Galveston Fishing Reports – September Red Fish Smackdown

Written by Captain Greg Verm

Current Water Temps:

Eagle Point:  78.3F

Galveston Causeway:  81.5F

Galveston North Jetty:  80.2F

San Luis Pass:  80.8F

22 Mile Buoy East of Galveston:  79.9F

Likely, one of the most unpredictable weather months of the year here on the Texas Gulf Coast – September can bring many different weather patterns and fishing conditions.  This year has been no different.  From hurricanes entering the Gulf of Mexico, Tropical Storms and Depressions… to even a cool front dropping temps to Fall like conditions – this month has been crazy for weather and fishing has been excellent!  If you like to catch red fish – now is the time to capitalize on the bronze beauties.

Our Galveston Fishing Guides have been fishing both the Galveston Jetties and Beachfront as well as the back lakes and bays of West Galveston.  The Bull Red Run is definitely on fire here along the Upper Texas Gulf Coast.  We have been targeting the Bull Reds in 18 to 32 foot of water along both North and South Galveston Jetties.  On our Galveston Fishing Charters we pay special attention to currents and also our bottom machines that help locate the schools of Bull Reds coming into our passes for their annual spawn.  The Galveston Bull Red Run typically will continue thru mid November.  As we are winding down another epic September here in Galveston – the next month is know as Red October because the Red Fish bite will be even better.

The back lakes and bays have been excellent for lots of fish catching action.  Shallow water red fish is something I have always enjoyed from my childhood days of fishing these areas with my Dad.  Live shrimp under a popping cork over shallow oyster reefs and also live mullet fished along the bottoms on shallow mud flats tight to the grass are both key patterns that can not be left out of this Galveston Fishing Report.  This is a great time of year to enjoy the calm waters of the back lakes and bayous.  These trips are very kid friendly and our Galveston Family Friendly Fishing Guides will get you in the right place at the right time to catch some big red fish!

As water temperatures continue to cool down, and cold northern air pushes down to the south – the speckled trout bite will fire up this next month.  As frontal systems move thru bringing rain to flush the back lakes and bays pushing shrimp into the main bays – bird activity will be the tell tale for where to find the specks.

If you would like to get in on some excellent Fall Fishing in Galveston – give us a call at 409-739-8526 or email Captain Greg at

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