San Luis Pass

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A San Luis Pass fishing experience is the perfect option for adventurers who are looking to explore a world-famous and unique fishery. All you need to do is head to Texas’s upper coast and get ready to witness what happens when Galveston’s bay complex meets the Gulf. Here’s a clue: it involves some seriously incredible angling action! 

What can I expect?

This small, skinny passage allows the waters of the Gulf and the West Bay to pass back and forth, which means that you’ll be able to target a unique variety of species around the pass. The Texan trifecta of Redfish, Speckled Trout, and Flounder thrive here, as well as Spanish Mackerel, Drum, Tarpon, various Sharks, and plenty more. You’ll be able to hook these fish on both the bay and Gulf sides of the pass, with the east and west shores being equally plentiful.
Like most inlets and passes, the waters of San Luis Pass can be unpredictable, so you should take precautions when you head out on your adventure. One of the best ways you can do this is by traveling with an experienced charter captain who knows the area well. With Galveston, Galveston Island, Freeport, and Surfside Beach all located nearby, you’ll have plenty of options to choose from, with trips suitable for newbies and experienced anglers alike.
When traveling by boat, chances are that your captain will have you fishing either the West Bay or the shoreline waters of the Gulf as you make your way to San Luis Pass. This is a great opportunity for newer anglers to learn the ropes before testing their skills in this fast-moving fishery! 
If you’d rather cut to the chase and spend all day at the pass, opt for a trip that departs from the west side’s San Luis Pass Boat Ramp. Wade fishing is also an option. If you’d prefer to hook your catch on foot, just make sure you bring along a life jacket, as the tides can change quickly.

How to prepare

Charter captains in this location have plenty of experience when it comes to providing exciting trips for their customers, and will make sure you’re “hooked up” with all the fishing gear you’ll need. Just bring along a valid saltwater fishing license and an appetite for a truly unique adventure – fishing the San Luis Pass is an experience like no other!
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San Luis Pass Fishing Seasons


Despite cooler water temperatures, you can still start your year off with a bang by heading to San Luis Pass, where you’ll find Bull Redfish and Speckled Trouts making an appearance.


Visit the pass in late February, and you’ll be greeted by huge Black Drum! Redfish and Speck fishing remains strong, and you may encounter tasty Sheepshead, too.


The Black Drum run continues through the beginning of March, and huge swarms of Spanish Mackerel enter the pass from the Gulf. Head under the bridge to target the spring Specks that gather here. 


Spring has truly sprung, and with it come some world-famous Shark species! The waters of the Gulf push Bull Sharks, Tiger Sharks, Blacktip Sharks, Hammerhead Sharks, and more into the pass.


In the 20’ waters under the bridge, you’ll find Jack Crevalle, trophy-sized Trout, and huge Shark species lurking. The bay and Gulf sides of the pass are both plentiful, with Bull Redfish being a popular catch.


This month sees anglers from far and wide flocking to the pass to take advantage of the incredible Redfish population! The warm weather brings Tarpon, Shark species, trophy Specks, and plenty of other species, too.


The pass is brimming with world-famous fish from both the bay and the Gulf: Redfish, Speckled Trout, Tarpon, Sharks, Jack Crevalle, and more are all on offer. Bull Reds and trophy Trout are especially plentiful in the bay.


If you’re looking to fish the pass now, make sure you book well in advance – the warm weather and abundance of species on offer mean that charters are in high demand! Speckled Trout, Sharks, and more are on offer.


Temperatures start to drop, but the fishing stays hot! Redfish flock in high numbers to every part of Galveston’s bay system, which means you’ll find plenty of them caught in and around the pass.

It’s spawning season for Bull Redfish and Speckled Trout, so if you want to hook yourself some tasty table fare, this is the time to visit! These fish make homes between the sandbars of the pass in huge numbers.

If you want the waters to yourself, November is a great time to test your skills at San Luis Pass. Many of the Gulf’s species have moved on, but you’ll find huge Redfish and Speckled Trout in abundance.

There’s still time to end the year in the best way! Head to the pass and get ready to hook yourself some of the biggest Bull Redfish and trophy-sized Trout that this part of Texas has to offer.

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What People Are Saying About San Luis Pass

a tough day to fish
Donald L. fished with Ultra Fishing Charters, TX Offshore Fishing on July 11, 2020
try to know the boats plan about fishing details before booking a trip
July fishing trip
Barry D. fished with Olivia J Charters on July 26, 2019
Contact Captain and ask which species of fish being targeted. Request what species you would like to fish for.
Half Day with Captain Rodney and 1st mate Ethan
Ronald N. fished with Olivia J Charters on July 20, 2019
Research your Charter Company and ask questions for best trip.
6 hour in shore fishing with Captain Terry
James B. fished with Reel Fishing Fever on July 16, 2019
Talk to the locals before you buy any equipment, you don't need as much as you think. Bring enough water.
Half day trip with Capt. Mike
Bill R. fished with Olivia J Charters on July 3, 2019
Dont over do it and drink lots of water.
7/2/19 1/2 day trip
Daniel W. fished with Olivia J Charters on July 2, 2019
It is a good time to go fishing for Red Snapper and Kings.
Full day
James A. fished with Olivia J Charters on June 28, 2019
Bring a hat, sunglasses and plenty of H2O.
Perfect Early Fathers Day Gift
Troy L. fished with Olivia J Charters on June 9, 2019
We didn't get the snapper we were looking for, but the King more than made up for it with a good bite. We were hooked up in less than 5 minutes.

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