November 29, 2016

Thanksgiving Weekend Galveston Fishing

Galveston Fishing on Thanksgiving Weekend

50-pound Bull Red’s swimming to spawn

The fall Galveston Fishing Charter season in Galveston, Texas has arrived and the action has not disappointed. This is the time of year when the big 15-20-year-old Bull Red’s (redfish, red drum) make their run from offshore up into the back bays to spawn. It’s not uncommon to catch 10 to 20 of these huge fish on a half day fishing charter ranging in size, up to 50 pounds. The redfish run will continue thru November and into December.

We are also catching a lot of nice flounder right now and the speckled trout are not far behind. As the Galveston Bay waters continue to cool off, the flounder and speckled trout fishing will just get better.  Seas are too rough this time of year to go on a deep sea fishing charter but that’s OK because some of the best Galveston fishing anywhere is going on close to shore right now.

Lots of fish to be caught this holiday weekend

Galveston Island had lots of visitors during the Thanksgiving Holiday and our fleet of Fishing Charter boats ran daily getting lots of those visitors hooked up with some nice fish. Everyone who fished with us last week caught nice amounts of Bull Reds, Slot Reds, Flounder, and a few nice Trout. This family from Texas fished a 6-hour trip with us this past weekend and they loaded the boat with Redfish and Flounder. We started out with live bait and artificial for flounder in the bay, after catching a limit of flounder we moved out around the Galveston Jetties for the big bull redfish action.

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 This family from Oklahoma wanted to stay in the bay and catch some nice flounder so we loaded up the Donzi with some live shrimp and Gulp (artificial bait) and went on the hunt for flounder, it didn’t take long and everyone on board knocked out a nice limit.

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Most of the Galveston fishing in the bay area will just keep getting better in the next few weeks as the Deep-Sea fishing scene slows down until the end of January, first of February when the weather starts to improve from the winter. The water temperatures 50-70 miles offshore start warming back up and the Wahoo and other pelagic fish start moving our way. We are still catching nice Triple Tail and Ling on our deep-sea fishing charters but the weather is usually just too windy to get out very far. The cold fronts that come through this time of year sometimes have strong N and NE winds and it makes for rough seas and unpleasant conditions. All of us at Wave Dancer Charters hope you had a great Thanksgiving and we hope to see you on one of our boats very soon!

Bull Red
About John Levan
Most of my experience comes from the manufacturing sector. I managed a small manufacturing business for two decades and am now a full-time freelancer and newspaper contributor focusing on insurance, finance, and manufacturing topics. Based in Pennsylvania, I graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts in English from Alvernia University and received a Master of Arts in humanities from California State University, Dominguez Hills.
  1. Maria M. Henry July 7, 2018 at 6:10 am

    wow.. 50-pound Bull Red’s !! That’s a monster. But what you did with the fish ? So the season is November to December, right ? Can you tell me the process to book a trip ?
    Can I catch trout ? I like it most. I Don’t know swim, I am little bit afraid to go, but I am so much excited to book a trip.

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