Big Tex Fishing Charters

If you are looking for an amazing experience out on the water, whether you are taking the family on a vacation or just some buddies out for a good time in Galveston, then Big Tex Fishing Charters has you covered!

At Big Tex Fishing Charters our goal is to not only put you on the fish but to also share with you the beauty of nature.

Redfish, Black Drum, Blacktip Shark, Bonnethead Shark, Speckled Trout,  Sheepshead, Flounder, Jack Crevalle, Ray, Spanish Mackerel, Pompano, Catfish, and more could be biting, depending on conditions. You can expect to do some spinning, popping, drifting, bottom fishing, or maybe something more specialized in this area.

You’ll be casting lines from a 24’ Center console that can carry up to 6 passengers. It comes with all the essentials. There’s a toilet on board for your convenience. Your captain will provide rods and reels. Live bait is on offer, but you should ask the captain whether you’ll be catching it yourself.

Before coming aboard, you may need to buy a local fishing license for everyone in your group. This information is usually available online, or you can ask the captain. Some species might be protected or require a tag to keep them, so make sure you know what to expect.

Thinking of bringing the whole family? Kids are absolutely welcome! A few items to bring include bottled water, snacks, sunglasses, and sunblock (non-spray).

Now and then the fish might get away, but a day on the water never should. So make it happen, with Big Tex Fishing Charters!



Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    4 Hour Trip – Bay & Jetty
    In demand! Last booked: 3 days ago
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 1:00 PM
    Seasonal trip Jun 1 - Nov 1 (Sun)
    US $525
    This is a 4-hour trip, fishing at the jetties and/or around the bay. Depending on the time of year we will be targeting Redfish, Trout, Sheepshead, Sharks, and more. No fuel surcharges added. Start time for afternoon trips may change and will be discussed with Captain after booking.
    Types of fishing
    Inshore Fishing
    Nearshore Fishing
    Fishing techniques
    Bottom Fishing
    Light Tackle
    Popping
    Heavy Tackle
    Spinning
    Targeted fish
    Jack Crevalle
    Jack Crevalle
    Black Drum
    Black Drum
    Redfish
    Redfish
    Spanish Mackerel
    Spanish Mackerel
    Shark (Blacktip)
    Blacktip Shark
    Pompano
    Pompano
    Flounder
    Flounder
    Sheepshead
    Sheepshead
    Speckled Trout
    Speckled Trout
    Catfish
    Catfish
    Shark (Bonnethead)
    Bonnethead Shark
    Ray
    Ray
  • Private trip
    4 Hour Trip – Bay & Jetty (AM)
    In demand! Last booked: 15 hours ago
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 6:30 AM
    Seasonal trip (Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat)
    US $525
    This is a 4-hour trip, fishing at the jetties and/or around the bay. Depending on the time of year we will be targeting Redfish, Trout, Sheepshead, Sharks, and more. No fuel surcharges added.
    Types of fishing
    Inshore Fishing
    Nearshore Fishing
    Fishing techniques
    Bottom Fishing
    Light Tackle
    Popping
    Heavy Tackle
    Spinning
    Targeted fish
    Jack Crevalle
    Jack Crevalle
    Black Drum
    Black Drum
    Redfish
    Redfish
    Spanish Mackerel
    Spanish Mackerel
    Shark (Blacktip)
    Blacktip Shark
    Pompano
    Pompano
    Flounder
    Flounder
    Sheepshead
    Sheepshead
    Speckled Trout
    Speckled Trout
    Catfish
    Catfish
    Shark (Bonnethead)
    Bonnethead Shark
    Ray
    Ray
  • Private trip
    4 Hour Trip – Bay & Jetty (PM)
    In demand! Last booked: 1 day ago
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 11:30 AM
    Seasonal trip (Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat)
    US $525
    This is a 4-hour trip, fishing at the jetties and/or around the bay. Depending on the time of year we will be targeting Redfish, Trout, Sheepshead, Sharks, and more. No fuel surcharges added. PM start times are subject to change.
    Types of fishing
    Inshore Fishing
    Nearshore Fishing
    Fishing techniques
    Bottom Fishing
    Light Tackle
    Popping
    Heavy Tackle
    Spinning
    Targeted fish
    Jack Crevalle
    Jack Crevalle
    Black Drum
    Black Drum
    Redfish
    Redfish
    Spanish Mackerel
    Spanish Mackerel
    Shark (Blacktip)
    Blacktip Shark
    Pompano
    Pompano
    Flounder
    Flounder
    Sheepshead
    Sheepshead
    Speckled Trout
    Speckled Trout
    Catfish
    Catfish
    Shark (Bonnethead)
    Bonnethead Shark
    Ray
    Ray
  • Private trip
    4 Hour Trip – Bay & Jetty (PM)
    In demand! Last booked: 1 day ago
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 1:30 PM
    Seasonal trip (Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat)
    US $525
    This is a 4-hour trip, fishing at the jetties and/or around the bay. Depending on the time of year we will be targeting Redfish, Trout, Sheepshead, Sharks, and more. No fuel surcharges added. Start time for afternoon trips may change and will be discussed with Captain after booking.
    Types of fishing
    Inshore Fishing
    Nearshore Fishing
    Fishing techniques
    Bottom Fishing
    Light Tackle
    Popping
    Heavy Tackle
    Spinning
    Targeted fish
    Jack Crevalle
    Jack Crevalle
    Black Drum
    Black Drum
    Redfish
    Redfish
    Spanish Mackerel
    Spanish Mackerel
    Shark (Blacktip)
    Blacktip Shark
    Pompano
    Pompano
    Flounder
    Flounder
    Sheepshead
    Sheepshead
    Speckled Trout
    Speckled Trout
    Catfish
    Catfish
    Shark (Bonnethead)
    Bonnethead Shark
    Ray
    Ray
  • Private trip
    6 Hour Trip – Bay & Jetty (AM)
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 6:30 AM
    Seasonal trip (Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat)
    US $750
    This is a 6-hour trip, fishing at the jetties and/or around the bay. Depending on the time of year we will be targeting Redfish, Trout, Sheepshead, Sharks, and more. No fuel surcharges added.
    Types of fishing
    Inshore Fishing
    Nearshore Fishing
    Fishing techniques
    Bottom Fishing
    Light Tackle
    Popping
    Heavy Tackle
    Spinning
    Targeted fish
    Jack Crevalle
    Jack Crevalle
    Black Drum
    Black Drum
    Redfish
    Redfish
    Spanish Mackerel
    Spanish Mackerel
    Shark (Blacktip)
    Blacktip Shark
    Pompano
    Pompano
    Flounder
    Flounder
    Sheepshead
    Sheepshead
    Speckled Trout
    Speckled Trout
    Catfish
    Catfish
    Shark (Bonnethead)
    Bonnethead Shark
    Ray
    Ray
  • Private trip
    6 Hour Trip – Bay & Jetty (PM)
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 11:30 AM
    Seasonal trip (Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat)
    US $750
    This is a 6-hour trip, fishing at the jetties and/or around the bay. Depending on the time of year we will be targeting Redfish, Trout, Sheepshead, Sharks, and more. No fuel surcharges added.
    Types of fishing
    Inshore Fishing
    Nearshore Fishing
    Fishing techniques
    Bottom Fishing
    Light Tackle
    Popping
    Heavy Tackle
    Spinning
    Targeted fish
    Jack Crevalle
    Jack Crevalle
    Black Drum
    Black Drum
    Redfish
    Redfish
    Spanish Mackerel
    Spanish Mackerel
    Shark (Blacktip)
    Blacktip Shark
    Pompano
    Pompano
    Flounder
    Flounder
    Sheepshead
    Sheepshead
    Speckled Trout
    Speckled Trout
    Catfish
    Catfish
    Shark (Bonnethead)
    Bonnethead Shark
    Ray
    Ray
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Customer reviews

Rating summary
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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Excellent
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Crew
Excellent
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Experience
Excellent
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Had a great time and a blast!
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Cheryl H.
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5.0 / 5
Overall

Wow! Fun for Everyone!

VERIFIED   NEW  4 Hour Trip – Bay & Jetty (PM) on July 5, 2024
Our experience with Captain John-Mark was beyond words! He turned our fishing trip into an unforgettable adventure for two...
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Angelina C.
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Was looking forward to a good fishing trip..

VERIFIED   4 Hour Trip – Bay & Jetty (AM) on June 24, 2024
BUT WHAT WE GOT WAS A FABULOUS FISHING EXPERIENCE!! If I could have given Cap more stars I would have!!! Captain John-...
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Sean O.
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What an AWESOME trip!

