There’s something special about Galveston inshore fishing. With amazing scenery in the bays, a 150 year old jetty system, and 32 miles of beaches, you barely even need to mention the fish to want to get out on the water. Factor in some of the best Redfish, Trout, and Flounder fishing in the state, and you really can’t go wrong. There’s a reason why Galveston is considered one of the top places for saltwater fishing in the US.

What to catch and where to fish for it

You don’t need to travel far to get to the fish in these parts. Most Galveston inshore fishing charters are located just minutes from the action, with jetties and beaches providing immediate fishing access. Local specialties include big Black Drum and trophy Redffish, with Speckled Trout, Flounder, Sheepshead, Spanish Mackerel, and much more there for the catching, too. Various species of Shark are also common in these waters. Catching a Bull Shark right by the Galveston Fishing Pier is something you won't forget in a hurry.

Flounder fishing is also something of a specialty in these parts. For your best chance of catching these tasty flatfish, join the best Galveston Bay fishing charters at Rollover Pass in the East Bay during the fall. At other times of the year, head to the flats around Pelican Island to search for them alongside tasty Redfish and Trout.

Top Techniques

Most often, inshore fishing in Galveston involves casting a popping cork with live bait attached. But experienced anglers will find drift fishing and casting with soft plastic lures is especially productive, particularly in the fall, winter, and spring. Live bait fishing can be just as good, especially in the Summer when the fish are deeper in the water. Gulf killfish (known as marsh minnows or mud minnows in these parts) are local favorites on the bait front. 

Insider’s tip: for the real Galveston inshore fishing experience, get your feet wet. Join a local guide and try wade fishing with artificials or bait under a popping cork -- you’ll be amazed at the results!
 

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Top Targeted Inshore Fishing Species in Galveston

Redfish

Flounder

Speckled Trout

Black Drum

What People Are Saying About Inshore Fishing in Galveston

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Sean Ginty fished with SeaPlay Sportfishing - SeaPlay IV on July 21, 2018

Booked 1/2 day inshore fishing trip for my husband’s birthday. We had a great time, and would certainly do it again. The only other thing I can say is, “we’re going to need a bigger boat!!”...

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