Gulf of Mexico
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TX - A Guide to Fishing in the Gulf of Mexico

Approximately 3 million people go fishing in the Gulf of Mexico every year. The Gulf is one of the most ecologically diverse bodies of water, offering first-time fishers and expert anglers alike the chance to see sharks, dolphins, sea turtles, and more.

Not every specimen you catch will be edible, but each one is guaranteed to be interesting. There’s no such thing as a bad fishing spot on the Gulf Coast.

Types of Fishing Trips

There are many different fishing trips available during your time in the Gulf of Mexico. From deep sea fishing for Spanish Mackerel to Bay & Jetty fishing with your family or friends, here are some of the different fishing trips you can look forward to on your visit to the Gulf coast:

  • Deep Sea Fishing: During your deep sea fishing trip, you can typically expect some combination of bottom fishing, trolling, drift fishing, and jigging from 10 to 100 miles from shore. This gives you the opportunity to experience a wide variety of fish species during your trip. Due to weather conditions, some days you may be limited to trolling and bottom fishing, but these methods actually yield a good amount of fish. Some of the most common types of fish you can expect to see when deep sea or offshore fishing trip in gulf waters include King Mackerel, Spanish Mackerel, Tripletail, Dorado, Cobia (Ling), Sharks, Jack Crevalle, Sailfish, and Wahoo. Some of the best places for a deep sea fishing trip are in Galveston, Texas and Destin, Florida.
  • Bay & Jetty Fishing: Bay & Jetty fishing trips are a great way to spend time with your family, especially if you have young children. These trips offer the chance to catch a wide variety of fish species while also letting you see dolphins and maybe even a shark or two. During Bay & Jetty fishing trips, you’ll try a combination of light tackle and bottom fishing. You can also use both live and dead bait. Bay & Jetty fishing trips are popular year-round.

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