What would you recommend to anglers fishing in Galveston, Texas for the first time?

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Ronald Payne
Lexington, Virginia
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Went fishing with Galveston Bay Outfitters on June 21, 2018
Go to rollover pass or one of the bridges, use some 1/0 hooks, 1 ounce sinkers bait with live or fresh dead shrimp and be ready. A great way to fish the place for the first time or with kids - you generally get bit before the bait makes it to the bottom. Won't get a trophy this way but lots of fun red fish, pig fish, pin fish, croaker, whiting, hard head catfish and the occasional small drum, sheepshead or trout. Makes for a fun afternoon.

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Amanda Harris
Humble, TX
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Went fishing with Galveston Sea Ventures on June 4, 2018
We caught a LOT of sea catfish which we released because we do not like them (and a lot of them were small). We also caught a lot of trout which taste really great! We didn't catch a ton of fish on our charter that day we went because of some front or current or something the captain had explained had gone through, but we got our license and went fishing off the beaches around the island and caught a LOT of sand trout and our youngest son even caught a small shark!!! If you want to try to catch big fish, book a deep sea fishing trip and not the bay/jetty trip is my advice. :)

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David Hermiller
Glandorf, OH
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Went fishing with Galveston Coastal Charters on February 9, 2019
NO. The captain died a year ago. There was NO charter. Terrible experience. they charged my a deposit and now told me I am being charged for the charter that never happened. Please call me at 419-392-2480. Thank you.

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Teri Zepeda
Fort Worth, TX
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Went fishing with Hooked On Galveston Bay Fishing Charters on September 1, 2018
Pay for a guide who knows the areas to go to in order to catch fish. Their knowledge and expertise is invaluable for having a good fishing trip. Remember that sometimes the fish come to the party and sometimes they don't

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Greg Tracy
United States
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Went fishing with Rod Bending Charters on July 18, 2018
Try an book a guide that will fish West bay. Most like to fish jetty's and shipping channels. Fish are there early in the spring and early summer. See if your guide likes to follow the birds feeding. Fish are more likely to be under what ever the birds are feeding on.

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Jeremy Sweaton
Katy, TX
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Went fishing with Rod Bending Charters on July 13, 2018
July, if you can catch the weather right is pretty good! Just make sure you have a hat and sunscreen so you don't burn. It's hot but if you go in the early morning for 4-6 hours, you will catch your limit and have a pretty good time.

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Michael Steward
Beaumont, TX
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Went fishing with Galveston Fishing Charter Co. #2 on June 29, 2018
Come and enjoy the water of the Gulf, fishing is good all year around, but late September and October seems to be one of the best times to fish here. I have been out a few times and always able to catch fish to cook.

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Steve Holder
Spring, TX
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Went fishing with Line Check Charters on May 30, 2018
If you're fishing Galveston for the 1st time, I'd recommend a focus on catching trout or sheepshead. Both species swim in schools, give great action, and are fairly easy to catch. If the seas are rough, you can bay fish and if the seas are calm, you can fish the jetties.

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Houston, Texas
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Went fishing with Book'em & Hook'em Fishing Charters on December 14, 2017
First time to any area would be a much better experience if you go with a fishing guide to learn the area. My fishing trip with Capt. Garza was GREAT!!! Not only did Capt. Garza put us on the fish but he had a very positive helpful demeanor during the entire trip. Capt. Garza had very well maintained equipment and a first class boat and that made this one of the most memorable fishing experience’s I have ever had. Highly Recommend.

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Houston, Texas
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Went fishing with Book'em & Hook'em Fishing Charters on February 9, 2018
Absolutely! Capt. Epi knows the Galveston bay area very well. He will do his best to find the fish. He is professional and honest. If your trip is booked and the weather or the conditions are not where they need to be, he will advise you of your best options. For the children and first timers, he is one of the best for giving instructions

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Jonathan Valliere
Houston, Texas
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Went fishing with Circle H Outfitters - Catch Share on June 15, 2017
Why wouldn't you fish in Galveston for the first time? Whether you're a pro or just looking to kill some time and have fun, if your near the water, you owe it to yourself to get a line wet. Galveston's as good a place as any...

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Tony Floyd
Wylie, Texas
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Went fishing with Galveston Fishing Charter Co. #2 on June 17, 2017
Ask what types of fish are running now (or is there a better time of year to book the trip to maximize fish caught), who far out to sea you are expected to go, and how many seats are available to sit on on the boat? Asked to be kept in the loop (notified) if your charter has unexpected delays that will reduce your time at sea.

