"...we were on a shark hunting trip off the beachfront and we were catching big sharks one after another and had probably 20 sharks swimming all around the boat. We were actually able to hand pick the shark we wanted each time and chunk the bait right out in front of them."
With five boats and five captains, Get Hooked Charters out of Galveston, Texas offers a wide variety of saltwater fishing trips for any size group -- everything from the high adrenaline shark fishing excursions to spear fishing trips to overnight tuna trips.
Dream Sporting Trips caught up with Captain Mike Short to find out more about how he got started in one of the most successful charter services in Galveston. "It was always my dream to make a living out of fishing these waters. We vacationed in Galveston as a family when I was a child and my mom would take me fishing on the piers and party boats every single time. As I grew up and got married and had children of my own, I really started to long to make the dream come true. With the support of my wife, we took a huge risk and moved our kids and our lives to Galveston to make it a reality."
The most common question the Captain is asked is, "What will we catch?".
"We catch hundreds of different species but to name some of the most popular species out of these waters, we catch Flounder, Trout, Red Drum, Black Drum, Sharks, Jackfish, Stingrays, King Mackerel, Spanish Mackerel, Pompano, Cobia, Dorado, Amberjack, Grouper, Red Snapper and so much more." When asked what he personally likes to catch, the Captain said he favors the fight of a big Yellow Fin Tuna.
"We do everything from Bay to 100 miles offshore so depending on what our customers want to catch, we might go a mile or we might go 100 miles. So many great fishing destinations in the Texas Gulf!"
One of the most exciting trips the Captain recalls was a shark hunting trip off the beachfront. "I had just one lady on my boat years ago (she is now a good friend to me and my wife and fishes with us every year) on a shark hunting trip off the beachfront and we were catching big sharks one after another and had probably 20 sharks swimming all around the boat. We were actually able to hand pick the shark we wanted each time and chunk the bait right out in front of them. It was the most amazing thing I have ever seen in my years fishing the beachfront."
"Get Hooked Charters was started because of a true passion for fishing and it shows in every trip we run. We started with one boat years ago and because we are dedicated to making memories with customers and for customers, we quickly added boats and thousands of repeat customers to become what we are today."
"We are a family business and we take great pride in what we do. Every captain who runs one of our boats is like family to us as well and that helps us to keep them just as dedicated as we are in making Get Hooked Charters a success. It's all about the smiles we put on people's faces!"
"We had a great trip, caught a lot of fish... price is very reasonable and affordable, staff is great!" - Daniel Foster
"Will definitely recommend Get Hooked Charters! The staff was very friendly and helpful. Melody made the set up process very easy, she even did it while she was on vacation which to me says a lot. Captain Chad did a awesome job and knows his fishing! Had a GREAT time and will be going back hopefully soon!" - Cody McCray
"Uttterly fantastic--best money I have ever spent. Crew was extremely helpful and very patient." -Deborah West Garnsey
"All staff was super friendly and super helpful, and you can tell they definitely care about your experience. Everyone left with catching at least two fish." - Bailey Foster
"Had an awesome time with Captain Dave. He was excellent with our 6 year old granddaughter. She reeled in her own fish and shark. We loved it! Entire experience from start to finish was absolutely fantastic!" - Carmel Shook
"Love these people! I had a wonderful time! Felt like fishing with family!!!" - Christy Cheek
"What? They aren't my family? Sure felt like it. Been fishing forever and the family and crew provide service like you are a celebrity family member who finally got time to visit... amazing water... clean boats... safe Captain... and ON THE FISH!!!" - Arlamay Rogers
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