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 of age 10 and above 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 spinning, popping, 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 wade fishing 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.

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
    5 Hour Trip (AM)
    FREE Cancellation 14 days notice
    5 Hour Trip, starts at 6:30 AM
    Seasonal trip (Fri, Sat, Sun)
    $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. Cashapp, Zelle, Applepay, Venmo accepted
  • Private trip
    5 Hour Trip (PM)
    FREE Cancellation 14 days notice
    5 Hour Trip, starts at 12:30 PM
    $400
    This five-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, 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. Cashapp, Zelle, Applepay, Venmo accepted
  • Private trip
    5 Hour Trip – Private
    FREE Cancellation 14 days notice
    5 Hour Trip, starts at 6:30 AM
    $450
    This five-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, 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.
  • Private trip
    5 Hour Trip – Wade Fishing
    FREE Cancellation 14 days notice
    5 Hour Trip, starts at 6:45 AM
    Seasonal trip Jul 1 - Dec 1
    $450
    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.
  • Private trip
    7 Hour Trip – Private
    In demand! Last booked: 4 days ago
    FREE Cancellation 14 days notice
    7 Hour Trip, starts at 6:30 AM
    $550
    This is a private trip for up to 4 people. Enjoy fishing Matagorda Bays on a 24' boat. You'll be targeting Redfish, Speckled Trout, and Flounder. One quart of live shrimp is provided if available. If your party wants more, there is an additional charge.
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About the Captain

Chad Kraft
Matagorda, Texas, United States
ID & License verified
231 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 for more than 30 years. 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
Sheepshead Sheepshead

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
Reef 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 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 included in price
Transfer from hotels or jetties in Matagorda to departure site is available and included in trip rates.
Child Friendly
Age 10 and above
You Keep Catch
Crew Keeps 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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Customer reviews

Rating Summary
Excellent
4.9 / 5
out of 5 stars from 231 reviews
Boat
Excellent
4.8 / 5
Crew
Excellent
4.9 / 5
Experience
Excellent
4.9 / 5
Photos & videos by reviewers (213)
Full Day Trip
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Angler Rating
205
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Anglers Claimed
Good experience
97%
Friendly captain
100%
Recommend this charter
97%
Appropriate for children
97%
Satisfied with the boat
98%
Catch intended fish
91%
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DJENADI L. G.
Houston, TX
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Experience:
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Boat
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Crew
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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What a great experience 🤩🤩🤩🤩🤩

VERIFIED   5 Hour Trip (PM) on December 27, 2021
My husband booked our fishing trip with Captain Chappy as my Christmas present this year and boy was it a complete success!!!...
DJENADI L. G. recommends Shallowrun Guide Service
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Henry F.
Houston, TX
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Experience:
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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Excellent
5.0 / 5
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Day trip with Capt Chad

VERIFIED   7 Hour Trip – Private on July 1, 2022
Delayed start by 2+hrs due to heavy storm which moved offshore and sat   Fished inland channels off W Matagorda Bay.  Caught...
Henry F. recommends Shallowrun Guide Service
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Wade J.
Manvel, Texas
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Experience:
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Boat
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Crew
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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Full Day Trip

VERIFIED   NEW  7 Hour Trip – Private on November 12, 2022
Awesome day with Captain Chad. Excellent guide. Dedicated, friendly and knowledgeable! Highly recommend. Tough day with high...
Wade J. recommends Shallowrun Guide Service
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Allen M.
Keller, TX
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Experience:
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Boat
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Crew
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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Half Day Trip Matagorda with Captain Chad

VERIFIED   5 Hour Trip (PM) on July 22, 2022
We had a great time. Chad is the best guide. Keeps the conversation lively. Let’s you know what you need to do to try and...
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Joseph C.
Spring, TX
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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5.0 / 5
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5.0 / 5
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Half day trip w/Capt Chad

VERIFIED   5 Hour Trip – Private on August 27, 2022
Our party caught two over slot reds which was great, but weather conditions were tough and bite was off, so those were the...
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FAQs about Shallowrun Guide Service

Shallowrun Guide Service offers the following trips to customers:
  • $165 per person - 5 Hour Trip (AM) (5 hours)
  • $400 per group, additional $50 per person after 3 guests - 5 Hour Trip (PM) (5 hours)
  • $450 per group, additional $50 per person after 3 guests - 5 Hour Trip – Private (5 hours)
  • $450 per group, additional $50 per person after 3 guests - 5 Hour Trip – Wade Fishing (5 hours)
  • $550 per group - 7 Hour Trip – Private (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
  • Reef 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
  • Sheepshead
  • Spotted Seatrout