Capt. Hollis Forrester’s Guide Service is run by a very passionate fisherman - Captain Hollis, who had started fishing at an early age and was influenced by his father. Fishing is in his blood, as his Great Grandfather, Grandfather, and Father were all avid fishermen, and whose footsteps he had followed in becoming a licensed captain through the United States Coast Guard. Captain Hollis will happily teach you the art of wading and drifting, which he believes are great fishing techniques for catching great trophy fish.

You will fish aboard his 25-foot Tran Cat flats boat, which was built in 2020 and has a capacity for 6 guests. It is powered by a 225 HP Yamaha engine with a maximum cruising speed of 43 knots. The boat is equipped with all the necessary safety equipment including life jackets, and has a GPS a VHF radio, and an anchoring system. You will also find an icebox on board which will preserve the freshness of your catch until you return to the shore. 

Capt. Hollis Forrester’s Guide Service will take you fishing in the Maragorda Bay Complex which consists of rich shallow waters rich with Redfish, Flounder and Speckled Trout, and a nursery for crabs, shrimp and finfish. You will be provided all the fishing gear including rods, reels, tackle, and artificial lures by Captain Hollis. You can also purchase live bait at an average cost of $20 for a quarter pound of live shrimp. You will have a livewell onboard to store your live baits.



Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    4 Hour–Summer Special Drift (MAX 2)
    In demand! Last booked: 1 day ago
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 6:30 AM
    $300
    Drift or wade fish using live or artificial bait! This is a trip for up to 2 people.
  • Private trip
    Summer Special Drift Fish - 3 MAX
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 6:30 AM
    $375
    Half day wade fishing using artificial lures I provide. Definitly the greatest trips I offer if you are wanting to see upfront action using an Arti Lure, we love it . Or your choice if you want to use live bait you can do that as well.
  • Private trip
    5 Hour Trip – Drifting (MAX 4)
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    5 Hour Trip, starts at 6:30 AM
    $440
    On this trip, you will target Flounder, Redfish, and Speckled Trout using the drifting techniques of fishing which Captain Hollis considers the best in terms of producing trophy-sized fish. Maximum of 4 anglers on this trip.
  • Private trip
    5 Hour Trip – Wade Trip (MAX 4)
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    5 Hour Trip, starts at 6:30 AM
    $450
    Wading the beautiful flats of East Matagorda Bay using artificial lures.
  • Private trip
    7 Hour Trip – Drift (MAX 3)
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    7 Hour Trip, starts at 6:30 AM
    $550
    A 7-hour drift fishing trip using artificial lures or live bait.
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About the Captain

Hollis Forrester
Bay City, Texas, United States
11 Fishing Reports
ID & License verified
10 Customer reviews
Response time within an hour
Member since October 2016
Captain Hollis Forrester is a full time fishing guide in the Matagorda Bay Complex for the past 18 years. His knowledge of the complex can assure you a great time on the water catching trophy Trout and Redfish. He is an expert with artificial lures and if your not into lures he has access to get live shrimp which is a very popular way to get Reds and Specks plus Flounder. He loves to teach kids and new comers the tactics it takes with his years of knowledge. He has grown up fishing Matagorda Bay since he was 4 years old, so yes this is his back yard. His boat is a 25' Transport SVT with a 225 Yamaha with plenty of room for a comfortable ride. For an enjoyable trip give him a shout for an experience you'll not ever forget.

About this listing

Targeted species

Flounder Flounder
Redfish Redfish
Speckled Trout Speckled Trout

Boat specs

Transport Cat SVT (Bay boat) originally built in 2020. Powered by a 225HP Yamaha SHO engine, with a maximum cruising speed of 48 knots.