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Lavender Ye
United States
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Went fishing with Circle H Outfitters - Catch Share on May 25, 2017
Definitely bring sun cream and water. To who might consider fishing trip should always bring some sea sick medicine, all of us were fine at the beginning, but all ended up feeling it and one threw up. Captain carries everything you will need in the trip, so just get a great sleep, prepare some mussels to catch shark and big fish! Have fun!

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Richard Walker
United States
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Went fishing with Galveston Fishing Charter Co. #1 on April 3, 2017
Book a trip and let Galveston Fishing Charter handle everything for you! They know where to go and what you are catching and will clean the fish for you! The best way to go and experience so big Fishing!

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Dr. Mike Leath
Houston, Texas
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Went fishing with Reel Fishing Fever on March 2, 2017
Connect with a good guide and let him or her navigate West Bay as it can be tricky if you are new to the area. I always use Captain Terry Hashop. In addition to always putting my friends and me on fish, he is a good teacher and is happy to share his knowledge

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Mike Hankins
Edmond, OK
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Went fishing with SeaPlay Sportfishing - SeaPlay V on April 7, 2019
Look at all reviews and let crew know what your expectations are for trip to see if they would fit your thoughts and expectations for what your looking for.

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Stanley Munson
Tryon, NE
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Went fishing with Book'em & Hook'em Fishing Charters on March 20, 2019
Wear sun screen and a hat. The reflection off of the water will burn you just as easy as the sunlight will. Relax and enjoy the trip and let your guide do their job in finding the fish.

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Amy Hudson
Houston, TX
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Went fishing with Galveston Fishing Charter Company on March 23, 2019
Be prepared for cool conditions. We were a little cold because we didn't prepare well. Bring layers, and you will be fine.

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Joseph Bryson
Houston, Texas
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Went fishing with Reel Fishing Fever on March 21, 2019
Fish during the good season. Fishing in March can be difficult. The season in March can be good and can be bad, just depends on several things.

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Kenny Cowell
Freeport, Texas
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Went fishing with Galveston Offshore on March 20, 2019
Spring months offer different fish than in the summer months. Talk to your guide to see what fish you’ll target before you book.

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Eric Havekost
Houston, TX
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Went fishing with Grace Fishing Charter on March 15, 2019
If its gonna be cold and rainy I'd still fish but bring a rainsuit and dress warm! Captain Aaron Grace is a great guide!

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Stephan Beek
Houston, Texas
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Went fishing with Kapt. Keepers Charters on March 15, 2019
March in Galveston can be tricky weather wise so plan accordingly. It can be shorts weather one day, coats and gloves the next.

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Terry Hashop
League City, TX
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Went fishing with Leman Excursions Inc. on March 1, 2019
Yes, but with fluctuating temperatures from the 40's,50's and 60's the fish move around quite a bit. It helps to know those patterns.

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Chris Vandam
Harker Heights, TX
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Went fishing with Texas Coast Fishing Charters on February 16, 2019
Trust the guides! Our guide, Cody Phillips grew up in the area and has spent his life fishing these waters.

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Christopher Krieger
Springfield, OR
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Went fishing with Galveston Offshore on January 27, 2019
We pulled 8 black drum and a red drum in a few hours. Little cold in the morning, should have brought gloves.

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Doug Meek
Austin, Texas
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Went fishing with Galveston Fishing Charter Company on November 23, 2018
Read reviews and hire a guide. If you aren't a seasoned pro with offshore fishing, book only a half day for your first trip

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Lyle Potter
Ore City, TX
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Went fishing with Frazier’s Guide Service - Bay Boats on October 9, 2018
Our trip was Awesome! Capt.Fraizer kept us on the fish from start till finish! Will definitely be using Capt. Fraizer Everytime, Thank you !

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Andrea Bridges
Lucas, TX
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Went fishing with Reel Fishing Fever on September 15, 2018
Absolutely. He is a very good teacher and is passionate about what he is doing. I would recommend putting on sunscreen beforehand.

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M K
Nacogdoches, Texas
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Went fishing with Mtz Adventures on September 1, 2018
Find a professional guide. You will spend more time catching fish and less time trying to decide where to go and what to do, well worth it!

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Audrey Baxter
Ravenna, TX
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Went fishing with SeaPlay Sportfishing – SeaPlay IV on August 23, 2018
Yes. I had no experience and our guide Matt made sure I had as much or as little assistance as needed, teach me patiently and making sure I was successful.

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