Nautilus Charters is a family-friendly guide service that specializes in inshore and offshore fishing off the coast of Galveston, TX. Captain Matthew West is a born and raised Texas native who’s been fishing the Gulf Coast his whole life. He knows where to take his clients to get them hooked up and show them the true meaning of “Everything is bigger down in Texas!”

You’ll be fishing from a 36’ Contender walkaround boat, outfitted with state-of-the-art electronics and fishing amenities. You’ll reach the fishing grounds in no time while being propelled by 3 outboard Yamaha engines, totaling 750 HP. This boat is fast, sleek, and spacious with its own private toilet on board. She accommodates up to 6 guests, including kids of all ages, and everyone can fish at the same time without rubbing elbows.

Capt. Matthew offers seasonal offshore trips and year-round inshore trips. Fishing inside the East, West, and Galveston Bay provide lots of great opportunities for all skill levels. Here, you’ll be able to target Redfish, Black Drum, Spotted Seatrout, Flounder, and Jack Crevalle. Further out into the Gulf, you’ll start to encounter bigger fish. Red Snapper, Gag Grouper, Amberjack, Cobia, and Kingfish are just some of the likely catches you may reel in.

On all trips, you’ll have top-of-the-line Penn and Shimano gear at your disposal. Capt. Mathew will also supply the live bait and artificial lures, depending on the technique you choose. Just remember to purchase your fishing license, pack sun protection, and bring snacks and drinks for the ride.

After your trip, you’ll be able to taste the fresh catch of the day. Capt. Mathew will offer to clean and fillet whatever you caught so you can take it home and enjoy a delicious meal with the family.

Start planning your next fishing trip today and choose Nautilus Charters as your guide. Your next adventure is only one click away, so pack your bags, invite the family, and get ready to catch some big fish down in Galveston!



Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    12 hour Deep sea
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    12 Hour Trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    Seasonal trip Aug 1 - Sep 1
    $2,800
    This trip will be a full day trip venturing out to about 90 miles in bluewater. In August red snapper season is closed so we shift to targeting Amber jack Aka reef donkey along with other snapper species, kingfish, mahi mahi, and what ever else we can come across on our 12 hour trip. You will be fishing with all Avet reels and custom built rods.
  • Private trip
    8 Hour Trip – Offshore
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    Seasonal trip Jun 1 - Jul 31
    $1,800
    This is a full day adventure where you'll be going far offshore to target bigger Red Snapper and trophy size Kingfish, Cobia, and Mahi Mahi. Please check with the captain if there is an extra fuel surcharge for offshore trips.
  • Private trip
    6 Hour Trip – Offshore (AM)
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    Seasonal trip Jun 1 - Jul 31
    $1,450
    This will be a half day trip starting at 6 am. This half day trip will take you miles offshore where you will target Red Snapper, Mangrove Snapper, Kingfish, and Cobia. Please check with the captain if there is an extra fuel surcharge for offshore trips.
  • Private trip
    6 Hour Trip – Offshore (PM)
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 12:30 PM
    Seasonal trip Jun 1 - Jul 31
    $1,450
    This is the same trip as our AM offshore trip it just departs later in the day.
  • Private trip
    6 hr jetty trip
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    Seasonal trip Aug 1 - Mar 1
    $900
    This trip is the same as our other jetty trips except this trip has more time to fish and spend more time kn the water.
  • Private trip
    4 Hour – Inshore Jetty Fishing (AM)
    In demand! Last booked: 5 days ago
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    $525
    This 4-hour trip will see you targeting Sheephead, Red and Black Drum, Flounder, and Speckled Trout, just to name a few. Capt. Matthew will provide all necessary fishing gear, including rods, reels, bait, and lures. Just remember to purchase your fishing license online, pack your favorite snacks and drinks for the ride, and don't forget the sun protection! Please check with the captain if there is an extra fuel surcharge for offshore trips.
  • Private trip
    4 Hour – Inshore Jetty Fishing (PM)
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 12:30 PM
    Seasonal trip Apr 3 - Dec 31
    $525
    Get ready for a 4-hour adventure, going after Bull and Slot Reds, Sheephead, Black Drum, and Flounder. This is a great way for families to enjoy quality time together, create memories, and catch themselves some supper! Your captain will supply everything from live bait and lures to rods and reels. Just be sure to buy a fishing license before you arrive and bring any snacks and drinks you'd like as well. Please check with the captain if there is an extra fuel surcharge for offshore trips.
  • Private trip
    4 Hour – Inshore Jetty Fishing (PM)
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 12:30 PM
    Seasonal trip Aug 3 - May 31
    $525
    Get ready for a 4-hour adventure, going after Bull and Slot Reds, Sheephead, Black Drum, and Flounder. This is a great way for families to enjoy quality time together, create memories, and catch themselves some supper! Your captain will supply everything from live bait and lures to rods and reels. Just be sure to buy a fishing license before you arrive and bring any snacks and drinks you'd like as well. Please check with the captain if there is an extra fuel surcharge for offshore trips.
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About the Captain

Matthew West
Galveston, Texas, United States
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101 Customer Reviews
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Member since October 2019
I was born in Texas and grew up on the Gulf Coast. I've been fishing with my family for as long as I can remember. In my early teens, I had the opportunity to get my first real dose of blue water and giant fish. This is where the addiction started. Since I've gotten older, it's become a passion of mine to see people's reactions to hooking into a fish of their dreams, give them the opportunity to harvest their own dinner, and make memories with their friends and families. We're a young business and haven't been at it as long as some captains but don't let that distract you. When you arrive at the boat, we want you and your guests to feel like family and at home!

