Thrilling Shark Fishing Adventures Await in Galveston

Embark on an adrenaline-pumping journey with Up Above Adventures, where the golden hues of the Gulf of Mexico sunrise herald the start of an unparalleled shark fishing experience. This isn’t just any fishing trip; it’s your gateway to engaging with some of the ocean’s most formidable predators, guided by the seasoned expertise of Galveston’s finest captain and crew. Our bespoke shark fishing charters are crafted for those who seek the thrill of the catch under the vast, open sky — where adventure meets the art of angling.

Why Choose Up Above Adventures?

Choosing Up Above Adventures means setting sail into the heart of excitement, where the shimmering waters of Galveston become the stage for your fishing tales. Led by expert captains, our fishing charters provide not just the excitement of the chase but an intimate encounter with the Gulf’s marine life. Here, every cast is a story in the making, and every catch is a testament to the blend of skill, patience, and respect for nature that defines the spirit of shark fishing.

Knowing Your Prey and How to Catch Them

The waters off Galveston are home to various shark species, each requiring specific strategies to catch. From the agile Blacktip to the elusive Bonnethead, knowing the habits and habitats of these sharks can significantly enhance your fishing experience.

While shark fishing can happen any time of year, the best time in Galveston Bay is typically between late Spring and late Summer (May – September). They are most plentiful in late July to mid-September.

Regulations You Need to Know

To protect these magnificent creatures and ensure sustainable fishing practices, Texas Parks & Wildlife has set specific regulations​​​​​​:

Daily Bag Limit

Anglers are allowed 1 shark per person per day, in any allowable combination.

Size Limit

Minimum 24 Inches, Total Length

  • Atlantic Sharpnose
  • Blacktip
  • Bonnethead Sharks

Minimum 64 Inches

  • Bull
  • Finetooth
  • Spinner
  • Lemon
  • Blacknose
  • Thresher
  • Tiger
  • Blue
  • Nurse

Size Limit – Minimum 99 Inches

  • Hammerhead Sharks (Smooth, Great, Scalloped)

Prohibited Species

It’s crucial to know which species you must release if caught. Prohibited species include:

  • Atlantic Angel
  • Basking
  • Bigeye Sand Tiger
  • Bigeye Sixgill
  • Bigeye Thresher
  • Bignose
  • Caribbean Reef
  • Caribbean Sharpnose
  • Dusky
  • Galapagos
  • Longfin Mako
  • Narrowtooth
  • Night
  • Oceanic Whitetip
  • Sandbar
  • Sand Tiger
  • Sevengill
  • Shortfin Mako
  • Silky
  • Sixgill
  • Smalltail
  • Whale
  • White

For the species above, there is a zero daily bag limit. If caught, these species must be released immediately without removing them from the water.

Gear Requirements

Non-offset, non-stainless steel circle hooks are a must when fishing for sharks in state waters, promoting the safety and well-being of both the angler and the shark.

The Joy of Shark Fishing in Galveston: Why It’s a Must-Try Adventure

Shark fishing is more than just a fishing trip; it’s an exhilarating adventure that combines the exhilaration of the catch with the beauty of the ocean, making it a unique and unforgettable experience. Here are some reasons why shark fishing is so incredibly fun and rewarding:

  1. The Challenge and Thrill: Shark fishing is renowned for the challenge it presents. These are not your average fish; they are powerful, cunning, and at times massive, offering anglers a level of excitement that is hard to match with any other type of fishing. The moment a shark takes your bait, the battle that ensues is a test of skill, strength, and endurance, providing an adrenaline rush like no other.
  2. Unpredictability and Surprise: The ocean is vast and mysterious, and when you’re shark fishing, you never know what might end up on the other end of your line. This unpredictability adds an element of surprise and excitement to every trip, keeping even the most seasoned anglers on their toes and making each catch a memorable one.
  3. Connection with Nature: Shark fishing offers a unique opportunity to connect with the marine environment in a profound way. It’s a chance to witness the majesty of these magnificent creatures up close, gain respect for their role in the ocean’s ecosystem, and truly understand the importance of conservation efforts to protect them and their habitat.
  4. Educational Adventure: Every shark fishing trip is a learning experience. Anglers learn about different shark species, their behaviors, habitats, and how to fish for them responsibly. It’s an engaging way to educate oneself and others about the ocean and its inhabitants, fostering a deeper appreciation for marine life.
  5. Bonding and Stories to Tell: Shark fishing is an excellent activity for bonding with family, friends, or even coworkers, creating lasting memories together. The stories of battles with these incredible fish, the one that got away, or the successful catch of the day become tales to share for years to come, strengthening relationships and creating a shared legacy of adventure.

Sense of Achievement: Landing a shark, regardless of its size, is a significant accomplishment that brings a deep sense of satisfaction and achievement. It’s a moment of pride that combines skill, patience, and sometimes a bit of luck, rewarding anglers with a tangible result of their efforts and perseverance.

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Preparing for Your Shark Fishing Adventure

So what do you need to do to prepare for your Galveston Bay shark fishing adventure? We recommend that all passengers wear comfortable, weather-appropriate clothing, including non-slip, closed-toe shoes and a waterproof jacket. Don’t forget to wear a hat and sunscreen to protect yourself from the sun. For afternoon fishing trips, be sure to bring enough water and other drinks to stay hydrated throughout the trip. You also have the option of bringing your food and snacks.

To get the most out of your shark fishing adventure, arrive early and get to know the crew. Be prepared to wait for the sharks to come to you. In some cases, you may get a strike right away; in others, it may take a few hours for the sharks to start biting.

Heed the advice of your Captain and crew. Follow all safety guidelines and local regulations. All anglers over the age of 17 will require a valid Texas fishing license. Our Galveston Fishing Trip Guides will ensure you remain in compliance with the many rules and regulations about shark fishing in Texas waters.


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Book Your Shark Fishing Charter Today!

Whether you’re a seasoned angler or looking to tackle something new, Up Above Adventures offers an unparalleled shark fishing adventure in Galveston. We offer a variety of luxury shark fishing charters, ranging from four-hour jetty fishing trips to week-long deep sea fishing charters that can include destinations such as  Corpus Christi, Grand Isle, LA, Gulf Shores, AL, and South Padre Island. 

Cruise activities can be customized as desired by our guests. In addition to fishing trips, we offer private corporate cruise events, wedding party dinners and cruises, birthday and anniversary cruises, romantic getaways, and snorkeling adventures.

Up Above Adventures departs daily (weather permitting) from 715 N Holiday Dr. Slip #D1 Galveston, TX 77550. Book your shark fishing charter using our online form or call us at (409) 751-5550.

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