From bay fishing to blue-water, piggy perch to tuna, Galveston offers something for everyone with a rod, a reel and a love of angling. There are bait and tackle shops, marinas for storing your boat and charter services that send you home with a great haul and plenty of fish tales.
You can fish the surf along most of the island’s beaches year-round. One of the best spots is Galveston Island State Park, where no license is required. The proper combination of bait and tackle will net you redfish, kings and even sharks.
Piers and Jetties
The island’s extensive jetty system, as well as places like the 61st Street Fishing Pier and Jimmy’s on the Pier at 91st, provides ample room for the avid angler. Routine catches include croaker, perch, speckled trout, sheepshead, sand trout, gafftop and bull reds. Seawolf Park, meanwhile, offers some of the best flounder fishing on the upper Texas coast.
The bay is often calmer than the Gulf, allowing you to fish from smaller boats. Trout and redfish are the preferred haul for most bay fishermen.
When it comes to adventurous angling, nothing beats the Gulf of Mexico. Kingfish, snapper, dorado and shark are abundant within 30 miles of shore. Go a little farther, particularly near the oil rigs, and you’ll find ling, amber jack, grouper, sailfish, even tuna.
Charter a boat for a trip 100 miles out for some of the most challenging sport fishing anywhere. White and blue marlin weighing hundreds of pounds are there for the taking, as are large tuna, wahoo and dorado.
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