Gar Getters - Big Fish Bowfishing

Based in South Texas not far from Houston, Big Fish Bowfishing Texas AKA the Gar Getters offers you the chance to catch your very own freshwater river monster.

You will be fishing aboard a custom built boat that can comfortably hold up to eight people and is equipped with all the gear you need to land a multiple-foot-long giant. Both right and left handed reels are available on board, allowing everyone to fish to the best of their ability.

Catching a giant Alligator Gar on rod and reel is not easy, and experienced anglers appreciate the challenge it poses them. At the same time, those with less experience are always grateful for the support and advice captain Mark gives them, making their dream of reeling in a giant come true. Bowfishing equipment is also available for those who want to combine archery with catching fish.

Relax as you peruse the beautiful waterways of Texas waiting for the fish to bite, and then feel the thrill of reeling in a monster at the end of your line. Your trip will be led by expert guide Mark Malfa, who fishes for Gar professionally and has been targeting the species for 35 years. Putting people on fish is his full-time job, and he knows all the best areas to target the fish, including Choke Canyon, Frio River, Nueces River, Falcon Lake, Amistad Lake and multiple other areas that make up his collection of secret hotspots.

Whether you want to fish with rod and reel or a bow, Mark will make sure your day with him is truly unforgettable.

Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    Full Day Trip – Bowfishing
      FREE Cancelation 14 days notice
    8 hours trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    up to 4 persons
    + $200
    each additional person
    You don't get many bigger freshwater fish than Alligator Gar. Follow these beasts all around Texas and search for that trophy-sized fish to catch with a bow. This thrilling, ancient, and hands-on way of catching a fish is proven to be incredibly effective, and it will give you the chance to perfect your aim. With an expert guide, you'll go after these monsters from sweet spot to sweeter spot, all the while with the pulses racing.
  • Private trip
    Full Day Trip – Rod & Reel (MAX 5)
      FREE Cancelation 14 days notice
    8 hours trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    up to 3 persons
    + $100
    each additional person
    Get ready to get the pulses racing as you do battle with some of the largest freshwater fish around. Battling it out with an Alligator Gar on a rod and reel is definitely not for the faint of heart. Use all your strength to reel in these monsters and take a picture with your prized catch. Like nothing you've ever seen before, these beasts will leave you gobsmacked, let alone out of breath following a long, intense battle to get them to the boat.

About the Captain

Mark Malfa
Hockley, Texas, United States
Response time 15 hours
Member since July 2016
Mark Malfa is frequently referred to as THE expert in Alligator Gar fishing. Having caught his first Gar at the age of 11 on a rake handle, he has been fishing for the species for 35 years. Since that time he and his clients have caught more Alligator Gar than he can remember, with multiple 200 lb plus specimens caught from his boat. Mark has probably caught more giant Gar from a greater variety of places and for a longer period of time than any other single Gar guide in the state, yet still he be proud to take you out in search of this prehistoric dinosaur that still roams the rivers of Texas - the Alligator Gar!

About this listing

Targeted Species

Alligator Gar

Boat Specs

Custom Boat (Aluminum fishing) originally built in 2014. Powered by a 150HP Evinrude engine.

21 ft
8 persons

Types of Fishing

River Fishing
Lake Fishing
Inshore Fishing
Nearshore Fishing

Fishing Techniques

Heavy Tackle
Bottom Fishing
Fly Fishing


Life Jackets
Ice Box
Life Jackets
Ice Box

Trip Includes

Rods, reels & tackle
Live Bait


FREE Cancelation
You can cancel or reschedule your booking up to 14 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 not included
Transfer to/from departure site is not included in trip rates.
Child Friendly
Catch and Release Allowed


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