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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.
Galveston
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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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Talk to the captain in advance and make sure you're prepared for the weather, the time underway, and sea state. And HAVE FUN
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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
LaVelle  V.
LaVelle V. OLD RVR-WNFRE, TX
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.
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
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.
Jason  B.
Jason B. Longview, TX
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!
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
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!
Jessica  R.
Jessica R. Cleveland, TX
See Chad at Bite Me Charters. Pay attention to his coaching and fill the boat with fish!!!
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
See Chad at Bite Me Charters. Pay attention to his coaching and fill the boat with fish!!!
Jose  C.
Jose C. Fort Worth, TX
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!
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
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!
Collin  S.
Collin S. Round Rock, TX
Get a guide!!! They have all the right equipment and experience to be sure you catch some great fish.
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
Get a guide!!! They have all the right equipment and experience to be sure you catch some great fish.
Heather  H.
Heather H. St Louis, Missouri
Definitely give it a shot. Always remember to make memories. Oh yeah. And catch fish!!
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
Definitely give it a shot. Always remember to make memories. Oh yeah. And catch fish!!
Charlie  C.
Charlie C. BTLMT MESA, CO
Go out with an experienced operator who can put you om the fish like Line Check Charters.
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
Go out with an experienced operator who can put you om the fish like Line Check Charters.
Mark  S.
Mark S. Brookfield, WI
Early season can be tough but fishing can still be fun with a good guide and a little luck.
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Early season can be tough but fishing can still be fun with a good guide and a little luck.
Mike  T.
Mike T. United States
Watch the weather. It was really windy and the wind had the water all churned up and muddy. Fish were not biting as well as they maybe would have otherwise.
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Watch the weather. It was really windy and the wind had the water all churned up and muddy. Fish were not biting as well as they maybe would have otherwise.
Gilbert  G.
Gilbert G. United States
I would reccomend to first timer fishers to take a fishing guide trip or go to a fishing pier and ask plenty of questions! Its the ocean, much different than fresh water. Its good to be informed!
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
I would reccomend to first timer fishers to take a fishing guide trip or go to a fishing pier and ask plenty of questions! Its the ocean, much different than fresh water. Its good to be informed!
Destiny  E.
Destiny E. Maple Heights, Ohio
Book a fishing trip with Captain Shannon. We had a wonderful and exciting time. We definitely would book again.
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Book a fishing trip with Captain Shannon. We had a wonderful and exciting time. We definitely would book again.
David  J.
David J. Austin, TX
we were after flounder and we got them - - we will be fishing the Galveston waters again for sure
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we were after flounder and we got them - - we will be fishing the Galveston waters again for sure
Charles  D.
Charles D. Abingdon, IL
We waited and booked when we knew the water and weather were good. Very kid friendly and we learned a lot about the fishing. I would book again. My boy will remember his big catch for the rest of his life.
4.7 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
We waited and booked when we knew the water and weather were good. Very kid friendly and we learned a lot about the fishing. I would book again. My boy will remember his big catch for the rest of his life.
Robert  B.
Robert B. Houston, TX
windy mostly....so ...those who dont like rough water... use motion sickness meds...took 2 fishing trips in rough an smooth water...an had lots of sick fisherman...
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windy mostly....so ...those who dont like rough water... use motion sickness meds...took 2 fishing trips in rough an smooth water...an had lots of sick fisherman...
Jack  B.
Jack B. Sumner, TX
The largest Guide service is not always the best. July weather is unpredictable be patient and let the Captain take you to the action.
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The largest Guide service is not always the best. July weather is unpredictable be patient and let the Captain take you to the action.
Toby  D.
Toby D. Seagoville, TX
Talk to the locals before you buy any equipment, you don't need as much as you think. Bring enough water.
4.7 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
Talk to the locals before you buy any equipment, you don't need as much as you think. Bring enough water.
James  B.
