How to pick a trip for a fishing charter

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Ask any experienced fisherman out there where to find the best fishing in the Gulf, and sure enough, he’ll mention Galveston. Well-known for its variety of fishing grounds, which include bays, jetties, flats, and blue water, Galveston is home to a vast array of fish, from bottom feeders to schoolfish to predators like sailfish and shark.

There’s no doubt that it’s easy to have a great time out on a Galveston fishing charter, but the more you know about the species of fish you’re after, the grounds you’d like to fish, and the type of experience you want to have, the more a good charter operation can help give you the best fishing trip possible. So let’s look at some of your options in picking your next Galveston fishing charter trip to help you make the right choice.

Picking the Fishing Ground for the Species You Want to Fish

Galveston, Texas, as mentioned, is home to a huge diversity of fishing grounds, so make sure you know how far out you want to fish before booking your next charter trip. For shallower fishing, you can check out the bay side of Galveston Island.  The areas around Galveston Island State Park and Pelican Island, for example, host red drum, flounder, trout, shark and redfish.  You can also head deeper out to fish off oil platforms, wrecks, and artificial reefs for snapper, amberjack and kingfish. Head even further out and you can find the big deep-sea fish like billfish, sailfish, tuna or even tilefish if that’s what you’re after! Just remember to factor in the time out and back to your fishing grounds, and stock up on drinks and snacks accordingly!

Picking the Right Boat for Your Needs

Once you’re set on the fish you want to fish for, you’ll want to decide what vessel and party size you want. Don’t make the rookie error of mistaking the lowest rate for the best deal. Remember that a charter trip is as much about the service you can expect from captain and crew, as it is about the boat and equipment itself. So look for a boat built for, and a crew knowledgeable about, fishing. Things like well-maintained rods and reels, sturdy rod sockets, built-in fish boxes, and fish finders, for instance, are the mark of a real fishing vessel. Also, you’ll want to be sure the boat’s got powerful enough engines to cut the chop, and that it’s up to snuff on all safety equipment and regulations.

Finally, make sure you give some thought to the party size you want on your boat. Some boats offer party charters, where you go out with a boatload of other anglers, but this sort of trip obviously won’t give you the intimacy and attention of a private charter. Even though the latter are significantly more expensive, booking one means that it’ll just be you and your buddies out on the boat with its small crew dedicated to helping you find and reel in the big ones. But if you can’t afford a private charter boat all to yourself, you can think about a shared expense trip, in which you split the cost with another small party or couple, thus benefiting from affordability and intimacy all in one package.

So think over what, where, and with whom you want to fish, and book your next Galveston fishing charter trip today!


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Carol DeShong
May 15, 2023
Had a great trip with JT despite the weather and slight hiccup before getting going! Came back with plenty of fish to eat for the four of us. Overall would definitely book with Just Cast again!
Joshua Martin
May 5, 2023
Had a great experience! Caught two sharks in three casts. Can’t ask for much better.
Chad Lindholm
April 21, 2023
We had an absolute blast. Captain Liam was a very helpful and we all pulled in nice bull reds and a few sharks. Very enjoyable trip. Would recommend to others. Until next time. Trip was on Apr 19 2023. Half day trip.
Jose Alba
April 17, 2023
Captain JT and Jackson were great on our bull redfish/shark trip. We caught plenty of bull and 1 shark. My family and I had a great time and definitely recommend these guys to others! Thanks again Captain JT and Jackson!
Wesley Morgan
April 12, 2023
The captain JT was great- found the fish no one else was catching!!!!!
Keegan Wedl
April 12, 2023
Captain JT and Jackson were absolutely great well worth the money got us on the fish and never stopped the fun!
Kyle Wedl
April 12, 2023
JT was an awesome captain. He has a great sense of humor and put us on the fish! Thanks for the great memories!
Blake Wedl
April 10, 2023
Fantastic. Group of 5 went out with a crew of 2 and we caught over 20. We could have just gotten lucky but it was an absolute blast. The crew was fun and taught us a lot as the day went on.
Brian Engholm
April 6, 2023
Did a bay/jetty combo with my daughter and her boyfriend. Captain Liam put us on fish right away and we stayed busy for hours. We caught the bull red, black drum and the sheepshead we were hoping to get. We definitely will use Just Cast and Captain Liam again in the future!
Robin Kuriakose
March 31, 2023
Great outfit. Worked with us on rescheduling due to weather. Captain JT& Jackson were great. We caught fish which was a bonus. Thanks