Appearances on ESPN?s Redfish Cup and the Gulf Coast Troutmaster circuit are only a sample of the multifarious accolades that dot Captain Steve Auld?s resum?. A paramedic, licensed US Coast Guard captain, and professional angler, Steve is also the owner of Bay Adventures Sportfishing, where he leads as many as 200 fishing trips per year. Armed with included gear, fishing groups set out on Galveston Bay?s salty waters in search of catches such as speckled trout, redfish, and flounder. Groups are also privy to Steve?s special instruction and secrets garnered from years of professional experience, ensuring they don?t make newbie mistakes such as getting too attached to a fish and eloping with it. In addition to his Galveston Bay jaunts, Steve also leads specialty trips such as flounder gigging and guided duck and dove hunts in Mexico.
Functioning as a non-profit with a mission to promote the preservation of nearby coastal marshes and endangered marine environments, Artist Boat aims to raise awareness through art and science. The team, made up of biologists and artists?all of whom are ACA certified kayak instructors?lead groups on paddles through Galveston Bay, choosing destinations with natural significance. Outings are suited to either beginner or intermediate paddlers, and all gear is provided, so kayakers only need bring along sun-block, outdoor-appropriate clothing, and portable air conditioning units.
A fish tugs on the line, and suddenly a flurry of activity ensues. The next few minutes fly by as the fisherman reels in the flounder and quickly poses for a photo, commemorating a successful trip with Extreme Island Adventures. Aboard a 25-foot Boston Whaler and 42-foot Twin Vee, the company's guides charter trips into nearby bays and the Gulf of Mexico's tartar-sauce-filled depths. As a cool breeze rolls off the water, fishing lines cast out in search of everything from trout to sharks. Alternatively, vessels journey up to 100 miles offshore toward the underwater apartment complexes that house grouper and marlin. Extreme Island Adventures works to make its trips accessible to everyone from families to corporations, and its guides can supply all bait and clean fish.
Captain Dan Green began Fishin Addiction Charters to share his passion and knowledge of the picturesque shoreline and bounteous sea meats of Galveston's waters. Recently joined by deckhand-turned-captain Shane Cantrell, the duo voyages to all crannies and depths that the local seas have to offer, seeking more than a dozen species while specifically targeting tuna, sharks, and the ever-elusive holy mackerel. In their ocean-bound quests, the captains employ four boats that sport names such as The Fountain or The Whaler. Tours last anywhere from four hours to a full day and venture out one to as many as 60 miles from dry land, but are seldom more than 10 miles from the nearest underwater taco stand.
Captain David Salinas Jr. has hunted big redfish and trophy trout throughout the waters of Galveston Bay for his entire life. He loves the challenge as much as he loves sharing the experience with others. He founded Coastal Pursuit
to do just that, taking guests on charter trips throughout the Bay Complex to catch the biggest fish of their angling careers. Aside from tackle, rods, and reels, he provides cleaning and iced storage for the day's catch. He expects guests to bring their own fishing licenses, attire and protection for weather conditions, and any food and drink that they can't just buy from a mermaid.
A hidden gem on the Gulf, 61st Street Fishing Pier invites visitors to cast their reels?or rented ones?out over the open water. Guests can stock up on bait and rental equipment before heading to the rails and casting lines into the ocean. The family-friendly destination has a full concession stand and bar, so visitors can enjoy the breeze off the water with a beer or cool snow cone in their hand. resist the urge to eat their bait throughout the day.