Nautilus Charters

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!

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  • Private trip
    8 Hour Trip – Offshore
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    Seasonal trip Jun 1 - Jul 31
    up to 6 persons
    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.
  • Private trip
    6 Hour Trip – Offshore
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    Seasonal trip Jun 1 - Jul 31
    up to 5 persons
    + $100
    each additional person
    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.
  • Private trip
    4 Hour – Inshore Jetty Fishing (AM)
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    up to 4 persons
    + $50
    each additional person
    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!
  • Private trip
    4 Hour – Inshore Jetty Fishing (PM)
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 12:30 PM
    up to 4 persons
    + $50
    each additional person
    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.
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About the Captain

Matthew West
Galveston, Texas, United States
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1 Customer Reviews
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!

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Targeted Species

Black Drum

Grouper (Gag)
Jack Crevalle
King Mackerel (Kingfish)

Shark (Blacktip)
Snapper (Red)
Speckled Trout

Boat Specs

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

36 ft
6 persons

Types of Fishing

Inshore Fishing
Nearshore Fishing
Offshore Fishing
Reef Fishing
Wreck Fishing

Fishing Techniques

Light Tackle
Heavy Tackle
Bottom Fishing
Deep Sea Fishing


Life Jackets
Live Bait Well
Life Jackets
Live Bait Well

Trip Includes

Rods, reels & tackle
Live Bait
Catch cleaning & filleting


FREE Cancellation
You can cancel or reschedule your booking up to 7 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


Book with 30% deposit
When the captain confirms your trip, FishingBooker charges your credit card a 30% 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:
American Express

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Christine W.
Houston, Texas

Birthday Trip

October 12, 2019
Had the most fabulous time!! Captain Matt was very helpful and knowledgable in making my birthday the best. He put us on bullreds...
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