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Fishing; A Fun Fall Activity for Families

Picture this: you’re standing on a fishing pier in Galveston with your kids by your side, enjoying the fresh air and the atmosphere of adventure. There are no distractions, no disturbances from the outside world. Sometimes, that’s what it takes – getting away from it all and being out on the water with your kids, showing them how to hold a rod and watching them make that first-evercast in their lives. Soon, they’re baiting their hooks and tying their knots all on their own. And if you’re not an experienced angler yourself? Don’t worry, there’s over a hundred fishing charters in Galveston who will show you and your family the ropes, so you can just relax and have an amazing time.

What fish can I catch on a family trip in Galveston?

Fishing is its own religion in Galveston. The town is surrounded by a myriad of beautiful waterways – there’s anything from remote bays and nearshore reefs to beautiful inlets and the deep waters of the mighty Gulf. The list of fish you can catch (and brag about for months to come) in Galveston could go on forever. There’s Tarpon on the flats, Cobia and Snapper on the reefs, and various deep water monsters out in the Gulf. Also, kids love hunting for Redfish and Speckled Trout on the grassy flats around Galveston Bay or from a fishing pier. Not to mention how excited they might be when they get tomeet real Sharks – Tiger, Blacktips, and Hammerheads. Where can I go on a family fishing trip in Galveston? In Galveston, you’re spoiled for choice for any type of family adventure you have in mind. 61 St. Fishing Pier and Galveston Fishing Pier are great spots for shore fishing. Plus, there are various bait and tackle shops available if you don’t want to carry your own equipment. Seawolf Park on Pelican Island has cleaning stations and restrooms nearby, which is a must when fishing with kids.
Finally, if you’re looking for a nice camping family trip, Galveston Island State Park might be the place for you. There’s a camping area with cookout facilities and showers at your disposal. If you want to introduce your kids to fishing from a boat without having to go too far out, have your guide take you to Hanna’s Reef in East Bay and the West Bolivar Flats nearby. When (especially older) kids want to try something more serious, take them several miles into the Gulf to hunt for Sharks, Kingfish, Wahoo, beautiful Mahi-Mahi, and Cobia in the artificial reefs and shipwrecks.

Offshore grounds are anywhere from 60 to 100 miles to sea. This might not be the most comfortable fishing experience there is, but it’s certainly worth it. Fishing as a family is more than just sitting on a dock for hours. It’s about focusing on what truly matters – fostering a connection, exploring new places, and learning new skills while working as a team. It’s an incredible opportunity to get kids out of their comfort zone and watch them do
things on their own. Fishing bonds a family better than anything else, especially through positive experiences. And Galveston is the right place to do it.

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