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Top Fishing Charters in Surfside Beach

Fishing in Surfside Beach

Head down to the “Lone Star State” and get ready to experience the five-star fishing in Surfside Beach, TX! With direct access to the Gulf of Mexico’s deep blue waters, “Surfside” is the perfect starting point for anglers looking to travel to the famous canyons that lie further offshore. And that’s not all – if you’re more of an inshore fisherman, you have the famous Galveston Bay complex just a stone’s throw to the east, too. All you need to do is decide where you want to go, and what you want to hook!
 

Which trip is best for me?

Bay fishing

If you’re drawn in by wild backcountry waters, grassy flats, and seriously tasty species, then make sure you head straight to Galveston Bay. Charters departing from Surfside Beach will usually take you along the West Bay, where you’ll find the much-loved Texan trio of Redfish, Speckled Trout, and Flounder. 
 
These fish make for excellent table fare, are fun to catch, and can be found throughout the bay year round. It’s easy to see why they’re a local favorite. Newbies and families with little ones can opt for a half day trip and fill the boat with some delicious dinner options. More experienced? Spend a full day exploring the entire Galveston Bay complex and test your skills against bull Reds and trophy Trout. You may even encounter a Shark or two!
 

Gulf fishing

Surfside Beach lies along Texas’s Gulf Coast, so it’s no surprise that one of the main reasons anglers flock to this location is because of its excellent bluewater fishing opportunities. You’ll find plenty of charters ready and waiting to take you out to explore these waters.
 
If you’re a Red Snapper fanatic, this species can be found around the nearshore wrecks and reefs, along with Mackerel species, Grouper, notorious Shark species, and more. Newer anglers can test out their bottom fishing skills with some hands-on action, whereas hardcore fishermen can hook the trophy Red Snapper of a lifetime. Just check when the open season is!
 
It would be impossible to talk about Surfside Beach without mentioning the big game fishing that Texas is famous for. Fishermen looking to battle hard-fighting species will find plenty to whet their appetite here. Troll offshore waters for Mahi Mahi, Marlin species, and a variety of Tuna. If you’re looking to earn serious bragging rights, enquire about an overnight trip so you can hit the deep waters of The Canyons, located around 150 miles from shore.
 

How to prepare

Top-quality charters are the bread and butter of the Texas fishing scene, and captains here know exactly what their guests are looking for when it comes to their trips. You’ll be hooked up with all the fishing gear and local know-how that you need for a productive day. 
 
Bring along a fishing license, as charters throughout the Lone Star State generally won’t cover this for you. You can purchase one beforehand, and it’s a pretty simple process!
 
Surfside Beach allows you to find out why this part of Texas has remained one of the most popular fishing spots along the Gulf Coast. It may only be a small town, but the angling opportunities on offer are mighty. Come discover them for yourself!
 
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Surfside Beach Fishing Seasons

If you’re willing to brave the cold, you can start your year off in the best way, by heading to Surfside Beach for the chance to hook Black Drum and Sheepshead in the bay complex. Huge Redfish are also biting. 
 

Stick to the bays and the Gulf’s shoreline waters for the chance to hook Redfish and Sheepshead. Feeling more adventurous? Bull Reds can be hooked by the reefs, as well as Snapper species.

Huge Bull Reds are biting within the bays and the Gulf’s inshore waters. If you’re visiting during this time, book in advance – it’s Spring Break, which means charters are in high demand!

For many locals, April marks the real start of the fishing season, with Galveston Bay just brimming with Speckled Trout and Redfish. On the Gulf side, Cobia can be found nearshore, as well as Grouper and Snapper.

As the weather continues to heat up, so does the angling action. Soak up the sun as you cruise the bay for Bull Redfish, or explore the emerald green waters of the Gulf for Shark species, including Bull and Spinner.

Attention, Red Snapper fanatics: This is when the federal season opens, which means anglers traveling on federally-licensed charters can hook and keep the huge variations of this fish found in deeper offshore waters.

This is the time to visit if you’re looking to battling some world-famous big game species, with Billfish and huge Tuna lurking offshore. There are plenty of long-range charters waiting to take you to the hotspots!

Big game fishing remains hot, making this a great time to head offshore to battle Marlin, Sailfish, Tuna species, and many more. Snapper and Grouper can be hooked around the reefs, and bay fishing is plentiful, too. 

The temperatures start to drop, but Gulf fishing is still seriously productive. Nearshore, you can target Mackerel and Shark species, as well as Cobia. Bay fishing offers up Speckled Trout and Bull Reds.

The inshore waters of the bays and the Gulf are brimming with Redfish, Speckled Trout, and Flounder, with San Luis Pass being a particularly productive spot. Red Snapper continue to lurk around the reefs.

The waters may be cooling slightly, but the fishing shows no signs of slowing down, with inshore trips being particularly productive. Flounder, Specks, and Redfish can all be found in the bays.

End your year on a high note, and head to Surfside Beach to sample some incredible fishing. Flounder, Speckled Trout, and Redfish are all on offer inshore, and huge Snapper species can be hooked by the reefs.

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What People Are Saying About Surfside Beach

"half day trip with Capt Abby"

David W. fished with Texas Legend on August 6, 2019

Caught the blue water still here and the surf was the calmest I have seen it. Will be back!!!

"Half Day Trip"

Cynthia T. fished with Blue Streak Fishing Charters on June 18, 2019

I felt we were in quite capable hands with our Captain and it was a great family outing.

"Half day with capt Garrett"

Cody S. fished with Cowboy Charters- Parker on June 17, 2019

Book a trip with cowboy charters parker boat with Captain Garrett

"Boys first ocean fishing trip"

Dana P. fished with Reel Threel Charters on September 22, 2018

Bring your own equipment if rain is expected. I wish I had so boys could fish off jetty in between storms. Bug spray was a must, mosquitoes were bad.

Top Targeted Species in Surfside Beach

Redfish

Redfish

Shark (Blacktip)

Shark (Blacktip)

Speckled Trout

Speckled Trout

Cobia

Cobia

Dolphin (Mahi Mahi)

Dolphin (Mahi Mahi)

King Mackerel (Kingfish)

King Mackerel (Kingfish)

Snapper (Red)

Snapper (Red)

Spanish Mackerel

Spanish Mackerel

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