Texas Inshore Fishing Charters

Texas Inshore Fishing Charters

Best Inshore Fishing Charters in Texas

Inshore Fishing in Texas

The beauty of Texas inshore fishing lies in the vast network of bays, jetties, and bayous filled with exquisite fish. No matter where you launch/set sail, the fishing grounds are never far away. The year-long fishing season featuring big juicy Redfish, Speckled Trout, and Flounder, coupled with spring and fall runs of other inshore critters make inshore fishing in Texas something to come back to year after year.

What species to catch

Though some will overlook seemingly endless fishing opportunities around the bays, flats, and back marshes by heading straight into the Gulf, staying inshore means you’ll get a real treat. The species you can catch in these shallow waters may seem like easy prey, but don’t let that fool you – they are super feisty and will put up a fight to
tear your biceps apart.

Redfish are pounds of fine flesh and pure brute force. Most anglers like fishing for them and they are the symbol of inshore fishing in the Lone Star State. Trout fishing in Texas is another thing to put on your bucket list. These fellas are fun to catch either on live bait or artificial lures and are a popular choice among families with kids. If you want to search around grass flats, you will have a healthy stock of Flounder. They might not be the most exciting fish to catch, but they are tasty and interesting, especially if you like staying closer to dry land. But there’s so much more.

You can also catch Snook, Tarpon, Black Drum, Sheepshead, Mangrove Snapper, and Pompano. Hit the shallow waters and jetties along the coast and you won’t be disappointed.

Where to go fishing

The coastline of Texas has a consistent stock of inshore species, all the way from Galveston in the north to South Padre Island in the south. Galveston looks out on the Galveston Bay complex, jetties, and beaches. You will be spoiled for choice here, with so many species you can hook into, ranging from trophy Redfish to Bull Sharks.

Move further south, and explore the fisheries around Freeport, Matagorda, Rockport, Aransas Pass, Port Aransas, Laguna Madre, and Riviera. No matter where you cast lines, rest assured the fishing won't let you down. If you want to join the spring break crowd and unwind on the beach or grab your wading boots and head around the flats, this part of the coastline will show you endless opportunities.

At the very southern tip, South Padre Island offers incredible fly fishing opportunities, a good stock of Reds, Black Drum, Trout, and Flounder, and a fleet of guides and charters to help you out.

When to come fishing

One of the best features of Texas inshore fishing is a long fishing season. Though the weather and tides may largely determine your chances even in the middle of the peak season, as a rule of thumb, fishing is superb from spring until late fall and slows down just a bit during the winter months. That still doesn’t mean you won’t be able to snatch Redfish or Trout even in the dead of winter.

Early months of the year see a good stock of Trout, Redfish, and Black Drum, and they stay in the water until the summer heat sets in. Come fall and Tarpon, Black Drum, and Red Drum will be on fire, followed by Flounder and Trout. Mangrove Snapper are available throughout the year.

How to get the fish

Exploring Texas inshore fisheries means you will get to perfect light tackle, wading, jigging, sight casting, and drift fishing. There is plenty of opportunity for fly fishing or more niche techniques such as Flounder gigging.

Using live bait can be super productive, especially in summer months when the fish tend to move to deeper waters. Shrimp, Pinfish, and Mud Minnows work well for Reds, Black Drum, and Trout, but these fish won’t say no to artificial lures. Cast soft plastic lures and you will see wonders.

For a real challenge, find more secluded waters, or choose a day with little wind – that’s when fly fishing is at its best and you can go home with bragging rights.

What’s great about Texas inshore fisheries is that anglers of all skill levels can get plenty of bang for their buck. There are no choppy seas to worry about when exploring the flats and backwaters down the coastline and there are schools of fish to chase whether you’re a family with kids or an avid fly fisherman.

What you need to know

Before you head out, remember to buy a Texas saltwater fishing license. Fishing regulations are regularly updated, so check out the Texas Parks and Wildlife website before your trip for up-to-date info on the limits and bag size.

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What anglers said about Inshore Fishing in Texas

