Shark (Blacktip)

  • Size 5 to 8ft
  • Food Value Average
  • Game Qualities Good
  • Habitats Inshore, Nearshore

Ask anyone who’s tried it and they’ll tell you there’s nothing like the Shark fishing Galveston is known for. Blacktip Sharks are by far the most numerous species in these waters, and one of the tastiest, too. Many say the best time to cast a line for these brutes is between May and September, anywhere from the shallow waters to the oil rigs offshore. While you’re at it, odds are you’ll also encounter Hammerheads, Bulls, Tigers, and Atlantic Sharpnose Sharks.

Local anglers have managed to turn Shark fishing into a sport of its own, and they know how to tailor it to just about anybody. For some, it’s all about hooking into 400 lb monsters prowling the deep waters of the Gulf, while others enjoy a quick trip with the kids close to shore. For the ultimate challenge, some anglers don’t even leave the beach in order to hook into massive Sharks. Whatever adventure you’re seeking here, rest assured it’s bound to be of epic proportions.

A Galveston Shark Fishing Experience

Depending on your interests, a local guide can help you catch Sharks virtually anywhere around Galveston. While cruising along the coast, you’ll encounter Blacktips and other Sharks of good size, some of them reaching over 100 lbs. At times, the best bite is just off the shore of Galveston Island, where anglers encounter swarms of Blacktips along with Hammerhead, Bull, and Tiger Sharks each summer. Anglers fishing with young children can also opt in for a less daunting experience, targeting Bonnetheads and other small Sharks on a trip as short as 3-4 hours.

If you’re in the market for the biggest and baddest Sharks around, your chances are best offshore in the Gulf of Mexico. Some captains will take you up to 30 miles out to target behemoth Sharks feeding near oil platforms, Shrimp boats, and underwater wrecks. For a trip of this sort, plan on 6 hours or more.

In general, you can expect to catch several Sharks per trip—and once you do, you’ll be good and tired! In fact, most anglers have had their fill well before the trip is over, and this is why many Galveston Shark fishing charters include the option to target game fish as well. If you’re fishing inshore, it’s common to find Bull Redfish and trophy-sized Tarpon feeding in the same spots as Sharks. On the other hand, an offshore trip could include the opportunity to catch Wahoo, King Mackerel, Red Snapper, Mahi Mahi, and more. All in all, you can come back with quite a full cooler.

Those who are interesting in keep their catch will be glad to know that most Shark species are legal to keep Texas, and size limits are relatively generous. Galveston Sharks typically yield 30-100 lbs of table fare, with Blacktip and Sharpnose Sharks producing some of the most delicious meat.

Need to Know

Anglers age 17 and above must bring a valid Texas fishing license with a saltwater stamp. Depending on the season, individual anglers are allowed to keep 1 Shark per day, with a two-Shark possession limit.

You can keep Sharpnose, Blacktip, and Bonnethead Sharks measuring  24” and longer, Hammerheads 99” and longer, and other species such as Bull, Spinner, Tiger, and Lemon Sharks that are 64” and longer.

Galveston Shark fishing guides are usually prepared to cater to anglers of any sort, from the hardcore adrenaline junky to families with small children. However, Shark fishing is only recommended for anglers in good physical condition who can withstand high-intensity action on board.

Shark Fishing Tips

For out-of-town visitors and first time Shark hunters, hiring a local captain is the best way to experience the Shark fishing Galveston has in store. There’s no shortage of expert guides who will help you with everything from bait selection to technique. You can expect Shark fishing guides to provide all the gear you need. They will also help you to safely release your catch, should you choose to do so.

If you’re heading to the beach to try surf fishing for Sharks on your own, bear in mind that this sport calls for some special tackle. A 13-15’ rod with a large offshore-style reel and 50+ lb test line is recommended. Skipjack, Horse Mullet, and Small Jacks are ideal for bait. Larger Sharks typically lurk past the second or third bar, so you will need to fish with a buddy who can kayak out into the surf and drop the bait for you.

Now all that’s left to do is work up a strong appetite for adventure and head out to the water!

Shark (Blacktip)

  • Size 5 to 8ft
  • Food Value Average
  • Game Qualities Good
  • Habitats Inshore, Nearshore

Galveston Shark (Blacktip) Fishing Seasons

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Seasonality

Shark (Blacktip) fishing in Galveston varies moderately throughout the year. High season is June to September. Low season is January to April and November to December. There is no closed season.

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What People Are Saying About Shark (Blacktip) Fishing in Galveston

"Awesome experience "

James Gardner fished with Grace Fishing Charter on September 8, 2018

My wife and I had a great trip with Captain Aaron. Caught lots of fish. Even caught some shark & Stingray. He worked hard to keep our poles baited and ready for the next catch. He made the trip a memorable one. Would highly recommend using Grace Fishing Charters. We plan on making it a yearly trip and using Captain Aaron as our guide.

"Half day with captain Brad"

Almec Martinez fished with SeaPlay Sportfishing - SeaPlay V on September 6, 2018

The captain put us on some fish first thing in the morning, we hit our limit the on reds in the first two hours. We then request to fish some shark so, he moved us to another location where we did just that. The captain and deck boy Matt were knowledgeable about fishing and cool people.

"Half day trip with Captain Jay. FABULOUS!!!"

Jim Hartnett fished with Rod Bending Charters on August 21, 2018

Greatest fishing trip. We had the best day with Jay. We came home with 59 fish we kept. Trout, big red, and even caught a baby shark we had to release. Jay knows where to go. His expertise and personality is a winner. Very knowledgable. Our time came to an end and believe or not we were not ready to head to shore. We will book again and have Jay as our captain. Thank you Jay for a wonderful day.
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