James B. De Pere, WI
Check on the weather , if you like it hot go for it. It is muggy here in July for sure. We had a good fun experience fishing.
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Check on the weather , if you like it hot go for it. It is muggy here in July for sure. We had a good fun experience fishing.
Clarence  L.
Clarence L. Houston, TX
Snapper, kingfish..offshore..about an hour ride Trout, redfish..inshore..about 30min ride to jettys
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Snapper, kingfish..offshore..about an hour ride Trout, redfish..inshore..about 30min ride to jettys
Chris  K.
Chris K. Venus, TX
Just listen to what the Captain has to say. He knows what he is doing and will get you what you came fishing for!!! AWESOME EXPERIENCE!!
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
Just listen to what the Captain has to say. He knows what he is doing and will get you what you came fishing for!!! AWESOME EXPERIENCE!!
Eddie  R.
Eddie R. Corsicana, Texas

Bravo Zulu Fishing Charters
Bravo Zulu Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in Galveston
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 63 reviews
CPT Rene is magical. So on it! Kind, customer service oriented, and the best fish scout I have ever experienced. There is no other Captain like him. We originally chose him because he's a combat veteran. We will stay with him very loyally because he's the expert in the business. You will not find another like him in the industry. Great boat as well. This was the trip of our lives. Thanks CPT Rene! :-D
Scott  G.
Scott G. Littleton, CO
Galveston Offshore
Galveston Offshore
Fishing charter in Galveston
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 461 reviews
Captain Shannon knows exactly what he’s going. He had us on fish in no time at all. From fishing the Great Lakes and Florida this is the best fishing I’ve had yet. I will definitely use him again.
John  T.
John T. Dagus Mines, PA
Galveston Offshore
Galveston Offshore
Fishing charter in Galveston
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 461 reviews
Took my father in law on a surprise trip. Captain Shannon was great. Very friendly and helpful. Highly recommend captain Shannon
Tim  K.
Tim K. Hockley, TX
Galveston Offshore
Galveston Offshore
Fishing charter in Galveston
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 461 reviews
We had a great time . Caught many red fish . Shannon was great we will definitely use him again.
Matthew  B.
Matthew B. Lovelady, TX
Nautilus Charters
Nautilus Charters
Fishing charter in Galveston
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 119 reviews
This was an amazing fishing trip! Worth every penny with memories of a lifetime! Went after those big bull reds and caught our limit! These fish are so fun to catch and Captain Matt was a terrific captain! If you get the chance you won't be disappointed!
Lori  P.
Lori P. East Tawakoni, TX
Badlands Fishing Charters
Badlands Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in Galveston
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 16 reviews
This was such an amazing trip! We had such a great time and Captain Dakota knew where all the best spots were!! Caught the biggest Red fish of my life with him today!!
Hunter  M.
Hunter M. Austin, TX
Texas Fishing Charters, LLC
Texas Fishing Charters, LLC
Fishing charter in Galveston
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 118 reviews
We had a great time! Zach was super knowledgeable and very personable. I’ve been on several charters before and he was chatting and cutting up with us the whole time. We’ll definitely be back to charter with him again. His dad-joke game gets an A+ as well! 😉
Matthew  L.
Matthew L. Liberty Hill, TX
Reel Fishing Fever
Reel Fishing Fever
Fishing charter in Galveston
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 267 reviews
Captain Terry is Awesome! He took me around west Bay and showed me some good places to fish. I wanted him to show me around but we also caught some nice fish! Thank you Capt Terry!
Robert  I.
Robert I. Galveston, TX
Reel Men Fishing Charters
Reel Men Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in Galveston
4.7 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 160 reviews
This was our very first time of ocean fishing. I found them cause I saw the good reviews, especially with little kids, my boys are 5 and 8 yrs old. All of us got what we waited for! Two almost 40 pbs red drums and the kid got their little fish ( good enough to make them happy!) Captain Derek is cool, patient! Jake is very nice to little kids, found ways to entertain my boys in the four hours fishing trip. Highly recommend them👍🏻
DD  L.
