Shallowrun Guide Service

Book a trip with Shallowrun Guide Service and come explore the waters of Matagorda Bay, Texas. With a lifetime of fishing experience, Captain Chad works hard to provide his customers with service that is second to none. You will find him on Matagorda Bay fishing every day of the week – join him and bring home a catch to remember!

Step aboard a 24’ Transport SVT. Powered by a brand new 300 HP Suzuki engine, this craft boasts a maximum cruising speed of 45 knots. Her sleek design allows you to navigate inshore waters with ease. There’s room on board for up to 4 passengers and children are welcome to hop aboard.

Capt. Chad fishes both the east and west Matagorda bays, allowing you to experience this magnificent bay complex to the fullest. Here you can chase after the Texas Trio of Redfish, Speckled Trout, and Flounder. A variety of other popular fish inhabits these waters, too, such as Sheepshead, Black Drum, and small sharks.

While fishing Matagorda Bay, you will have a chance to try various methods such as fly fishing, wadefishing, and drift fishing. Capt. Chad supplies top-of-the-line gear, including Shimano or Penn reels matched with medium to light action rods. Fly fishermen are welcome to bring their own gear for some great fly fishing action, as well. You may also have a chance to go offshore on good weather days. Fishing the jetties and surf are always an option in these waters.

Capt. Chappy’s Shallowrun Fishing Adventures provides bait (1 quart) and all the gear you need. Just be sure to bring a Texas state fishing license with a Red Drum tag. You are welcome to keep your catch.

If looking to relax and explore the historical waters of Matagorda, the now available “EcoTour-Crabtrap Cruise” trip is for you.
These trips will be offered in warmer months and consist of cruising the bays and checking out the abundant wildlife and stunning views.

Come aboard and spend the day on Matagorda Bay fishing for some of the most sought-after game fish in Texas!



Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Shared trip
    Fishing 5 Hour Shared Trip
    FREE Cancellation 14 days notice
    5 Hour Trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    Seasonal trip (Sat, Sun)
    US $330
    This 5 hour shared trip gives you a chance to fish an amazing bay complex, guided by a passionate and experienced captain. You can catch a variety of species such as Redfish, Black Drum, Sheepshead, and more. Capt. Chad fishes daily in both east and west Matagorda bays. He provides quality tackle, all you have to bring is a Texas state fishing license. *****Note: one pint of live shrimp is included. If your party wants more, then there are additional charges. This is a SHARED trip. Other people will join
    Targeted fish
    Snook
    Snook
    Snapper (Mangrove)
    Mangrove Snapper
    Black Drum
    Black Drum
    Redfish
    Redfish
    Spotted Seatrout
    Spotted Seatrout
    Shark (Blacktip)
    Blacktip Shark
    Tripletail
    Tripletail
    Flounder
    Flounder
    Sheepshead
    Sheepshead
  • Private trip
    Fishing 5 Hour Trip – (AM)
    FREE Cancellation 14 days notice
    5 Hour Trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    US $450
    This five-hour morning trip gives you a chance to fish an amazing bay complex, guided by a passionate and experienced captain. You can catch a variety of species such as Redfish, Black Drum, Speckled Trout, and more. Capt. Chad fishes daily in both east and west Matagorda bays. He provides quality tackle, all you have to bring is a Texas state fishing license. Note: one quart of live shrimp is provided if available. If your party wants more, there is an additional charge.
    Targeted fish
    Black Drum
    Black Drum
    Redfish
    Redfish
    Spotted Seatrout
    Spotted Seatrout
    Shark (Blacktip)
    Blacktip Shark
    Flounder
    Flounder
    Sheepshead
    Sheepshead
  • Private trip
    Fishing 5 Hour Trip (PM)
    In demand! Last booked: 1 day ago
    FREE Cancellation 14 days notice
    5 Hour Trip, starts at 1:00 PM
    US $450
    This five-hour afternoon trip gives you a chance to fish an amazing bay complex, guided by a passionate and experienced captain. You can catch a variety of species such as Redfish, Black Drum, Sheepshead, and more. Capt. Chad fishes daily in both east and west Matagorda bays. He provides quality tackle, all you have to bring is a Texas state fishing license. Note: one quart of live shrimp is provided if available. If your party wants more, there is an additional charge. Start time may change
    Targeted fish
    Black Drum
    Black Drum
    Redfish
    Redfish
    Spotted Seatrout
    Spotted Seatrout
    Flounder
    Flounder
    Sheepshead
    Sheepshead
  • Private trip
    5 Hour Trip – Wade Fishing
    FREE Cancellation 14 days notice
    5 Hour Trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    Seasonal trip Jul 1 - Nov 7
    US $470
    A 5-hour wade fishing trip. Wade fishing gear needed, no gear provided. Bring your fishing gear and fishing pole and let's go wade Matagorda Bay. Live bait costs extra. Fishing pole required
    Targeted fish
    Redfish
    Redfish
    Spotted Seatrout
    Spotted Seatrout
    Flounder
    Flounder
  • Private trip
    EcoTour-Crabtrap Cruise
    FREE Cancellation 14 days notice
    3 Hour Trip, starts at 1:45 PM
    Seasonal trip Mar 1 - Nov 30
    US $560
    Wanting to relax and explore the historical waters of Matagorda? These trips consist of cruising the bays and checking my prebaited crabtraps. Bring the family (5max) and be ready to catch some amazing pictures. Our ecosystem boasts an exceptional avian biodiversity and abundant wildlife. This is a chance to see dolphins, bald eagles and alligators. No fishing. Observe only trip. We will check 3 baited and set traps, set out the night before your trip to hopefully ensure a catch of blue crabs.
    Targeted fish
    Crab
    Crab
  • Private trip
    Fishing 7 Hour Trip
    In demand! Last booked: 6 days ago
    FREE Cancellation 14 days notice
    7 Hour Trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    US $575
    This is a private trip for up to 4 people. Enjoy fishing Matagorda Bays on a 24' boat. This 7 hour trip gives you a chance to fish an amazing bay complex, guided by a passionate and experienced captain. You can catch a variety of species such as Redfish, Black Drum, Trout, Sheepshead, and more. Capt. Chad fishes daily in both east and west Matagorda bays. One quart of live shrimp is provided if available. If your party wants more, there is an additional charge.
    Targeted fish
    Black Drum
    Black Drum
    Redfish
    Redfish
    Spotted Seatrout
    Spotted Seatrout
    Shark (Blacktip)
    Blacktip Shark
    Flounder
    Flounder
    Sheepshead
    Sheepshead
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FAQs about Shallowrun Guide Service

