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

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Carisa Burkhalter
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Went fishing with Keep’n It Reel Fishing Charter on May 26, 2024
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.

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Noel Balderas
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Went fishing with Big Tex Fishing Charters on March 23, 2024
EXCELLENT CHARTER! TOP NOTCH SERVICE!! 100% will book again when we come back. Right from the get-go, John was responsive at getting back to us. He was thoughtful when communicating the options we had for time and what to fish for, as the weather over the days we were there was not ideal. (Which we understood as we've done other charters) We did a morning charter. John greeted us right away, and we went to the boat. His boat was in pristine condition! Very clean and nice equipment. Everything ran so smoothly. We tried many spots for catching something and saw many other boats out. Fish were not being kind and didn't want to take the bait, despite having many nibbles. Dolphins were awesome to see!! It was one of the BEST charters we've been on!! John is so friendly and truly has some of the best customer service! You will not be disappointed at all to book this charter! Best day on the water!! Thanks John! We will be back

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Seth Parker
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Went fishing with SeaPlay Sportfishing – SeaPlay VI on November 19, 2023
I recently had the best first-time ocean fishing experience with Captain Richard. From the moment we stepped on his boat, it was clear he was knowledgeable and dedicated to ensuring our unforgettable trip. Despite it being our first time, Captain Richard's expertise and recommendations made the trip enjoyable for everyone on board. One thing that impressed us was Captain Richard's attention to detail. He not only guided us on how to land the redfish but also provided valuable information on the current conditions out on the water. He ensured we were well-prepared, keeping us warm and dry throughout the trip. Even though it was a slower season for the sport, Captain Richard's skills and dedication made it a strong start for Texas saltwater fishing. We were amazed by our 97% success rate in landing the redfish that took the bait. It was an exhilarating experience, and we couldn't have asked for a better captain to guide us. Additionally, Captain Richard's thoughtfulness extended to creating a fun atmosphere on the boat. He suggested we bring our fish's favorite playlist, which added to the excitement of reeling in the reds. It was a unique touch that made the whole experience even more enjoyable. Overall, I recommend Captain Richard for the first-timer on an ocean fishing trip. His expertise, attention to detail, and passion for the sport create a fantastic adventure that will leave you with unforgettable memories. Don't miss the opportunity to fish with him and experience the thrill of reeling in those redfish!

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Victor Harrington
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Went fishing with Early Out Fishing on March 29, 2024
Understand the time of year your are fishing and set your expectations appropriately. Communicate with the captain in advance of cooking to get fishing reports and ask the types of fish that are being caught and how many. We did these things and the trip turned out as expected.

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Mark Lovett
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Went fishing with Reel Adventures – Galveston on March 24, 2024
I know you can never do anything about the weather but if you have a trip with wind forecasted be prepared you may not have a great experience and may not catch fish. But as I have always heard and I say, that is why they call it fishing and not catching.

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Clayton Shonk
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Went fishing with Reel Adventures – Galveston on March 23, 2024
Galveston gets busy on the weekends. Allow for travel time to get to your pickup location. The weather and water conditions change daily so prepare for that clothing and time wise. Maybe allow for some flexibility in your schedule if time, conditions, and your captain allow for it. Stay in touch with your Captain pre trip.

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Clay Gilbert
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Went fishing with Line Check Charters on March 15, 2024
There are a limited number of species in the gulf in March. Of course different times of the year offer other seasonal/migratory species. I still enjoyed the trip. Weather wasn’t ? % on our side either.

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Ron Mitchel
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Went fishing with Line Check Charters on March 13, 2024
Depending on the time of the year, you will catch the species of fish that are moving. We fished the jetty’s and during the 2nd week of March you can expect to catch mostly Sheep head and Black drum. You cannot keep the bigger Black drum. Sheep head are great eating though.

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Payton Baldridge
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Went fishing with Frisky Reds on March 13, 2024
The boat and crew were great, but fishing itself in Galveston in March is not something I would recommend. Not jetty fishing at least. There were a few reasons they believe there were no bites, changing of the season and big increase in the number of shrimp boats out were the two biggest. I would suggest going earlier, Sept-Nov or later once the waters warm up and open up for shark fishing.

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Jake Burnham
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Went fishing with Salty Rods Charters – 29' on December 20, 2023
December is a tough month. You are in between the run of redfish and the black drum. It's still a potentially productive trip and a good time of you enjoy fishing but don't expect the epic catch you would have had a few months earlier or a few months from now

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Jim Worrall
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Went fishing with Grace Fishing Charters on November 5, 2023
Captain Aaron was super helpful with instructions and recommendations on how to improve your opportunities if catching fish. All you need is a hat, sunscreen, snacks and beverages, and a fishing attitude while paying attention to the captain. You should be able to catch some redfish or trout, & perhaps some black drum.

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Whitley Benjamin
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Went fishing with Scouts Out Fishing Charters on October 21, 2023
Pee before going. Bring snacks and drinks, sun block. Wear a long sleeve and pants with shorts and a short sleeve shirt underneath. It was cold when we went out, but got hot. Wear shoes that can get wet. Have fun!

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Patrick Keller
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Went fishing with Nautilus Charters on October 19, 2023
Get a really good Captain. The Captain makes the day. His/her knowledge of the areas are very important. Knowing the spots and their communications with other Captains are instrumental in catching fish. By the way, fish are tricky little creatures. Sometimes they are not very happy.

