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Fish Species - Galveston, Texas

Fish Species - Galveston, Texas

“SaltWater Sportsman” magazine lists Galveston as #3 on its list of the top 10 saltwater fishing cities in the U.S., citing it for the redfish, speckled trout, black drum, and flounder in Galveston Bay, as well as cobia, wahoo, tuna, mahi mahi, red snapper, kingfish, and marlin found off the Gulf side of the island. More than 100 species of fish are regularly caught in the waters around the island.

The habitats of the Gulf of Mexico are wonderfully diverse. Texas has seagrasses, oyster reefs, salt marshes, barrier islands, coastal wetlands, estuaries, natural and artifical reefs, and, of course, plenty of open water. 


Open Water

  • American Eel
  • Black Drum
  • Cobia
  • Common Snook
  • Crevalle Jack
  • Florida Pompano
  • Greater Amberjack
  • Red Drum
  • Spotted Seatrout
  • Striped Mullet
  • Tarpon
  • Tripletail
  • Salt Water
  • Black Drum
  • Blue Crab 
  • Flounder 
  • Oyster 
  • Red Drum
  • Red Snapper 
  • Shark 
  • Searobin 
  • Seatrout 
  • Shrimp

Shorelines - Wetland - Brackish Water

  • Blue Crab
  • Fiddler Crab
  • Stone Crab
  • Lightning Whelk


Estuaries and Shallow Waters

  • Atlantic Croaker
  • Atlantic Cutlassfish
  • Eastern Brown Pelican
  • Gafftopsail Catfish
  • Green Sea Turtle
  • Hardhead Catfish
  • Hawksbill Sea Turtle
  • Kemp's Ridley Sea Turtle
  • Leatherback Sea Turtle
  • Loggerhead Sea Turtle
  • Pigfish
  • Pinfish
  • Southern Flounder


Special Structures - Reefs

  • Eastern Oyster
  • Lane Snapper
  • Red Snapper
  • Sheepshead
  • Vermilion Snapper 


Hire the Experts

Tap into the knowledge of the local fishermen--the charter fishing guides who know the Galveston area waters better than anyone else. They are up-to-date on fishing regulations and limits and license requirements. What's more, they typically provide all the bait and tackle you need for a successful outing. 



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