Shallowrun Guide Service offers the following trips to customers:
  • US $165 per person - Fishing 5 Hour Shared Trip (5 hours)
  • US $450 per group, additional US $50 per person after 3 guests - Fishing 5 Hour Trip – (AM) (5 hours)
  • US $450 per group, additional US $50 per person after 3 guests - Fishing 5 Hour Trip (PM) (5 hours)
  • US $470 per group, additional US $50 per person after 3 guests - 5 Hour Trip – Wade Fishing (5 hours)
  • US $560 per group - EcoTour-Crabtrap Cruise (3 hours)
  • US $575 per group - Fishing 7 Hour Trip (7 hours)

When you book a trip with Shallowrun Guide Service, you can expect the following amenities onboard:
  • GPS
  • Fishfinder
  • Live Bait Well
  • Wireless Trolling Motor
  • Ice Box
  • Radar

Trips booked with Shallowrun Guide Service include:
  • Rods, reels & tackle
  • Live Bait (Shrimp when available. 1 quart)
  • Lures
  • Catch cleaning & filleting (Help is appreciated )

Shallowrun Guide Service offers the following types of fishing:
  • River Fishing
  • Lake Fishing
  • Inshore Fishing
  • Nearshore Fishing
  • Offshore Fishing
  • Reef Fishing
  • Wreck Fishing
  • Flats Fishing
  • Backcountry Fishing

Shallowrun Guide Service offers the following fishing techniques:
  • Light Tackle
  • Bottom Fishing
  • Spinning
  • Jigging
  • Popping
  • Fly Fishing (BYO fly gear)
  • Drift Fishing

Top targeted fish species with Shallowrun Guide Service include:
  • Black Drum
  • Flounder
  • Redfish
  • Shark (Blacktip)
  • Sheepshead
  • Speckled Trout
  • Spotted Seatrout
  • Tripletail

Meet the Captain

Chad Kraft
Matagorda, Texas, United States
ID & license verified
278 Customer reviews
Response time within an hour
Member since November 2017
Angler's Choice
The Angler's Choice Award is given to listings that consistently deliver a high-quality service and earn great reviews from customers.
Captain Chad has been fishing the waters of Matagorda his whole life. You will find him on the water seven days a week. He offers his customers affordable rates and top-notch service.

About this listing

Targeted species

Black Drum Black Drum
Flounder Flounder
Redfish Redfish
Shark (Blacktip) Blacktip Shark

Boat specs

Transport Cat 240 SVT (Center console) originally built in 2013. Powered by a 300HP Brand New Suzuki engine, with a maximum cruising speed of 44 knots.

Length
24 ft
Capacity
4 persons

Types of fishing

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

Fishing techniques

Light Tackle
Bottom Fishing
Spinning
Jigging
Popping
Fly Fishing
BYO fly gear
Drift Fishing

Amenities

GPS
Fishfinder
Live Bait Well
Wireless Trolling Motor
Ice Box
Radar

Trip includes

Rods, reels & tackle
Live Bait
Shrimp when available. 1 quart
Lures
Catch cleaning & filleting
Help is appreciated

Cancellation policy

Free cancellation up to 14 days prior to trip

You can cancel or modify your booking up to 14 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 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
Age 6 and above
You Keep Catch
Catch and Release Allowed

Payment

Book with 10% deposit, pay rest to captain

When the captain confirms your trip, FishingBooker charges your credit card a 10% 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
When paying the remaining balance with a credit card, an additional 2.5% charge will apply.

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