Length
25 ft
Capacity
4 persons

Types of fishing

River Fishing
Inshore Fishing
Nearshore Fishing
Reef Fishing
Wreck Fishing
Flats Fishing
Backcountry Fishing

Fishing techniques

Light Tackle
Heavy Tackle
Bottom Fishing
Trolling
drift fishing
Spinning
Jigging
artificial
Popping
Fly Fishing
Drift Fishing

Amenities

GPS
Fishfinder
Live Bait Well
Wireless Trolling Motor
Ice Box
Life Jackets

Trip includes

Rods, reels & tackle
Live Bait
Client pays cash for the live bait on our way out
Lures
Catch cleaning & filleting

Cancellation policy

Free cancellation up to 7 days prior to trip

Customers can cancel or modify their booking up to 7 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 included in price
Transfer from hotels or jetties in Bay City to departure site is available and included in trip rates.
Child Friendly
All children are welcome !!
You Keep Catch
I clean the fish also
Catch and Release Allowed
Disabled Accessible

Payment

Book with 30% deposit, pay rest to captain

When the captain confirms your trip, FishingBooker charges your credit card a 30% 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
PayPal
Checks
When paying the remaining balance with a credit card, an additional 1.5% charge will apply.

Recent Fishing Reports

Staying On the Trout and Reds Has Been A
Staying On the Trout and Reds Has Been A
July 22, 2022
Definitly the fun has continued all summer with both Trout Redfish and Flounder. This Week has been mostly Speckled Trout With Good Limits and some very healthy fat fish.
Big and Red
Big and Red
July 15, 2022
Many Many Big Redfish while drifting the Bay the past half month and I definitly suspect It'll continue that way with all the bait in the bay, Wonderful Days!

Customer reviews

Rating Summary
Excellent
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Crew
Excellent
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Experience
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Half day trip with Capt Hollis
Half day trip with Capt Hollis
Kid tournament with Captain Hollis
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Friendly captain
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Appropriate for children
100%
Satisfied with the boat
100%
Catch intended fish
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Chris R.
Houston, TX
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Great trip

VERIFIED   NEW  Summer Special Drift Fish - 3 MAX on July 27, 2022
Great time and lots of catching.
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Will B.
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Kid tournament with Captain Hollis

October 13, 2019
We went out with Captain Hollis and he was very accommodating for what we were doing and made the kids tournament fishing a...
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Heather C.
Dickinson, Texas
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Memorial Day Reds!!!!

5 Hour Trip – Drifting (MAX 4) on May 27, 2019
We did a half-day with Captain Hollis on Memorial Day & our very first catch of the day was a massive Red Fish. It was our...
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Connie J.
Alvin, Texas
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Full day trip

5 Hour Trip – Drifting (MAX 4) on November 16, 2019
My trip was a great experience, very professional and Capt. Forrester was very knowledgeable of his profession.  Capt. Forrester...
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Jeff D.
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SEARCHING FOR THAT ONE BIG BITE

Full Day Wading - 4 MAX on January 15, 2017
Captain Hollis and I were fishing for big trout. We were in search of that one big thump. Everything situation was ideal (water,...
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FAQs about Capt Hollis Forrester Guide Service

Capt Hollis Forrester Guide Service offers the following trips to customers:
  • $300 per group - 4 Hour–Summer Special Drift (MAX 2) (4 hours)
  • $375 per group - Summer Special Drift Fish - 3 MAX (4 hours)
  • $440 per group - 5 Hour Trip – Drifting (MAX 4) (5 hours)
  • $450 per group - 5 Hour Trip – Wade Trip (MAX 4) (5 hours)
  • $550 per group - 7 Hour Trip – Drift (MAX 3) (7 hours)

When you book a trip with Capt Hollis Forrester Guide Service, you can expect the following amenities onboard:
  • GPS
  • Fishfinder
  • Live Bait Well
  • Wireless Trolling Motor
  • Ice Box
  • Life Jackets

Trips booked with Capt Hollis Forrester Guide Service include:
  • Rods, reels & tackle
  • Live Bait (Client pays cash for the live bait on our way out )
  • Lures
  • Catch cleaning & filleting

Capt Hollis Forrester Guide Service offers the following types of fishing:
  • River Fishing
  • Inshore Fishing
  • Nearshore Fishing
  • Reef Fishing
  • Wreck Fishing
  • Flats Fishing
  • Backcountry Fishing

Capt Hollis Forrester Guide Service offers the following fishing techniques:
  • Light Tackle
  • Heavy Tackle
  • Bottom Fishing
  • Trolling (drift fishing)
  • Spinning
  • Jigging (artificial )
  • Popping
  • Fly Fishing
  • Drift Fishing

Top targeted fish species with Capt Hollis Forrester Guide Service include:
  • Flounder
  • Redfish
  • Speckled Trout