There is always something relaxing about being on the water. It is great to step back from the tasks and distractions of your regular day and just take in your surroundings. Breath in the smell of the ocean, feel the salt on your face, and wait patiently for a tug on your line. Make sure you have your license, then head out for a little R & R with some fishing in Galveston at some of our favorite spots.
Probably one of the most iconic structures on the island is the Galveston Fishing Pier. It is the longest privately-owned pier on the southern or eastern coasts, and has been a part of history when the world record for the smooth puffer and the state record tarpon were both landed here. There is a small fee to get access to the pier, but it is good until 5AM the next day, so you can hang out as late as you like waiting on the big one to bite. We also love that you can check out conditions before you head out via the pier cam. We hope t see you on there when you reel in the next world record!
East Bay may be the smallest bay along the Galveston estuary system, but you would never know it by the size of the reds that anglers hook out here! Head out to one of the reefs if you have a boat to get you out there, or get in touch with one of the many guides in the area. If boats aren’t your thing, East Bay offers great wade fishing from the shore. No matter how you are getting out there, you have a great chance at reeling in some keepers redfish, trout, or flounder, and during oyster season, conditions provided by the oyster boats in the bay make odds of landing a monster red are even greater.
Though it isn’t technically in Galveston this is still a spot boaters should know about, and it sits right on the edge of Galveston Bay. This one is for all the mariners in the area (or even if you know someone with a boat). Eagle Point takes so much hassle out of getting out on the water. They have their own ramp, but they also have their own space for overnight storage in case you are planning on staying the night on the island and don’t feel like hauling your boat everywhere with you. On top of that, their facility is full service! They have their own pull up gas dock, assortment of live and frozen baits, a stocked tackle shop, ice, and a fish cleaning table waiting on you when you get back.
While 61st Street Fishing Pier isn’t quite as big as the one mentioned above, it still has plenty to offer, and is typically a little less crowded. The pier is open 24/7 most months, so it is always a good time to fish. They even offer discounted rtes for late night fishing if that is more your speed. Bring your own gear or rent it at the pier, and if you run out of bait, no worries, they have it on hand. They pride themselves on being a family friendly environment, so this is one of our favorite picks if you are looking to get the kiddos involved.
Our City Guide has plenty more places to check out in Galveston and more neighborhoods around Houston. You can also take a look at the Weekend Guide to see the best things going on around Houston that week.
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