Yes, the crew are dedicated to fishing as it is their passion. They explained everything to my two sons 10 and 12. I also learned a ton as a single mom. We were able bait our hooks, cast, and real in the fish we caught by their guidance. If anyone needed help they were there to assist.
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Yes, the crew are dedicated to fishing as it is their passion. They explained everything to my two sons 10 and 12. I also learned a ton as a single mom. We were able bait our hooks, cast, and real in the fish we caught by their guidance. If anyone needed help they were there to assist.
Frisky Reds
Frisky Reds
Absolutely, it was my first time in Texas City, and it is my new spot from now on!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Absolutely, it was my first time in Texas City, and it is my new spot from now on!
Spots To Dots Guide Service Llc
Spots To Dots Guide Service Llc
Very different than a traditional charter fishing trip, gulf is very shallow so you cast the entire time. You have to get a good captain that can teach novice fishermen how to cast and reel. Don’t cheap out or you’ll have a tough 5 hours
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Very different than a traditional charter fishing trip, gulf is very shallow so you cast the entire time. You have to get a good captain that can teach novice fishermen how to cast and reel. Don’t cheap out or you’ll have a tough 5 hours
Drift Water Charters
Drift Water Charters
I would highly recommend Captain Jimmy Reardon. He put us on some nice crappie and is very knowledgeable of Lake Fork.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
I would highly recommend Captain Jimmy Reardon. He put us on some nice crappie and is very knowledgeable of Lake Fork.
JDR Fishing Adventures
JDR Fishing Adventures
Lots of dolphins were out playing near the offshore jetty that was cool to see and the boat that was near us caught a black tip. We got on a big drum and we got on a bunch of reds and a small drum near one of the bridges overall Zack was amazing.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Lots of dolphins were out playing near the offshore jetty that was cool to see and the boat that was near us caught a black tip. We got on a big drum and we got on a bunch of reds and a small drum near one of the bridges overall Zack was amazing.
Keep’n It Reel Fishing Charter
Keep’n It Reel Fishing Charter
Great captain to work with if you have any interest in a Galveston fishing trip
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Great captain to work with if you have any interest in a Galveston fishing trip
Scouts Out Fishing Charters
Scouts Out Fishing Charters
Fish in the morning when it's not too hot. Seems that hybrid bite on live bait. Shad worked well for us.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Fish in the morning when it's not too hot. Seems that hybrid bite on live bait. Shad worked well for us.
Hundley’s Guide Service
Hundley’s Guide Service
Bring a fully covered closed to avoid the sun burn, hat, sun glasses and sun screen.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Bring a fully covered closed to avoid the sun burn, hat, sun glasses and sun screen.
Jellybean Guide Service
Jellybean Guide Service
Red Bull and 5 hour energy drinks. Make sure you stretch first. We knocked the heck out of them
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Red Bull and 5 hour energy drinks. Make sure you stretch first. We knocked the heck out of them
SAction Fishing Guide
SAction Fishing Guide
Be prepared to have an amazing time. There was not a single dull moment during our trip.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Be prepared to have an amazing time. There was not a single dull moment during our trip.
Sharka Brah
Sharka Brah
Corpus is a prime destination for fishing in Texas. 5 hour trips are good in the Summer because it can get hot.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Corpus is a prime destination for fishing in Texas. 5 hour trips are good in the Summer because it can get hot.
Clear Water Adventure Guide Service
Clear Water Adventure Guide Service
Dramamin started the night before. Bring sunscreen, battery operated fan, drinks, snacks and a good attitude.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Dramamin started the night before. Bring sunscreen, battery operated fan, drinks, snacks and a good attitude.
Big Tex Fishing Charters
Big Tex Fishing Charters
Rockport is definitely a fisherman’s destination for first timers and seasoned fisherman
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Rockport is definitely a fisherman’s destination for first timers and seasoned fisherman
Reel Adventures – Rockport - Port Aransas
Reel Adventures – Rockport - Port Aransas
It is a beautiful lake with lots of good fishing. We went on a Friday morning but it was not crowded at all.
Excellent
4.7 / 5
It is a beautiful lake with lots of good fishing. We went on a Friday morning but it was not crowded at all.
Johnny's Catfish Guide Service
Johnny's Catfish Guide Service
Listen to Capt Cody. I’m pretty knowledgeable about fresh water fishing, but Cody will teach you about feel and timing. He knows his stuff !!!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Listen to Capt Cody. I’m pretty knowledgeable about fresh water fishing, but Cody will teach you about feel and timing. He knows his stuff !!!
Texas Coast Fishing Charters
Texas Coast Fishing Charters
I would greatly recommend that anglers experience the fishing around San Antonio, Texas
Excellent
5.0 / 5
I would greatly recommend that anglers experience the fishing around San Antonio, Texas
Bones Fishing Guide Service
Bones Fishing Guide Service
The bigger boat was well worth it with the wind we still had fun and caught fish a small boat would not have been as much fun would have spent all our energy fighting the wind lol
Excellent
5.0 / 5
The bigger boat was well worth it with the wind we still had fun and caught fish a small boat would not have been as much fun would have spent all our energy fighting the wind lol
Sunrise Guide Services
Sunrise Guide Services
Enjoy the experience. Matt has everything you need. Bring yourself and have fun!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Enjoy the experience. Matt has everything you need. Bring yourself and have fun!
Redemptional Fishing And Outdoors
Redemptional Fishing And Outdoors
The temperature was great but the wind was a problem and kept us nearer to the shore than we liked. Weather in May is varied so you just have to keep that in mind.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
The temperature was great but the wind was a problem and kept us nearer to the shore than we liked. Weather in May is varied so you just have to keep that in mind.
Galveston Offshore
Galveston Offshore
Perfect time for hybrids and sand bass but maybe May 11 is a bit early for crappie. Be prepared to be flexible if your objective is to catch fish.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Perfect time for hybrids and sand bass but maybe May 11 is a bit early for crappie. Be prepared to be flexible if your objective is to catch fish.
Barefoot Guide Service
Barefoot Guide Service

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