia, and other reef fish. You'll also troll for King and Spanish Mackerel. Rods and reels are included in the trip. You must buy a fishing license before the trip. Snacks and drinks are included in the price.
  • Private trip
    Full Day Trip – Galveston Jetties
      FREE Cancelation 3 days notice
    8 hours trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    Seasonal trip available (Mon, Tue, Wed, Fri, Sat, Sun)
    $600
    up to 4 persons
    + $60
    each additional person
    You'll leave from the dock in Sunny San Leon and run out to the Galveston Jetties. You'll fish along the rocks for on Sharks, large Red and Black Drum, Sheepshead in the spring, and Jack Crevalle in the fall. Occasionally Mangrove Snapper, King Mackeral, and other offshore fish can be caught. Live bait is available to buy but is not as important on this trip, unless you are hoping to land a trophy Speckled Trout. You must buy a fishing license beforehand. Rods and reels included along with drinks/snacks.
  • Private trip
    Full Day Trip – Bay Fishing
    In demand!
      FREE Cancelation 3 days notice
    8 hours trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    $500
    up to 4 persons
    + $60
    each additional person
    You'll head out between 6:00 a.m. and 8:00 a.m. This is an 8-hour trip that allows you to go further into the bay system. You'll fish a wide array of habitats including oyster reefs, channels, spoil banks, rock piles, wrecks, and gas wells. These trips are usually focused on the "Big 3" (Speckled Trout, Redfish, and Flounder) but all species of bay fish are up for grabs. Live bait is available at market price and recommended to purchase. You must buy a fishing license. Snacks and drinks are provided.
  • Private trip
    Night Fishing Trip
      FREE Cancelation 3 days notice
    5 hours trip, starts at 8:30 PM
    $500
    up to 4 persons
    + $50
    each additional person
    Come experience red hot Speckled Trout action at night. The captain will bring along his generator and high powered LED lights to draw in Trout from all directions. Live bait available at market price and recommended. You'll need to buy a fishing license before the trip. Snacks and drinks are included in the price. This is a 5-hour trip.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip – Bay Fishing (AM)
      FREE Cancelation 3 days notice
    4 hours trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    Seasonal trip available (Mon, Tue, Wed, Fri, Sat, Sun)
    $375
    up to 4 persons
    + $50
    each additional person
    Departure time between 6:00 a.m. and 8:00 a.m. On this trip, you'll be fishing closer to the dock to maximize your fishing time. This can include the oyster reefs, piers, gas wells, and floodgates. Typical catches include Speckled Trout, Redfish, Black Drum, Sheepshead, Croaker, Whiting, and Gafftopsail Catfish. Live bait is available at market price and is highly recommended for you to buy before the trip but not required. You also must buy a fishing license. Rods and reels provided with snacks and drink
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip – Bay Fishing (PM)
      FREE Cancelation 3 days notice
    4 hours trip, starts at 3:00 PM
    Seasonal trip available (Mon, Tue, Wed, Fri, Sat, Sun)
    $375
    up to 4 persons
    + $50
    each additional person
    Departure time can be between 2:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. You'll fish the piers, oyster reefs, gas wells or floodgates close to shore to maximize fishing time. Species to target include Redfish, Black Drum, Croaker, Whiting, Speckled Trout, Sheepshead, and more. Live bait is recommended to buy before the trip. You must purchase a fishing license. The fishing gear is all provided, along with snacks and drinks.
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About the Captain

Christopher Payne
San Leon, Texas, United States
Angler's Choice
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17 Customer Reviews
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Member since May 2019
I grew up in a commercial fishing family harvesting shrimp and oysters in Galveston Bay and the Gulf of Mexico. I have fished all over the country including 4 years in Alaska. I currently work as captain on a 300' supply ship supporting offshore energy exploration. On my days off from the ship you will find me on the waters in and around the Galveston Bay area.

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Targeted Species

Black Drum Black Drum
Cobia Cobia
Flounder Flounder
Jack Crevalle Jack Crevalle
Ladyfish Ladyfish
Redfish Redfish
Shark (Blacktip) Shark (Blacktip)
Sheepshead Sheepshead
Snapper (Mangrove) Snapper (Mangrove)
Spadefish Spadefish
Speckled Trout Speckled Trout

Boat Specs

Jefferson Fiberglass 28 (Pilothouse) originally built in 2000, and restored in 2014. Powered by a 210HP Caterpillar engine, with a maximum cruising speed of 20 knots.

Length
28 ft
Capacity
6 persons

Types of Fishing

Inshore Fishing
Nearshore Fishing
Offshore Fishing
Reef Fishing
Wreck Fishing

Fishing Techniques

Light Tackle
Heavy Tackle
Bottom Fishing
Spinning
Spearfishing
Deep Sea Fishing

Amenities

Toilet
GPS
Life Jackets
Fishfinder
Live Bait Well
Ice Box
Toilet
GPS
Life Jackets
Fishfinder
Live Bait Well
Ice Box

Trip Includes

Rods, reels & tackle
Catch cleaning & filleting
Snacks
Drinks

Policies

FREE Cancelation
You can cancel or reschedule your booking up to 3 days before the trip. If the captain cannot run the trip due to unsafe weather conditions, your booking can be moved to another date or canceled free of charge.
Pickup agreed upon reservation
Transfer to/from departure site may be available and included in price depending on your location and distance from the dock.
Child Friendly
You Keep Catch
Catch and Release Allowed

Payment

Book with 20% deposit
When the captain confirms your trip, FishingBooker charges your credit card a 20% deposit to guarantee your reservation.
Pay remaining balance to captain
The remaining balance is to be paid directly to the charter operator on or prior to your trip date in one of the following payment methods:
Cash
Checks
Visa
Mastercard
American Express
PayPal

When paying the remaining balance with a credit card, there is a 3% fee.

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Customer Reviews

Rating Summary
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4.92
out of 5 stars from 17 reviews
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93%
Friendly captain
100%
Recommend this charter
100%
Appropriate for children
100%
Satisfied with the boat
93%
Catch intended fish
93%
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Bobby T.
Houston, TX
 5.00
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Enjoyed the trip

VERIFIED   August 17, 2019
Captain Chris is a super nice guy and offers great service.  The boat has a good amount of space to maneuver around and...
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Donnie C.
Spring, TX
 5.00
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A.M. Bay 1/2 Day with Chris Payne is Perfect

VERIFIED   August 11, 2019
Captain Chris Payne is friendly, helpful & knowledgeable. He is just the kind of guy you want to be out fishing with. He...
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Hamish C.
Houston, TX
 5.00
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Half day trip

VERIFIED   August 10, 2019
A great day out with Cpt Chris….he was very knowledgeable about the area and kept us well informed on what we were looking...
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Jeffrey G.
Nacogdoches, Texas
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Full day trip with Captain Chris

VERIFIED   August 12, 2019
Captain Chris took the whole family out for a great day! We caught everything we set out to catch, including the biggest shark...
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Michael K.
Nacogdoches, TX
 5.00
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Great trip

VERIFIED   June 8, 2019
Captain Chris did a great job!  He has a great setup, nice boat and equipment, and is very knowledgeable about both the...
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