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Kevin Belcher
Springtown, TX
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Went fishing with UpScale Anglers on August 26, 2023
Ask questions about the charter, such as do you fish or the captian. The charter I was on the crew cast the poles, set the hook and you just realed the fish in. Not what a seasoned fisherman really wants.

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James Fritsche
Woodway, TX
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Went fishing with Bravo Zulu Fishing Charters on August 19, 2023
By all means, book with a friendly, knowledgeable guide like Rene. He does all he can do to get you to where the fish hang out. Local reefs and honey holes are hard to find. Learn the basics from a Pro!

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Megan Langdon
Saginaw, TX
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Went fishing with Salty Rods Charters on July 20, 2023
Just prepare for motion sickness. Try medicine the night before & morning of. Hydrate & you’re good. Little ones will usually have more problems. The boats are usually smaller than bigger deep sea fishing.

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Colby Sheppard
Madisonville, TX
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Went fishing with Frazier’s Guide Service – Bay Boats on July 23, 2023
Stay after it. When the bites aren’t happening, keep throwing it. Look for bait fish, birds, or places that look fishy. Don’t get on the water expecting to catch limits every time. If you work hard, you will bring back fish in your cooler.

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Melissa Skeen
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Went fishing with Fish N Divers on July 19, 2023
Very experiencing trip. It was amazing. I caught many fish. The captain was very professional and he was really good with my grandsons I would recommend this trip to friends and family that I really care about.

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Lori Irwin
Lubbock, Texas
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Went fishing with Texas Fishing Charters, LLC on July 2, 2023
This was a trip my family will talk about for years to come. Even my non-fishing son fell in love with fishing. They caught a fish almost every cast. Captain Brad was amazing. I could not give enough praise for how great of an experience it was.

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Stephanie Fannin
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Went fishing with Line Check Charters on July 3, 2023
It sounds like it is better in the mornings in most cases due to the heat, but the Captain knew what to do & we still came home with a nice shark. It feels far better on the water in a boat than it does on the beach during the afternoon heat.

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Dave Johnson
Windsor, CO
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Went fishing with Get Hooked Charters Galveston – 24' on May 24, 2023
Be flexible. There are many different fish species around and lots of ways to catch them. Fish are not extremely large but they are abundant and pretty easy to catch. Lots of good tasting fish are available. It is worth going after at least one shark, they are fun to catch and can be easily released.

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Christian Darce
Conroe, TX
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Went fishing with Nautilus Charters on August 21, 2021
- Not the best fishing, but fewer crowds. - sunscreen, lots, there is limited shade since you have to cast the poles. - lots of drinks, gatorade. - make sure you have paper tags, get your license 2+ weeks ahead of time, or at a store. NOT online. - If you are not sure, go ahead and take a sea sickness medicine ahead of time or at least ginger. The heat really can break you down faster than normal.

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Amanda Hicks
Lufkin, TX
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Went fishing with Galveston Offshore on August 27, 2022
August is still a bit too hot! The sun will wear you down quickly. Make sure to hydrate and wear plenty of sunscreen as well as mosquito spray. As far as the fish, watch for the weather. The murky water after lots of rain can make it hard to see the bait and means less fish!

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Thomas Gasmann
Oak Point, TX
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Went fishing with Grace Fishing Charters on July 18, 2022
I would recommend hiring a charter if you want to catch quality fish. If a charter is out of your budget, I recommend 61st street fishing pier...you will be able to get helpful fishing tips and techniques from experienced local anglers

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John Cowart
Fouke, AR
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Went fishing with Texas Fishing Charters – 23' on June 5, 2022
Next year I’ll book two shorter trips with Texas fishing charters instead of one long one. But that’s just so that I can spend two nights at Katie’s Restaurant eating the fish Capt Zack puts me on top of

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Henry Bredenkamp
Dallas, Texas
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Went fishing with Stray Cat Charters Galveston on March 20, 2022
Familiars yourself with your fishing location and make sure you tip them. Jerry and Brian the Deck Hand work their butts off and I tipped them more than my budget allowed. When you get good work pay them accordingly.

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Daniel Panniell And
Baltimore, MD
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Went fishing with Galveston Offshore on March 3, 2022
This was our first time fishing in Galveston. We caught the biggest fish I've ever caught. I would highly recommend it. You'll have a great time and priceless memories. My only regret this trip is that we didn't catch anything we could keep and eat, but I'll make a meal of those pictures and bragging rights for atleast a year.?

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Robert Boehmke
Houston, TX
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Went fishing with Salty Rods Charters on November 7, 2020
We waited and booked when we knew the water and weather were good. Very kid friendly and we learned a lot about the fishing. I would book again. My boy will remember his big catch for the rest of his life.

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Brian Fails
Broken Bow, OK
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Went fishing with Reel Men Fishing Charters on May 23, 2019
Be sure to get your license before the store closes. Walmart and academy close early. Walmart stops selling license at 10. I would recommend going to the marina bait shop. It opens at 6:00 am and is right there.

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Kent Kasperski
San Antonio, TX
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Went fishing with Line Check Charters on May 23, 2019
The conditions were not ideal but Mike an Travis found the fish and we had a great time. They were very tentative to my wife with it being her first time on a fishing boat. They supplied everything else needed.