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Galveston, TX

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Go inshore chasing Redfish and Tarpon or head into the Gulf of Mexico after big game fish. Galveston might be heaven for spin fishermen.

Just a short drive from Houston, the Galveston area provides a fantastically diverse environment for all different kinds of fishing. An angler here can fish light tackle in Galveston Bay or off the jetties. Many charters offer deep sea fishing as well, so you can head 50 miles out into the Gulf of Mexico and hook into monster tuna, billfish, and amberjack.

Galveston provides a unique fishing opportunity for anglers, something that you might only be able to find in the Gulf of Mexico. Many outfitters in Galveston offer oil rig fishing, combining a deep sea fishing trip with a reef-like experience. While the oil rigs do get a lot of bad press, they also act as a reef for the Gulf’s various sea life. The deeper rigs provide a novel fishing experience, as they present themselves as a reef where almost all types of fish (both shallow and deepwater) can be found.

Basic Info
  • 61° 45° Dec-Feb
  • 82° 71° Mar-May
  • 90° 78° Jun-Aug
  • 80° 66° Sep-Nov
Gulf Of Mexico
Fishing license info here: here

The Catch

Top fish species to target in Galveston, TX

Black Drum

A saltwater fish similar to the related Red Drum (or Redfish). Typically 5-30 lbs but can't be much larger.


Flounder are a group of flatfish species. They are demersal fish found at the bottom of oceans around the world; some species will also enter estuaries.


Groupers have stout bodies and wide mouths, used to suck prey in from a distance.


Neither a Ling or a Cod, Lingcod have large heads and mouths and sharp teeth and body narrows towards the tail.


Not related to the mammal, Dolphin have vibrant yellows and metalic blues and greens, especially when first caught

Red Snapper

Light red body with stronger pigment along the back. Gravitate towards structure on the bottom.


Reddish color along the back and white on the belly, Redfish are known for the distinct eyespot on their tail.


Wahoo are steel blue on their top side and pale blue on their underside. Also known for a series of blackish-blue vertical bars on their sides.

Yellowfin Tuna

One of the larger tuna species, with a vibrant yellow dorsal fin and anal fin. An incredibly tough pound for pound fighter.

More Galveston Outfitters

Fishing with Galveston Sea Ventures in Galveston

Galveston Sea Ventures

Galveston, TX

Home to some of the best beaches in Texas and the best fishing in the entire Gulf of Mexico! Come enjoy a day of deep sea fishing, bay fishing, or shark fishing with the captain and crew of Galveston Sea Ventures. Galveston Island is home to beautiful beaches, rich history, and world class fishing. We offer a variety of different fishing trips to fit your group and your budget! Give us a call today to discuss you're next fishing adventure. Children are always welcome on our boats, and we look forward to getting them hooked on fishing. Never Fished? No problem, our captain and crew can teach you everything you need to know. Take a look at our different fishing charter options to help decide which one you prefer. Anything from a half day bay and jetty trip to a full day of blue water deep sea fishing, and everything in between. Want to catch big shark? That's always a great time as well! Galveston Sea Ventures offers fishing trips and charters for a variety of different fish including year round offshore fishing and deep sea fishing for Red Snapper from Galveston. These offshore fishing and deep sea fishing trips are a whole new concept and offer fishermen the ability to catch and take home Red Snapper all year long. Give us a call to find out more information. There are a variety of different fishing guides, and it's important to choose one that fits your group and style of fishing. We are not weekend guides or part time fishermen, Galveston Sea Ventures is a full time offshore and deep sea fishing operation in Galveston, Texas. We make our living on the water and this makes a huge difference in great catches and quality fishing charter experiences on a daily basis. Our captains, crew members, and affiliated partners are very involved in ensuring we have sustainable and responsibly managed fishery resources for future generations. We take pride in our work and are happy to share our knowledge and experiences on the water.

Fishing with Hingle’s Guide Service in Galveston

Hingle’s Guide Service

Galveston, TX

Fish the waters of Galveston Bay and the Gulf of Mexico in style aboard Capt. Darrell Hingle’s 33 ft catamaran ‘Catillac’. With trips ranging from five to twelve hours, Hingle’s Guide Service gives you the opportunity to fish the bays, nearshore waters, and deep blue offshore waters from the heart of Galveston. The ‘Catillac’ is a World Cat 300 Tournament edition boat that is every angler’s dream. With two hulls, the boat has an extremely shallow draft which allows her to reach areas that are inaccessible to boats of her size with conventional hulls. At the same time, the boat’s design gives her an extremely smooth ride even in the choppiest of seas. Up to six anglers can fish in comfort aboard the Catillac, which is fitted with ample storage, large fish boxes, two live wells, and four 12V DC plugs that can power downriggers, electric reels, or kites. The stand up head gives privacy for the ladies, and an oversize hard top provides plenty of shade, giving you the perfect combination of fishability and comfort. Whether you want to experience the adrenaline rush of offshore fishing for King Mackerel, Mahi Mahi, Sharks, Tuna, huge Red Snapper and more, or to test your skills on inshore fish such as the crafty Redfish and Speckled Trout, Hingle’s Guide Service has the experience and equipment you need for a great time. With a captain who is one of the few B.O.I’s (born on the island) with over 20 years experience as a charter captain, you are bound to have a memorable day on the water.

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