Nautilus Charters

23 reviews
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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
    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
    price breakdown
    $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
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    Seasonal trip Jun 1 - Jul 31
    $1,350
    price breakdown
    $1,350
    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
    4 Hour – Inshore Jetty Fishing (AM)
    In demand! Last booked: 4 days ago
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    $525
    price breakdown
    $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
    price breakdown
    $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
    price breakdown
    $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
ID & License verified
23 Customer Reviews
Response time within an hour
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
Life Jackets
Fishfinder
Live Bait Well
Toilet
GPS
Life Jackets
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 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 25% deposit
When the captain confirms your trip, FishingBooker charges your credit card a 25% 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

Rating Summary
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4.96
out of 5 stars from 23 reviews
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100%
Friendly captain
100%
Recommend this charter
96%
Appropriate for children
100%
Satisfied with the boat
100%
Catch intended fish
84%
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David C.
El Dorado, AR
 5.00
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Half Day Trip with Captain Matthew

VERIFIED   August 23, 2020
Matthew called us an hour ahead of our trip unable to locate any live bait at the bait shops due a bait shortage.  He...
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Marina G.
Maple Heights, OH
 5.00
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Awesome inshore trip with Capt Matthew

VERIFIED   July 7, 2020
We chose the 4 hour trip because it was the kids first time out and we didn’t know how they would do.  Capt Matthew...
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Kathy L.
Spring, Texas
 5.00
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Great Family Trip!

VERIFIED   May 17, 2020
Captain Matt was very responsive and SO accommodating! Horrible weather blew in the night before our scheduled trip and he...
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Chad K.
Austin, TX
 5.00
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Great last minute booking

VERIFIED   August 2, 2020
After trying numerous other recommended captains, I decided I needed an online booking agent.  All the other captains...
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Craig T.
Houston, TX
 5.00
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Half Day Inshore Fishing

VERIFIED   August 7, 2020
Great morning out on the boat with Matt.  We had two 9 year olds on the boat and they had an excellent time - we caught...
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