What to Expect for Saltwater Bay Fishing


What to Expect for Saltwater Bay Fishing

Spread Oaks Ranch offers Matagorda Bay saltwater fishing through ranch-vetted licensed captains. On a bay trip, you have the opportunity to catch redfish, speckled trout, and flounder. Your boat captain will offer you a choice between wade fishing, boat fishing or, during the season, night-gigging flounder. You have the opportunity to use live bait, spoons, plugs, gigs for night flounder, or even flies.

What to Know: All your fishing gear will be provided by the guides. You are only responsible for your personal comfort. A half day on the bay can bring weather extremes! Consider a small, waterproof bag or pack with such items as your Texas fishing license (see separate license document), sunscreen, bug spray, sunglasses, portable raincoat and, depending on the time of year, a light jacket. Snacks, water, and/or non-alcoholic drinks are provided, but you can purchase other drinks and food at the Matagorda marina.

Pricing: A half-day boat booking costs $800 per boat and includes bait, snacks, non-alcoholic drinks, fish cleaning, your catch iced and in a portable cooler, and a 15% gratuity. Plan on three fishermen per boat, although four can be accommodated when weather conditions are good. Additional local licensed captains are available for parties that require more than one boat. For guests who arrive from out of town, we can arrange transportation to and from your fishing adventure. Costs are generally $150 roundtrip per group of three to four. Please note – a non-refundable 50% deposit is required by the captain(s) before we can make your reservation.


Take your experience to another level

If you are seeking a little extra adventure between food courses, consider engaging some of our “best of the best” outdoor vendors. These folks are the same professional guiding entities we use during hunting season. Just let Spread Oaks Ranch know which activities you want to schedule and we will help you make all the arrangements.  

Texas Helicopter Hog Hunting

After a safety briefing and hunt overview, your helicopter will take off right in front of the lodge, with flights that are made two persons at a time. AR rifles, shotguns, and ammunition are provided. With 250,000 permitted acres, you’ll fly deep into the heart of Texas. Spread Oaks Ranch will help you make all the arrangements.

Matagorda Bay Saltwater Fishing

On a half-day morning or afternoon bay fishing trip, you will target redfish, speckled trout, and flounder. All your fishing gear will be provided by the guides, you need only to consider your personal comfort. Boats leave out of the town of Matagorda, about a 35-minute drive from the Spread Oaks Ranch. Spread Oaks Ranch will help you make all the arrangements.

Upland Bird Hunting

Our contractor Top Flight offers upland bird shooting in a classic prairie and savannah setting right on Spread Oaks Ranch. Guides bring all the birds (pheasant, chukar, and quail) as well as flushing and pointing dogs. Top Flight runs upland hunts only from the end of September until the end of March. For this hunt, the ranch will provide you with transportation at no cost. With enough notice, we can get your birds cleaned for $2.50 each. Spread Oaks Ranch will help you make all the arrangements.