About this listing

Targeted Species

Amberjack Amberjack
Black Drum Black Drum
Cobia Cobia
Flounder Flounder

Grouper (Gag) Grouper (Gag)
Jack Crevalle Jack Crevalle
King Mackerel (Kingfish) King Mackerel (Kingfish)
Redfish Redfish

Shark (Blacktip) Shark (Blacktip)
Sheepshead Sheepshead
Snapper (Red) Snapper (Red)
Speckled Trout Speckled Trout

Boat Specs

Contender (Walkaround) originally built in 2007. Powered by 3 250HP Yamaha engines, with a maximum cruising speed of 40 knots.

Length
36 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
Trolling
Jigging
Deep Sea Fishing

Amenities

Toilet
GPS
Fishfinder
Live Bait Well
Toilet
GPS
Fishfinder
Live Bait Well

Trip Includes

Rods, reels & tackle
Live Bait
Lures
Catch cleaning & filleting

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 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

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Customer Reviews

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Half day jetty trip
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Amazing experience caught 5 redfish!!!
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Appropriate for children
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Satisfied with the boat
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Catch intended fish
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James P.
Commerce, TX
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Half day trip with captain Matt

VERIFIED   4 Hour – Inshore Jetty Fishing (AM) on June 7, 2021
My two sons, grandson, and myself had a great time on the half day trip with Captain Matt.  Although the winds were high,...
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Ken P.
Springdale, AR
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Half day afternoon

VERIFIED   4 Hour – Inshore Jetty Fishing (AM) on June 23, 2021
1st outing with grandson, son, and son-in-law. Despite a storm for our original departure, Captain Matthew switched us to the...
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Christian D.
Conroe, TX
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August day in the Boat

VERIFIED   NEW  4 Hour – Inshore Jetty Fishing (PM) on August 21, 2021
Caught 2 huge redfish that day. But due to some confusion with the fishing license, only could keep one.  So get your license...
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Rich E.
Fort Worth, TX
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Morning fishing trip with my grandsons

VERIFIED   4 Hour – Inshore Jetty Fishing (AM) on June 23, 2021
Wanted to take my grandsons for a deep sea fishing experience and I was not disappointed!! The captain was very knowledgeable...
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Anthony N.
Houston, Texas
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Fishing with Matthew

VERIFIED   4 Hour – Inshore Jetty Fishing (AM) on May 28, 2021
Had a great time fishing with Capitan Matt. Friend of mine from Ohio came down for the weekend. Capitan Matt was very knowledgeable...
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FAQs about Nautilus Charters

Nautilus Charters offers the following trips to customers:
  • $525 per group, additional $50 per person after 5 guests - 4 Hour – Inshore Jetty Fishing (PM) (4 hours)
  • $525 per group, additional $50 per person after 5 guests - 4 Hour – Inshore Jetty Fishing (AM) (4 hours)
  • $525 per group, additional $50 per person after 5 guests - 4 Hour – Inshore Jetty Fishing (PM) (4 hours)
  • $900 per group, additional $50 per person after 5 guests - 6 hr jetty trip (6 hours)
  • $1,450 per group - 6 Hour Trip – Offshore (AM) (6 hours)
  • $1,450 per group - 6 Hour Trip – Offshore (PM) (6 hours)
  • $1,800 per group - 8 Hour Trip – Offshore (8 hours)
  • $2,800 per group - 12 hour Deep sea (12 hours)

When you book a trip with Nautilus Charters, you can expect the following amenities onboard:
  • Toilet (Private head )
  • GPS
  • Fishfinder
  • Live Bait Well

Trips booked with Nautilus Charters include:
  • Rods, reels & tackle (Penn & Shimano )
  • Live Bait
  • Lures
  • Catch cleaning & filleting

Nautilus Charters offers the following types of fishing:
  • Inshore Fishing (Jetties )
  • Nearshore Fishing (Up to 15 miles )
  • Offshore Fishing (Up to 100 miles )
  • Reef Fishing
  • Wreck Fishing

Nautilus Charters offers the following fishing techniques:
  • Light Tackle
  • Heavy Tackle
  • Bottom Fishing
  • Trolling
  • Jigging
  • Deep Sea Fishing

Top targeted fish species with Nautilus Charters include:
  • Amberjack
  • Black Drum
  • Cobia
  • Flounder
  • Grouper (Gag)
  • Jack Crevalle
  • King Mackerel (Kingfish)
  • Redfish
  • Shark (Blacktip)
  • Sheepshead
  • Snapper (Red)
  • Speckled Trout