Galveston Fishing Report – Amberjack, Speckled Trout, Redfish and More!

Current Water Temps:

Eagle Point 77.7F

Galveston Causeway:  77.7F

Galveston North Jetty:  76.8F

San Luis Pass:  77.7F

60 Mile Buoy 76.6F

May has always been a favorite month for fishing here on the Texas Gulf Coast.  As spring draws to a close and summer is on the horizon – lots of great things are happening.  This is a transition period and heavy migration time for many species both inshore and offshore. 

May 1 marks the opening of Texas Amberjack season, and when the winds allow us – this is a great trip to get in on some Big Game action.   These awesome fish are slightly easier to target during May as they will migrate into shallower water for spawning activities. Greater amberjack mature at about 3 to 4 years of age and spawn primarily from March to June on reefs and shipwrecks. A female can release between 18 and 59 million eggs during a single spawning season. Adults eat mostly crab, squid, and other fish found on reefs.  If you have never hooked into one of these amazing fish you will learn real fast why they have earned the name “RigDonkey” – it is like hooking up to a wild donkey and trying to tame it with a shoestring.  Our Galveston Deep Sea Fishing Charters will be targeting these fish throughout the month of May, and then we will be focusing on the highly anticipated Galveston Red Snapper Season which will be open on June 1.

Galveston Red Snapper dates are limited. Give us a call to secure your Red Snapper Fishing Trip!

Along the Galveston Beachfront and Jetties we are seeing the conclusion of the sheepshead spawn.  As these fish are finishing up their reproductive activities they will be replaced with spawning speckled trout.  On our Galveston Fishing Charters, we will still be catching sheepshead that call these rocks home – many of these fish will head back out into the Gulf until next year.  However, there are plenty of these tasty fish that are residents, and we will continue to catch them year round.  The speckled trout bite is picking up and tons of redfish are along the rocks right now as well.  Live shrimp freelined along these granite reefs are the hot ticket and you just never know what you may catch while fishing the jetties.    A few common species during this time of year we will be catching are redfish, speckled trout, sheepshead, mackerel, pompano, drum, golden croaker, white trout, sharks, stingrays, jack crevalle, and more.

The backlakes and bayous of Galveston Bay have been producing good numbers of redfish, speckled trout, flounder, puppy drum, and golden croaker.  We have been fishing oyster reefs in 2 to 4 foot of water using live shrimp under a popping cork.  Water temperatures are on the rise, and the fishing has been great and will continue to get better as we move along through the month of May. 

Give us a call to get in on some great fishing and we are once again offering lodging at Freeport Fishing Lodge.  Nothing better than waking up from a night’s sleep with a cup of coffee and walk out the door and into the boat for a fun filled day of fishing!  Give us a call and ask about our corporate entertainment lodging/fishing specials! Let’s Fish!! Call us at 409-739-8526 or book online.

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