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31 Mar

Your Galveston Fishing Guide To Having a Reel Good Time

With the Gulf of Mexico right around the corner, the calm waters of Galveston Bay are teeming with subtropical marshes, prairies, and incredible wildlife, offering something for everyone with a rod, a reel, and a love of fishing. For the passionate angler, here are the best fishing opportunities, onshore and offshore.

Onshore Fishing 

Considering how shallow the waters are, you’ll have a good chance of reeling in a great catch without ever stepping foot on a boat. Galveston Fishing Pier is by far the most popular spot for trying your luck with fishing in Galveston. A nominal $10 fee will get you on the pier, open 24 hours a day. As a license-free area with great amenities Galveston Island State Park is the perfect place for a spontaneous fishing trip with little planning needed. And, a 20-minute drive to Texas City will bring you to Texas City Dike—the longest man-made fishing pier in the world. Stretching over 5 miles into Galveston Bay, this is a local favorite with plenty of trophy inshore species to catch. 

Offshore Fishing 

Armed with an expert and the latest, you can increase your chances of a successful day offshore fishing with one of many local Galveston fishing charters. Tours can vary from half-day to overnight and take you to more than 100 miles off the shores of Galveston Bay, depending on weather conditions and your personal preferences. Voted Galveston’s #1 fishing charter for five years running, Out Cast Charters offers action-packed “Monsta Hunts” for the biggest bull reds and black drums and more massive catches. Get Hooked Charters specialize in everything from close offshore shark hunting trips to deep-sea and blue water trips. While Rod Bending Charters offers over 15 years of experience fishing the nearshore waters of Galveston Island. 

While the catch is never guaranteed, the thrill of the sport always is. And when you’re looking for nearby accommodations, Hotel Galvez & Spa offers a luxurious beachfront experience, and the Harbor House Hotel & Marina at Pier 21 boasts gorgeous views of the harbor on Galveston Bay.