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Galveston Fishing is a recreational activity enjoyed by cultures and people of all ages for many years. Galveston Island is a popular fishing destination for fishermen, fisherwomen, and fisherkids! There are many “honey-holes” for great fishing year-round down here! Galveston Island is situated on the Southern Coast of the Gulf of Mexico which is home to a diverse amount of fish! With many local bait shops, marinas, rentals, and piers it’s easy to find everything required for a great fishing trip! Always remember to fish with a Texas fishing license which is required by Texas Parks and Wildlife – there are outdoor stores where you can purchase short-term, long-term, and even life-long fishing licenses. A popular fishing destination for licensing is Academy Sports and Outdoors.
There are many local and commercial stores on Galveston Island to purchase tackle: (hooks, line, sinkers, poles, bobbers, etc.) for a great fishing experience. Always remember to pick up a fishing guideline book – these are usually at any outdoor or fishing store, and free of charge by Texas Parks and Wildlife. Some fish can be too small or too large to keep! There are many different types of fish and water-life! Today, we are covering the basics! Also keep in mind about equipment and boat rentals! Avid fishers have their fish-tales and stories about their catch and what bait to use. Fish can be picky eaters! Live or dead shrimp is great for almost any kind of fishing in Galveston. Other popular choices are cut bait, finger mullet, shad, and larger mullet. Some fishers use squid, as well! For day fishing, remember sunscreen!
Galveston has 32 miles of gorgeous coast line and almost all areas are fishing friendly – please make sure to not fish on private property!
Fishing Piers and Fishing Parks
Some of the popular fish from these locations are:
Red & Black Drum, Speckled & Sand Trout, Flounder, Sting Ray, Black-Tip & Bull & Hammer Head Shark
61st Street Fishing Pier – 61st and Seawall
A pier extending yards into the gulf! Rent fishing equipment, purchase bait, and enjoy early and late hour fishing!
Jimmy’s on the Pier – 91st and Seawall
Galveston’s longest fishing pier! Dine and fish from this pier!
Seawolf Park on Pelican Island – 51st and Broadway
Seawolf Park is home to a WWII Submarine and Battle ship – explore Texas and United States History and fish from one of the piers or jetty. Barges and ships also cut through the bay and create temporary “cuts” which fish love to follow!
Beach Fishing/Surf Galveston Fishing and Jetty Fishing
Galveston has 32 miles of coast line and 28 miles of beaches – some of the popular fishing-beach areas are more West where more swimming and leisure beaches are more East. There are great catches over by the jetties (long stretch of rocks), as well! (61st Street Beach, Pirates Beach, and Jamaica Beach are great!) Red drum, speckled & sand trout, sandbar & mako shark, sheepshead, flounder, gaff-top catfish Mahi-Mahi are usually found further out on the ‘waterline” – where incoming and outgoing water meet
Bay Fishing/Canal Galveston Fishing
The bay and marshes are popular breeding areas for some schooling fish such as red drum and speckled trout. Flounder also enjoy bay water. Gar is also popular in the bay. Shrimp and blue crap are fun catches in the bay, as well. (Even for crabbing, a license is required.) Canal homes are located on the bay and are perfect for these kind of table dining room fish!
Offshore & Deep Sea Fishing
Offshore and Deep Sea fishing charters are popular throughout Galveston and many dispatch from Holiday Drive and Pier 19. These charters take their clients out toward oil rigs, deep blue waters of the gulf, and for premier fishing trips! Typically, these run 70-100 miles out from shore. These types of adventures and fish mix water and adrenaline together. There are many “fighting fish” out in these waters – be prepared to reel these fish in!
Marlin, Amber jacks, Tarpon, Barracuda, Tuna, Wahoo, Red Snapper, Grouper, King Mackerel
Fishing is an exhilarating experience because its unpredictable on the catch – if you catch something every time, it would be called catching instead of fishing!
Stay with Ryson Real Estate and Vacation Rentals for all of your Galveston fishing adventure needs… Whether you’re coming down to enjoy a chartering service, or wanting leisurely fish, Ryson has the perfect spot for you and your group!