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The Gulf of Mexico is an angling mecca, with legendary waters that are home to plenty of world-famous nearshore, inshore, and offshore fish species. Even better? With Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, and Florida all providing access to its waters, there’s a whopping number of Gulf of Mexico fishing charters to choose from. 
 
When it comes to inshore fishing, the Gulf’s coastal waters are legendary. They’re home to Redfish, Speckled Trout, Flounder, Jack Crevalle, Snook, Tarpon, and many more, and you’ll be able to cast a line year-round. There’s plenty of action in the Gulf’s shallows, bays, and estuaries to fill up a full day trip, and a half day trip is the perfect introduction to angling for new anglers.
 
The Gulf is peppered with artificial reefs, some located just a mile from shore. You’ll be able to reef hop for Grouper and Snapper, Kingfish, Cobia, Amberjack, and Barracuda. Departing from an area located near the continental shelf, such as the Florida Panhandle? You can hit the reefs on a half day trip. A full day trip is necessary when fishing from locations that are further away.
 
Finally, there’s the Gulf’s deep sea fishing action. As well as the reefs that lie hundreds of miles from shore, these waters are also dotted with oil rigs and underwater canyons. And what lurks there? Feisty big game fish! Head out on a full day trip and you’ll encounter Mahi Mahi, Marlin varieties, Wahoo, Sailfish, and Tuna species. 
 
You’ll find charters located all along the Gulf’s coastline, no matter which state you’re in. Some of the most popular locations include Destin, FL, Orange Beach, AL, Biloxi, MS, Venice, LA, and Galveston, TX. 
 

Rules & Regulations

Casting a line from a Gulf of Mexico fishing charter means that your license will usually be covered for you, except in Texas, where you’ll need to purchase one yourself. Size and bag limits for specific species differ from state to state, and your captain can fill you in on this. 
 
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January

It may be the dead of winter, but the inshore waters of the Gulf are looking lively! You can enjoy some of the best Speckled Trout and Sheepshead fishing of the year in Texas and Alabama.

February

Fishing inshore in any Gulf-side state for Redfish, Speckled Trout, Sheepshead and other species will keep you busy until the weather is fair enough to head offshore!

March

Cobia are beginning to appear off the coast of Florida, which means one thing: sight fishing! The season for Grouper and Triggerfish is now open in federal waters.

April

More anglers are heading offshore as large predatory fish start showing up. Wahoo and Blackfin Tuna are already at their peak in some areas, and you have a good chance of catching Mahi and Sailfish.

May

Deep sea fishing in the Gulf of Mexico is at its height in May. You could catch anything from Yellowfin Tuna or Mahi Mahi to monster Sharks while casting lines offshore.

June

Come June, many anglers are heading to nearshore and offshore reefs to make the most of Red Snapper season while it’s open. A day inshore will have you hooking into Flounder, Speckled Trout, and more.

July

July is tournament fishing month here in the Gulf! Take your pick of the Port Aransas Deep Sea Roundup, Grand Isle Tarpon Rodeo, or the Deep Sea Fishing Rodeos in Mississippi and Alabama.

August

All fish are typically open to harvest in federal waters this month, and most of them are at their peak! Try bottom fishing for Amberjack, Snapper, and Grouper, or troll for Marlin, Tuna, and much more.

September

Deep sea fishing continues offshore, and you can still enjoy good Tarpon fishing in some coastal waters. The Redfish bite is heating up as autumn gets underway. 

October

In Destin, Florida anglers are partaking in the Destin Fishing Rodeo, a month-long fishing tournament dating back to 1948. This annual tradition keeps visitors coming even after tourist season is over! 

November

Most big game fish have disappeared by now, but there’s plenty of action on the reefs to keep you busy! Inshore, winter favorites like Flounder and Speckled Trout are at their peak.

December

Winter fishing on the Gulf is all about reaping the rewards that swim close to home! Redfish, Speckled Trout, Black Drum, and Sheepshead will get your blood pumping on a cold winter day! 

Gulf of Mexico Fishing Calendar

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November Half day trip
Jade W. fished with Captain Hector Lopez Fishing Guide on November 26, 2021
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Bring extra layers and warm clothes if you come in the fall!!!
Half day with Capt Stephens
PHILIP H. fished with Steven's Guide Service on November 24, 2021
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Select a guide to show you around and take you to the good fishing grounds. Lots of memories will be made when you or your loved ones hook up with a bid red. Enjoy!
Half day with Captain Bryan
Joy M. fished with Sting Raye Fishing Charters, LLC on November 23, 2021
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Pick a qualified Captain who is knowledgeable and attentive- captain Bryan (sting ray)
Awesome Crew and Memorable Fishing Experience for our family and friends.
Scott L. fished with Time Off Fishing Charter on November 22, 2021
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Great fishing experience for our family and very knowledgeable of the area and fishing spots. We had a awesome time.
Great half day with Capt Bobby
Larry D. fished with Gulfcoast-Fishing Charters on November 19, 2021
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Seek out local Captain with good reviews.
Fishing day with Capt Tony
Xavier Z. fished with Capt. Tony Gonzalez Inshore Fishing on November 15, 2021
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Don’t overthink your trip. Keep it simple.
3/4 day trip
David S. fished with Reel Therapy Fishing Charters on November 15, 2021
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Just ask your captain to put you on fish. Every fish is fun to catch.
Fantastic trip
Shannon F. fished with Westbound Sportfishing on November 13, 2021
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November is chilly. Layer your clothing.

FAQs about Fishing Charters in Gulf of Mexico

To give you an idea of how much a fishing trip in Gulf of Mexico costs, the average price for a 4 hour private trip is $560, while an 8 hour private trip will cost you $1,030. 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 Gulf of Mexico is 26 ft and the most common vessel type is a Center console.

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The best way to experience fishing in Gulf of Mexico 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 Gulf of Mexico.

The most popular fish species you can target are Redfish, Snapper (Mangrove), and Cobia. Top fishing techniques include light tackle, bottom fishing, and spinning. Inshore fishing, nearshore fishing, and reef fishing are commonly offered by local guides.

Most big game fish have disappeared by now, but there’s plenty of action on the reefs to keep you busy! Inshore, winter favorites like Flounder and Speckled Trout are at their peak. Check availability for local fishing charters in Gulf of Mexico.