VERIFIED   4 Hour Trip – Bay & Jetty (AM) on June 12, 2024
This was a trip we will always remember!! We’ve NEVER caught fish in this number like this before on many past chartered...
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Jordan A.
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Awesome trip

VERIFIED   6 Hour Trip – Bay & Jetty (PM) on June 8, 2024
I had a great time with Big Tex. I’m not much of a fisherman and I only caught a few small fish, but the rest of my party...
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Houston F.
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Amazing Fishing Trip

VERIFIED   4 Hour Trip – Bay & Jetty (PM) on June 1, 2024
This was an excellent birthday fishing trip.  ALL the members of my family had an amazing time.  I’d like to thank Big...
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FAQs about Big Tex Fishing Charters

Big Tex Fishing Charters offers the following trips to customers:
  • US $525 per group, additional US $75 per person after 4 guests - 4 Hour Trip – Bay & Jetty (4 hours)
  • US $525 per group, additional US $75 per person after 4 guests - 4 Hour Trip – Bay & Jetty (AM) (4 hours)
  • US $525 per group, additional US $75 per person after 4 guests - 4 Hour Trip – Bay & Jetty (PM) (4 hours)
  • US $525 per group, additional US $75 per person after 4 guests - 4 Hour Trip – Bay & Jetty (PM) (4 hours)
  • US $750 per group, additional US $75 per person after 4 guests - 6 Hour Trip – Bay & Jetty (AM) (6 hours)
  • US $750 per group, additional US $75 per person after 4 guests - 6 Hour Trip – Bay & Jetty (PM) (6 hours)

When you book a trip with Big Tex Fishing Charters, you can expect the following amenities onboard:
  • Toilet There is an enclosed restroom on the boat.
  • GPS
  • Fishfinder
  • Live Bait Well
  • Multimedia System Bluetooth Compatable Stereo System
  • Wireless Trolling Motor
  • Ice Box

Trips booked with Big Tex Fishing Charters include:
  • Rods, reels & tackle
  • Live Bait (Live and or dead bait is included. )
  • Catch cleaning & filleting (If you choose to keep your catch then it will cleaned and bagged at no charge. )

Big Tex Fishing Charters offers the following types of fishing:
  • Inshore Fishing
  • Nearshore Fishing
  • Wreck Fishing

Big Tex Fishing Charters offers the following fishing techniques:
  • Light Tackle
  • Heavy Tackle
  • Bottom Fishing
  • Spinning
  • Popping
  • Drift Fishing

Top targeted fish species with Big Tex Fishing Charters include:
  • Black Drum
  • Catfish
  • Flounder
  • Jack Crevalle
  • Pompano
  • Ray
  • Redfish
  • Shark (Blacktip)
  • Shark (Bonnethead)
  • Sheepshead
  • Spanish Mackerel
  • Speckled Trout

Meet the Captain

John-Mark Fortner
Galveston, Texas, United States
7 Fishing Reports
ID & license verified
69 Customer reviews
Response time within an hour
Member since August 2023
Angler's Choice
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I started fishing when I was about 14 years old and after that first fishing trip, you couldn't keep me from the water. I have a passion for nature and all the creatures in it. I always get asked about catches that I have had and I enjoy talking about them but the ones that stick out to me the most are the ones that I've given to others. I love watching the pure joy someone gets from catching a giant.

About this listing

Targeted species

Black Drum Black Drum
Catfish Catfish
Flounder Flounder
Jack Crevalle Jack Crevalle

Boat specs

Sportsman (Center console) originally built in 2018. Powered by a 300HP Yamaha engine, with a maximum cruising speed of 45 knots.

Length
24 ft
Capacity
6 persons

Types of fishing

Inshore Fishing
Nearshore Fishing
Wreck Fishing

Fishing techniques

Light Tackle
Heavy Tackle
Bottom Fishing
Spinning
Popping
Drift Fishing

Amenities

Toilet
There is an enclosed restroom on the boat.
GPS
Fishfinder
Live Bait Well
Multimedia System
Bluetooth Compatable Stereo System
Wireless Trolling Motor

Trip includes

Rods, reels & tackle
Live Bait
Live and or dead bait is included.
Catch cleaning & filleting
If you choose to keep your catch then it will cleaned and bagged at no charge.

Cancellation policy

Free cancellation up to 3 days prior to trip

You can cancel or modify your booking up to 3 days before the trip date, free of charge. If you cancel or modify your booking later, or fail to show up, you'll forfeit 100% of what you've paid.

Listing policies

Pickup not included
Transfer to/from departure site is not included in trip rates.
Child Friendly
There is no age requirement as long as there is a guardian. I love kids and enjoy putting them on fish.
You Keep Catch
Catch and Release Allowed

Payment

Pay online in full

Pay online in full through FishingBooker and save on credit card fees at the dock.

No additional fees.
Book with 20% deposit, pay rest to captain

When the captain confirms your trip, FishingBooker charges your credit card a 20% 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
When paying the remaining balance with a credit card, an additional 4% charge will apply.

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