DD L. Conroe, TX
Line Check Charters
Line Check Charters
Fishing charter in Galveston
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 486 reviews
This was our second trip with Line Check and Captain Eric. Both ended with a freezer full and blank books of tags. The man knows the bay line the back of his hand. Super professional and willing to make it work. Not enough stars.
Steve  H.
Steve H. Waco, TX
Mikes Fishing Services
Mikes Fishing Services
Fishing charter in Galveston
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 67 reviews
Captain Mike worked his tail off getting us on some good fish. We enjoyed everything about the trip, he was very knowledgeable about the area and willingly shared his knowledge. Would definitely go out with him again and would not hesitate to recommend Captain Mike.
Robert  R.
Robert R. Houston, TX
Texas Fishing Charters, LLC
Texas Fishing Charters, LLC
Fishing charter in Galveston
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 118 reviews
Captain Zach was both a very strong guide and highly entertaining. Really enjoyed our time on the water and look forward to our next trip
Andrew  B.
Andrew B. Round Rock, TX
Fish N Divers
Fish N Divers
Fishing charter in Galveston
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 221 reviews
Great trip. Did everything we had hoped for. Was a great conversation as well.
Derek  S.
Derek S. Spring, TX
Line Check Charters
Line Check Charters
Fishing charter in Galveston
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 486 reviews
I can’t say enough about how much fun we had. We caught a bunch of fish and had a time my son and I will never forget. Captain Mike and Billy were awesome we all had a good time. We had lots of questions since it was our first outing in the Gulf and they seemed happy to tell us anything we wanted to know. My son is already planning to come back as soon as possible!! We definitely have stories and memories we’ll never forget!!
Brandy  H.
Brandy H. Houston, Texas
Badlands Fishing Charters
Badlands Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in Galveston
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 16 reviews
Dakota was our captain and we had a blast. We'll definitely ask for him again. We were out for 3 hrs and never went too long without catching one.
Monica  P.
Monica P. Silsbee, TX
Nautilus Charters
Nautilus Charters
Fishing charter in Galveston
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 119 reviews
Had an amazing time with Matt, who got us on the fish in record time. He is very knowledgeable and a fun guide.. Everyone caught several fish and we boated some really nice reds. I will be coming back soon
Doug  M.
Doug M. Round Rock, TX
Line Check Charters
Line Check Charters
Fishing charter in Galveston
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 486 reviews
We had a great time catching nice fish and the crew was so accommodating and super knowledgeable. The boat was great as well!
Rita  R.
Rita R. Austin, TX
Fish N Divers
Fish N Divers
Fishing charter in Galveston
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 221 reviews
We had the best time ! My parents flew in from New York- it was my dad’s first time in Texas and he wanted to go fishing. Capt Matt took us all over Galveston harbor and the jetties. We all had such a fun experience. My dad cannot stop talking about how much fun he had and how great Capt Matt is of a person (thank you for listening to him talk and answering all his questions lol). Highly recommend!!! 10/10 would do this again. Thanks Capt Matt !!! We had a great time.
Stephanie  C.
Stephanie C. Atascocita, TX
Get the Net Fishing Charters
Get the Net Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in Galveston
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 25 reviews
Although I’m used to fishing early morning, we booked an afternoon of fishing starting at 2pm. It turned out great. Captain Bobby was right on time. He was patient with novice fishermen and we caught and released over 60 fish!
Jesse  R.
Jesse R. Lubbock, TX
Nautilus Charters
Nautilus Charters
Fishing charter in Galveston
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 119 reviews
Captain Matt took us straight to the fish. Had a great time. Will definitely go again.
Darrick  B.
Darrick B. La Porte, TX

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 $527, while an 8 hour private trip will cost you $850. 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 Badlands Fishing 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 Badlands Fishing 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.

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. Check availability for local fishing charters in Galveston.

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