Gary's Guide Service

Get ready to join Gary’s Guide Service on a unique adventure through Matagorda Bay and its surrounding flats and backcountry. Captain Gary Mach has been fishing the East and West Bay Complex for over 20 years and running charters in the area since 2013. From fightin’ Bull Reds and other monster fish to Flounder gigging, you can guarantee that there’s something for everyone!

The “Reel Fishing” is a 24’ SVT Tran Cat, equipped with top-notch navigational instruments, fishing tackle, a live bait tank, ice box, and safety gear. She’s a spacious flats boat with a center console and a shallow draft, making her ideal for fishing in flats and other low-water areas. She can take up to 4 guests per trip, everyone can fish at the same time, and there’s no minimum age for kids.

You’ll be targeting inshore monsters such as Redfish, Black Drum, Tripletail, Flounder, Speckled Trout, Sheepshead, and many more. Capt. Gary also offers Flounder gigging trips at night while they come out in numbers to feed. This is an exciting trip for beginners as it is relatively easy to learn without any prior experience. He’s got all the necessary equipment for gigging, just come ready to enjoy a fun fishing tradition and fill the cooler up with delicious Flounder!

Capt. Gary provides state-of-the-art rods and reels on all his trips, and you can also buy live bait for an extra cost. He’ll also clean and fillet your catch for you so you can go home and enjoy a delicious meal that you worked so hard for.

Get ready for an inshore adventure with Gary’s Guide Service and discover Matagorda Bay from a true local’s perspective! All you need to do is purchase a fishing license and come with a positive attitude ready to catch some fish. There’s a cooler on board for food and beverages but you can also bring your own. The rest will be taken care of. Just sit back, relax, and enjoy some quality fishing on the beautiful Texas Gulf Coast with Capt. Gary!



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  • Private trip
    Full Day Trip
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 6:30 AM
    $600
    price breakdown
    $600
    Get ready for the ultimate challenge and come face-to-gill with fish that will put you right to work! You'll target a range of inshore species, including Redfish, Tripletail, Black Drum, Flounder, Speckled Trout, and more! Fishing tackle is included, just pick up a fishing license, bring some snacks and drinks, and get ready to discover the Texas Gulf Coast! Live bait is $50 extra.
  • Private trip
    Flounder gigging
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    5 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 PM
    $550
    price breakdown
    $550
    This is a wading flounder gigging trip which means that you will not be fishing out of the boat.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip (AM)
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    5 Hour Trip, starts at 6:30 AM
    $500
    price breakdown
    $500
    Hit the water right as the sun is coming up and the fish are coming up for a morning bite. You'll be fishing the East and West Bay Complex, targeting various inshore species, such as Tripletail, Black Drum, Redfish, Speckled Trout, and more! Just pick up your fishing license before the trip, bring some food and drinks, and get ready to fish! Live bait is $50 extra.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip (PM)
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    5 Hour Trip, starts at 1:00 PM
    $500
    price breakdown
    $500
    Join Gary's Guide Service on this inshore fishing trip through the Matagorda Bay area. You'll put your arms and back to work as you battle against fish that like to fight back hard! This includes Redfish, Black Drum, Speckled Trout, Tripletail, and many more! Just be sure to purchase a fishing license before the trip, pack up some snacks and drinks, and get ready for an exciting adventure! Live bait is $50 extra.
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About the Captain

Gary Mach
Matagorda, Texas, United States
Angler's Choice
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7 Customer Reviews
Response time 1 hour
Member since May 2019
Captain Gary Mach has been fishing since he was 8 years old and has carried his passion for the sport throughout his entire life. Today, he holds both a USCG and Texas Parks and Wildlife License and has been fishing the East and West Bay Complex for over 20 years. He began running inshore charters in 2013 and has enjoyed every minute of it. Capt. Gary specializes in catching Flounder, Speckled Trout, and Redfish, but also targets other local species, such as Black Drum and Tripletail. He's an expert in wade fishing, drifting, spinning, and Flounder gigging. No matter your skill level, you'll be accommodated and provided with top-quality gear and tackle. Join Gary's Guide Service on this unique adventure and discover the productive waters of Matagorda Bay!

About this listing

Targeted Species

Black Drum Black Drum
Flounder Flounder
Redfish Redfish
Sheepshead Sheepshead

Speckled Trout Speckled Trout
Tripletail Tripletail

Boat Specs

SVT Tran Cat (Center console) originally built in 2016. Powered by a 250HP Suzuki engine.

Length
24 ft
Capacity
3 persons

Types of Fishing

Inshore Fishing
Flats Fishing
Backcountry Fishing

Fishing Techniques

Light Tackle
Spinning
Drift Fishing
Flounder Gigging

Amenities

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

Trip Includes

Rods, reels & tackle
Lures
Catch cleaning & filleting

Cancellation Policy

Free cancellation up to 7 days prior to trip

Customers can cancel or modify their booking up to 7 days before the trip date free of charge. If the trip is canceled or modified later, or in the event of a no-show, 100% of the deposit will be charged.

Listing Policies

Pickup not included
Transfer to/from departure site is not included in trip rates.
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
Visa
Mastercard
American Express

When paying the remaining balance with a credit card, there is a 4% fee.

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Customer Reviews

Rating Summary
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5.00
out of 5 stars from 7 reviews
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100%
Friendly captain
100%
Recommend this charter
86%
Appropriate for children
100%
Satisfied with the boat
100%
Catch intended fish
100%
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Robert L.

The captain canceled

VERIFIED   NEW  July 29, 2020
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Kari P.
Springtown, TX
 5.00
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Fishing with the girls

VERIFIED   July 2, 2020
My sister and I have been wanting to fishing in the Matagorda area for years. We grew up fishing in the summers as children....
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Gary N.
Missouri City, TX
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Half day trip on Feb 1

VERIFIED   February 1, 2020
Had afternoon trip with Captain Gary and he called day before telling us we could go earlier if we wanted if we wanted. Started...
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Margarito S.
Houston, Texas
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September fishing trip

VERIFIED   September 28, 2019
Capt Gary is extremely knowledgeable and will work hard to put you on the fish. Thanks to this fishing trip I was able to land...
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Josue N.
Bay City, TX
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November fishing trip

VERIFIED   November 9, 2019
Great time , Gary put us on fish as soon as we hit the water great time .
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