Texas Inshore Fishing Charters

Texas Inshore Fishing Charters

Best Inshore Fishing Charters in Texas

Texas: 506 fishing charters available
Excellent
4.8 / 5
(51 reviews)
Port Aransas
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trips from $550
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(228 reviews)
Galveston
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trips from $650
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(20 reviews)
Port O'Connor
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trips from $250
Excellent
4.9 / 5
(187 reviews)
Port Aransas
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trips from $500

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.

Texas
Excellent
4.5 / 5
Based on 26,559 reviews by FishingBooker anglers

What anglers said about Inshore Fishing in Texas

Be ready for a good time. Its great for families and friends of any experience level.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Be ready for a good time. Its great for families and friends of any experience level.
Joseph  C.
Joseph C. San Antonio, TX
Wonderful way to start. Everything is provided and not too strenuous. Great for the entire family.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Wonderful way to start. Everything is provided and not too strenuous. Great for the entire family.
Alan  N.
Alan N. Corinth, TX
Weather was perfect, not as humid not salty as expected. We stayed in Surfside at a great rental and ate at Seahorse Bar & Grill. Rental was fabulous and grill was also very good - right on the beach. Great time in Freeport.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Weather was perfect, not as humid not salty as expected. We stayed in Surfside at a great rental and ate at Seahorse Bar & Grill. Rental was fabulous and grill was also very good - right on the beach. Great time in Freeport.
Ken  M.
Ken M. Katy, TX
Here's a revised version for you: "I recently went on a guided fishing trip with Captain John at Lake Buchanan, and it was an amazing experience. We were able to catch a variety of fish including striped bass, white bass, and black bass. Captain John was a knowledgeable and experienced guide who knew exactly where to find the fish. Overall, it was a fantastic trip and I would highly recommend it to anyone who loves fishing and wants to learn from a pro!"
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Here's a revised version for you: "I recently went on a guided fishing trip with Captain John at Lake Buchanan, and it was an amazing experience. We were able to catch a variety of fish including striped bass, white bass, and black bass. Captain John was a knowledgeable and experienced guide who knew exactly where to find the fish. Overall, it was a fantastic trip and I would highly recommend it to anyone who loves fishing and wants to learn from a pro!"
Vince  N.
Vince N. Liberty Hill, TX
Not fish on holidays , to many boats on lake hard to find the fish because of this .
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Not fish on holidays , to many boats on lake hard to find the fish because of this .
Darryl  G.
Darryl G. Elk City, OK
Book a guided fishing trip to have a good time actually catching fish and lots of fish.
Excellent
4.7 / 5
Book a guided fishing trip to have a good time actually catching fish and lots of fish.
Ty  L.
Ty L. Houston, Texas
Reach out to your Captain and get an idea of what fishing you can expect when booking your trip.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Reach out to your Captain and get an idea of what fishing you can expect when booking your trip.
Jake  M.
Jake M. Round Rock, TX
It's called Fishing, not Catching....go out and have fun and if your head is in that space you will have a great trip.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
It's called Fishing, not Catching....go out and have fun and if your head is in that space you will have a great trip.
Jesse  R.
Jesse R.
Make sure you talk to your captain before you go. He or she is going to make or break your trip.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Make sure you talk to your captain before you go. He or she is going to make or break your trip.
Richard  H.
Richard H. Dallas, Texas
The weather is not too hot yet. Try to avoid the tournaments. Our guide knew where one was and asked us to meet him at a different location to avoid the crowds.
Excellent
4.7 / 5
The weather is not too hot yet. Try to avoid the tournaments. Our guide knew where one was and asked us to meet him at a different location to avoid the crowds.
Andrew  D.
Andrew D. Fort Worth, TX
The captain takes care of every part of fishing. We caught a bunch of fish we never see in Kansas. We saw dolphins on the way to our fishing spots.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
The captain takes care of every part of fishing. We caught a bunch of fish we never see in Kansas. We saw dolphins on the way to our fishing spots.
Mary  B.
Mary B. Overland Park, KS
The weather is great this time of year, a lot of fish biting which is fun.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
The weather is great this time of year, a lot of fish biting which is fun.
Bob  H.
Bob H.
Sunscreen and plenty of Beer and snacks. Captains got the rest ready for you.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Sunscreen and plenty of Beer and snacks. Captains got the rest ready for you.
Nick  W.
Nick W. Rockport, TX
Understand that fishing is mostly about conditions, the angler’s skill, and then luck. The only thing a guide can do is get you onto fish. It’s up to you to hook them and reel them in. Catching fish is never guaranteed so go in with the right expectations and you will have a wonderful day and hopefully catch something to eat for dinner.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Understand that fishing is mostly about conditions, the angler’s skill, and then luck. The only thing a guide can do is get you onto fish. It’s up to you to hook them and reel them in. Catching fish is never guaranteed so go in with the right expectations and you will have a wonderful day and hopefully catch something to eat for dinner.
William  B.
William B. FAIR OAKS, TX
Some of the fish there are seasonal. Do your homework be prepared for what time of year you are fishing and you will have an amazing time?
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Some of the fish there are seasonal. Do your homework be prepared for what time of year you are fishing and you will have an amazing time?
Richard  J.
Richard J. Fort Worth, Texas
Talk to bait and tackle shops for guidance on whats in season, good fishing points, and what equipment is needed.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Talk to bait and tackle shops for guidance on whats in season, good fishing points, and what equipment is needed.
Jose  F.
Jose F. San Antonio, Texas
Lake Braunig is a great place for spring fishing, particularly if you're interested in fishing for red drum.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Lake Braunig is a great place for spring fishing, particularly if you're interested in fishing for red drum.
Bill  T.
Bill T. Wimberley, Texas
yes, very easy to review ratings and find the best boat at the target destination.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
yes, very easy to review ratings and find the best boat at the target destination.
Robert  C.
Robert C. Humble, TX
If you don't succeed, try try again. We moved around to find the fish, once we found them the fishing was great!
Excellent
4.3 / 5
If you don't succeed, try try again. We moved around to find the fish, once we found them the fishing was great!
Brandon  A.
Brandon A.
Very nice fishing lake, close to San Antonio. Fresh water redfish are a treat to catch and even better to eat
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Very nice fishing lake, close to San Antonio. Fresh water redfish are a treat to catch and even better to eat
Douglas  G.
Douglas G. Mountain Home, TX

Top Targeted Inshore Fishing Species in Texas