Bay Finatic - Matagorda

Start your Texas inshore adventure with Bay Finatic. Captain Joe Guerra runs trips from Matagorda but you can also start from Galveston. He’s been fishing the area for over 20 years and he’s on the water year round.

Capt. Joe welcomes you aboard his 23’ Shoalwater Cat boat. Powered by a 250 HP Suzuki engine, she can reach a good speed and get you to any fishing spot in no time. The boat accommodates up to 4 guests, although you can also book a special full day trip during weekends, that’s suited for only 2 guests.

Your main targets will be the Big Three – Speckled Trout, Redfish, and Flounder. But the fun doesn’t end there. In these waters, you can also find Black Drum and Sheepshead, depending on the season and fishing grounds you visit. Capt. Joe mainly uses drift fishing, structure and reef fishing techniques with popping CorkSor. If you want to enjoy your catch to the fullest and take some fresh fillets with you, the captain will clean it for you after the trip.

Your rods, reels and fishing tackle are fully covered by the captain. Live bait is extra charged if you want to use it. But, using the live bait is the best way to catch fish and highly recommended! Since you’ll stay out of choppy waters, this trip is great even for kids or guests that aren’t used to boats. You’re required to purchase a fishing license in Texas, so make sure to do it before the trip.

With a variety of fishing trips with Bay Finatic, you’ll easily find the one that’s perfect for you. Take a look and then just choose a date.



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  • Private trip
    Full Day Trip – Wading
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    7 Hour Trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    $575
    price breakdown
    $575
    This wading trip is reserved for experienced anglers. Rods and reels are covered but you'll need to bring bait bucket and your wading clothes. Note that live bait is not included in the price and it's being charged extra.
  • Private trip
    Full Day Trip – Bay (2 Guests)
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    7 Hour Trip, starts at 5:45 AM
    Seasonal trip (Sab, Dom)
    $550
    price breakdown
    $550
    You'll fish either in Galveston or Matagorda Bay, depending on the weather and where the fish are. Your main targets will be Redfish, Black Drum, Speckled Trout, Flounder, or Sheepshead. Fishing gear and bait are included in the price. Live bait is not included in the trip price.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip – Bay (AM)
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    5 Hour Trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    Seasonal trip (Sab, Dom)
    $550
    price breakdown
    $550
    Start early and come back to the marina with fresh meat for lunch! You'll target various Texas inshore species which are fun to catch and very tasty. The captain will cover your fishing equipment, so you only need some snacks. Live bait is not included in the trip price.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip – Bay (PM)
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    5 Hour Trip, starts at 4:00 PM
    Seasonal trip (Sab, Dom)
    $550
    price breakdown
    $550
    Spend a fun afternoon in the bay with Captain Joe. He'll cover your fishing equipment and drinks. Don't forget to bring your fishing license and some food as well. Both novices and experienced anglers are welcome! Live bait is not included in the trip price.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip – Wading (AM)
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    5 Hour Trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    Seasonal trip (Sab, Dom)
    $500
    price breakdown
    $500
    For all experienced anglers who want to keep it short and sweet. This wading trip starts early in the morning and you'll be back at the marina before noon. Wear proper clothing and purchase your fishing license in advance. Bring bait bucket as well (live bait is extra charged).
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip – Wading (PM)
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    5 Hour Trip, starts at 4:00 PM
    $500
    price breakdown
    $500
    This afternoon wading adventure is reserved for anglers with more experience. The captain will cover your rods and reels but some things you need to prepare as well: wading clothes, bait bucket, and your fishing license. Note that live bait is not included in the price.
  • Private trip
    Beginner Fishing Trip (PM)
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 5:00 PM
    Seasonal trip (Sab, Dom)
    $450
    price breakdown
    $450
    Take a quick trip with no pressure fishing. Beginner fisherman and want to ease into learning. Learn fishing do's and don'ts – learn where to go and not to go. Use this trip to learn your way around East or West Matagorda Bay. This trip is for beginner adults and kids. 3:30 hr trip helps keep the cost down Live bait is not included in the trip price.
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About the Captain

Joe Guerra
Matagorda, Texas, Estados Unidos
ID & License verified
5 Customer Reviews
Response time within an hour
Member since Agosto 2019
I have fished my whole life and I love teaching people how to fish. Watching someone catch a fish for the first time and seeing them light up, gives me great pleasure knowing I helped them archive a goal they had. I like to fish with live bait and popping corks. This is the best way to catch different species of fish. Then once we catch a few we can switch to lures.

About this listing

Targeted Species

Black Drum Black Drum
Flounder Flounder
Redfish Redfish
Sheepshead Sheepshead

Spotted Seatrout Spotted Seatrout

Boat Specs

Shoalwater Cat (Bay boat) originally built in 2018. Powered by a 250HP Suzuki engine, with a maximum cruising speed of 40 knots.

Length
23 ft
Capacity
4 persons

Types of Fishing

Inshore Fishing
Nearshore Fishing
Reef Fishing
Wreck Fishing
Flats Fishing

Fishing Techniques

Light Tackle
Bottom Fishing
Spinning
Popping
Drift Fishing

Amenities

GPS
Life Jackets
Fishfinder
Live Bait Well
Wireless Trolling Motor
Ice Box
GPS
Life Jackets
Fishfinder
Live Bait Well
Wireless Trolling Motor
Ice Box

Trip Includes

Rods, reels & tackle
Catch cleaning & filleting
Drinks

Cancellation Policy

Free cancellation up to 3 days prior to trip

Customers can cancel or modify their booking up to 3 days before the trip date free of charge. If the trip is canceled or modified later, or in the event of a no-show, 100% of the deposit will be charged.

Listing Policies

Pickup not included
Transfer to/from departure site is not included in trip rates.
Child Friendly
You Keep Catch
Catch and Release Allowed

Payment

Book with 10% deposit
When the captain confirms your trip, FishingBooker charges your credit card a 10% deposit to guarantee your reservation.
Pay remaining balance to captain
The remaining balance is to be paid directly to the charter operator on or prior to your trip date in one of the following payment methods:
Cash
Bank Transfer
PayPal
Visa
Mastercard
American Express

When paying the remaining balance with a credit card, there is a 2% fee.

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Customer Reviews

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5.00
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We had such a blast- captain Joe kept us on the fish and worked hard to make certain our lines were reeling in the fish!
We had such a blast- captain Joe kept us on the fish and worked hard to make certain our lines were reeling in the fish!
We had such a blast- captain Joe kept us on the fish and worked hard to make certain our lines were reeling in the fish!
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100%
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100%
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100%
Appropriate for children
100%
Satisfied with the boat
100%
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Nikki S.
Lavaca, TX
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VERIFIED   Junio 13, 2020
Joe was awesome. His boat is very clean and the equipment was all ready for you. He knew his spots on the water and was great...
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We had a great time

VERIFIED   Junio 20, 2020
Can’t. Joe was great with the kids, we went on the evening trip, we caught a lot of fish and had a wonderful time plan to...
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