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Everything’s bigger in Texas, and Galveston fishing charters are here to prove it. Whether you’re looking to test some of the state’s finest inshore fisheries, or chase huge pelagic fish offshore, fishing in Galveston has just what you need.
 
Highlighting the inshore action are Redfish, Sheepshead, Speckled Trout, and delicious Flounder. Between these four, you’ll have your hands full no matter when you wet the line. 
 
Reds and Specks are biting year-round, but the best time to target them is during the fall. Flounder fishing is on fire from October through December. These tasty flatfish are best targeted on evening gigging trips. Don’t worry, there are plenty of expert Flounder fishing guides to show you how it’s done!
 
Galveston’s nearshore fishing charters will put you on anything from Sharks, to Cobia and Mackerel. These 6-8 hour outings typically take you several miles out around artificial reefs and long-forgotten shipwrecks. Further offshore, you’ll find Galveston’s signature species, the iconic Red Snapper. Snapper fishing trips sell out fast, so make sure you find a federally licensed guide in time!
 
For anglers looking for a true adventure, there are the bluewater offshore trips. These outings typically last from 10 to 12 hours, targeting monsters like Blackfin Tuna, Ling, and huge Amberjacks. Since the action takes place as far as a 100 miles offshore, these trips usually come with a fuel surcharge.

Rules & Regulations

Unless they’re fishing from a bank or pier in one of the Texan State Parks, anglers age 17 and older need to have a license to fish in Texas. And yes, this includes angling on a fishing charter.
 
If you’re fishing for Snapper, you’ll be glad to know that the season in Texas state waters is open year-round. However, for angling in federal waters, the season is typically limited to around 60 days in June and July.
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January

Weather can be cold, windy, and wet. But in between showers you will enjoy catching Sheepshead and Drum near the jetties and large Redfish and Drum in deeper water. 

February

February sees foggy mornings and large Redfish and Trout being caught over deeper ledges. Drum and Sheepshead are caught near the jetties and make for some great eating. 

March

Water temperatures increase and the fishing heats up just in time for Spring Break. It can be windy, but the back lakes and marshes provide protected waters full of smaller Redfish.

April

Speckled Trout and Redfish increase as the water heats up, with Sheepshead still a good catch and a good meal. Shark fishing gets exciting and Bull Reds and huge Black Drum appear.

May

Enjoy 80-degree temperatures and sunny skies. Trout and Redfish fishing is good, and you can also catch Bull, Hammerhead, Black Tip, Spinner, Sand Bar, and many more Sharks. 

June

Red Snapper season opens in Galveston! You can also try night time Flounder gigging for something different, or trolling nearshore for Kingfish, Cobia, and more.

July

Limiting out on Speckled Trout, heading offshore for Red Snapper, exploring the Gulf for Cobia and Mahi Mahi, and gigging for Flounder and Drum… July in Galveston has it all.

August

Warmer temperatures see bay fish head into deeper water. At the same time, Kingfish come closer to shore for some line-screaming action. Flounder gigging is heating up.

September

Daylight hours shorten and temperatures start to drop. Bull Redfish start to come into the bay in huge numbers to spawn, with 30-40 fish being caught in a day sometimes!

October

Bull Redfish and Trout are spawning, leading to incredible numbers of fish being caught in and near the bay. Flounder gigging is at its best - these trips book up fast in October.

November

Flounder gigging season closes. Weather conditions become unpredictable, but Speckled Trout and Redfish are plentiful in the back lakes and marshes.

December

Flounder gigging season reopens and this is the best time to catch a GIANT. You can also fish the back lakes and marshes for Speckled Trout and Redfish.

Galveston Fishing Calendar

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Full day with Captain Shannon of Galveston Offshore
LaVelle V. fished with Galveston Offshore on October 15, 2021
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Talk to the captain in advance and make sure you're prepared for the weather, the time underway, and sea state. And HAVE FUN
6 hr nay trip
Michael J. fished with Fish On Charters on October 2, 2021
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Cpt Rick did a awesome Job could not ask for a better day.
Fishing inland
Jason B. fished with Fishin Addiction Charters 36' on September 23, 2021
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September can be spotty in this area depending on Temps, currents, wind and moon phase. Be sure you book with the right charter to ensure a good time. Fishing addiction definitely took care of us.
4 hr trip with capten Bryan
Jessica R. fished with Reel Men Fishing Charters on September 6, 2021
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Make sure u use the restroom before u go if u have long hair put it up wear comfortable clothing u will get splashed every now and then so be ready for that have fun!
Awesome Trip
Jose C. fished with Bite Me! Charters Galveston on August 7, 2021
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See Chad at Bite Me Charters. Pay attention to his coaching and fill the boat with fish!!!
August fishing trip
Collin S. fished with Texas Fishing Charters, LLC on August 5, 2021
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Let your Captain know exactly what you want when you board. If you want inshore for an hour or two and then shark for the rest, he’ll accommodate. Great trip!
Half-Day with Captain Zack
Hunter W. fished with Circle H Outfitters – 48' Express Cruiser on August 1, 2021
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Great time, but it gets hot. Take lots of water.
Family fishing with grace charters
Tracy M. fished with Grace Fishing Charter on July 26, 2021
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Keep open mind and trust the charter. They will put you on fish.

FAQs about Fishing Charters in Galveston

To give you an idea of how much a fishing trip in Galveston costs, the average price for a 4 hour private trip is $526, while an 8 hour private trip will cost you $818. These prices are based on trips booked on our site recently.

Prices will vary depending on trip length, fishing technique, as well as the type and size of the boat you booked. However, to give you an indication, the average boat size in Galveston is 27 ft and the most common vessel type is a Center console.

According to customer reviews, Line Check Charters, Fish N Divers, and Nautilus Charters are some of the most popular fishing charters in Galveston, Texas. Full list of top fishing charters in Galveston.

Line Check Charters, Fish N Divers, and Nautilus Charters all received great reviews from families who booked fishing trips in Galveston.

The best way to experience fishing in Galveston is to book a private charter with a licensed fishing guide. See the full list of charters available for online booking here: List of fishing charters in Galveston, Texas.

The most popular fish species you can target are Redfish, Flounder, and Black Drum. Top fishing techniques include light tackle, bottom fishing, and heavy tackle. Inshore fishing, nearshore fishing, and reef fishing are commonly offered by local guides.

Bull Redfish and Trout are spawning, leading to incredible numbers of fish being caught in and near the bay. Flounder gigging is at its best - these trips book up fast in October. Check availability for local fishing charters in Galveston.

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