Start your Texas inshore adventure with Bay Finatic. Captain Joe Guerra runs trips from Matagorda but you can also start from Galveston. He’s been fishing the area for over 20 years and he’s on the water year round.

Capt. Joe welcomes you aboard his 24’ Haynie Cat boat. Powered by a 300 HP Mercury engine, she can reach a good speed and get you to any fishing spot in no time. The boat accommodates up to 4 guests, although you can also book a special full day trip during weekends, that’s suited for only 2 guests.

Your main targets will be the Big Three – Speckled Trout, Redfish, and Flounder. But the fun doesn’t end there. In these waters, you can also find Black Drum and Sheepshead, depending on the season and fishing grounds you visit. Capt. Joe mainly uses drift fishing, structure and reef fishing techniques with popping CorkSor. If you want to enjoy your catch to the fullest and take some fresh fillets with you, the captain will clean it for you after the trip.

Your rods, reels and fishing tackle are fully covered by the captain. Live bait is extra charged if you want to use it. But, using the live bait is the best way to catch fish and highly recommended! Since you’ll stay out of choppy waters, this trip is great even for kids or guests that aren’t used to boats. You’re required to purchase a fishing license in Texas, so make sure to do it before the trip.

With a variety of fishing trips with Bay Finatic, you’ll easily find the one that’s perfect for you. Take a look and then just choose a date.



Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    Full Day Trip – Bay (2 Guests)
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    7 Hour Trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    $575
    You'll fish either in Galveston or Matagorda Bay, depending on the weather and where the fish are. Your main targets will be Redfish, Black Drum, Speckled Trout, Flounder, or Sheepshead. Fishing gear and bait are included in the price. Live bait is not included in the trip price.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip – Bay (AM)
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    5 Hour Trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    $500
    Start early and come back to the marina with fresh meat for lunch! You'll target various Texas inshore species which are fun to catch and very tasty. The captain will cover your fishing equipment, so you only need some snacks. Live bait is not included in the trip price.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip – Bay (PM)
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    5 Hour Trip, starts at 2:30 PM
    Seasonal trip Mar 14 - Nov 7
    $500
    Spend a fun afternoon in the bay with Captain Joe. He'll cover your fishing equipment and drinks. Don't forget to bring your fishing license and some food as well. Both novices and experienced anglers are welcome! Live bait is not included in the trip price.
  • Private trip
    Beginner Fishing Trip (PM)
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 4:30 PM
    Seasonal trip Mar 14 - Nov 7
    $450
    Take a quick trip with no pressure fishing. Beginner fisherman and want to ease into learning. Learn fishing do's and don'ts – learn where to go and not to go. Use this trip to learn your way around East or West Matagorda Bay. This trip is for beginner adults and kids. 3:30 hr trip helps keep the cost down Live bait is not included in the trip price.
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About the Captain

Joe Guerra
Matagorda, Texas, United States
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Member since August 2019
I have fished my whole life and I love teaching people how to fish. Watching someone catch a fish for the first time and seeing them light up, gives me great pleasure knowing I helped them archive a goal they had. I like to fish with live bait and popping corks. This is the best way to catch different species of fish. Then once we catch a few we can switch to lures.

About this listing

Targeted Species

Black Drum Black Drum
Flounder Flounder
Redfish Redfish
Sheepshead Sheepshead

Spotted Seatrout Spotted Seatrout

Boat Specs

Haynie Cat (Bay boat) originally built in 2021. Powered by a 300HP Mercury engine, with a maximum cruising speed of 50 knots.

Length
24 ft
Capacity
4 persons

Types of Fishing

Inshore Fishing
Nearshore Fishing
Reef Fishing
Wreck Fishing
Flats Fishing

Fishing Techniques

Light Tackle
Bottom Fishing
Spinning
Popping
Drift Fishing

Amenities

GPS
Fishfinder
Live Bait Well
Wireless Trolling Motor
Ice Box
GPS
Fishfinder
Live Bait Well
Wireless Trolling Motor
Ice Box

Trip Includes

Rods, reels & tackle
Catch cleaning & filleting
Drinks

Cancellation Policy

Free cancellation up to 3 days prior to trip

Customers can cancel or modify their booking up to 3 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 15% deposit, pay rest to captain

When the captain confirms your trip, FishingBooker charges your credit card a 15% deposit to guarantee your reservation.

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
PayPal
Bank Transfer
When paying the remaining balance with a credit card, an additional 3% charge will apply.

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Customer Reviews

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Appropriate for children
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Satisfied with the boat
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VERIFIED   Full Day Trip – Bay (2 Guests) on October 9, 2021
Captain Joe took my father and I out fishing in Matagorda Bay and we were beyond impressed. The winds were strong all day and...
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VERIFIED   Half Day Trip – Bay (AM) on October 23, 2021
What an amazing day!  We out ran the storm and captain Joe and Zac kept us on the fish.  Those Reds are fun to catch!  Captain...
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San Saba, TX
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VERIFIED   Full Day Trip – Bay (2 Guests) on October 16, 2021
Treated us very professional
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Great day after Xmas with Joe G.

VERIFIED   Full Day Trip – Bay (2 Guests) on December 26, 2020
Joe is very professional and a true service pro. He knew the best spots and helped both of us reach out limit for Red fish....
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VERIFIED   Half Day Trip – Bay (AM) on August 29, 2021
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FAQs about Bay Finatic - Matagorda

Bay Finatic - Matagorda offers the following trips to customers:
  • $450 per group, additional $50 per person after 2 guests - Beginner Fishing Trip (PM) (4 hours)
  • $500 per group, additional $50 per person after 2 guests - Half Day Trip – Bay (PM) (5 hours)
  • $500 per group, additional $50 per person after 2 guests - Half Day Trip – Bay (AM) (5 hours)
  • $575 per group, additional $50 per person after 2 guests - Full Day Trip – Bay (2 Guests) (7 hours)

When you book a trip with Bay Finatic - Matagorda, you can expect the following amenities onboard:
  • GPS
  • Fishfinder
  • Live Bait Well
  • Wireless Trolling Motor
  • Ice Box

Trips booked with Bay Finatic - Matagorda include:
  • Rods, reels & tackle
  • Catch cleaning & filleting
  • Drinks (Water, Gatorade, ice)

Bay Finatic - Matagorda offers the following types of fishing:
  • Inshore Fishing
  • Nearshore Fishing
  • Reef Fishing
  • Wreck Fishing
  • Flats Fishing

Bay Finatic - Matagorda offers the following fishing techniques:
  • Light Tackle
  • Bottom Fishing
  • Spinning
  • Popping
  • Drift Fishing

Top targeted fish species with Bay Finatic - Matagorda include:
  • Black Drum
  • Flounder
  • Redfish
  • Sheepshead
  • Spotted Seatrout