What to Expect for Saltwater Bay Fishing
Spread Oaks Ranch offers Matagorda Bay saltwater fishing through one of the best licensed captain outfitters on the coast. On a bay trip, you’ll have an opportunity to catch redfish, speckled trout, and flounder from the comfort of a Texas bay boat. It is best to discuss, in advance, if you prefer to wade fish, fly fish, or, during the season, go night-gigging flounder. The town of Matagorda is only about 30 minutes from the Spread Oaks Ranch gate.
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. Our saltwater fishing outfitter will clean your fish and Spread Oaks Ranch will provide you with a cooler upon request.
Pricing: The base price for a half-day boat booking is $800 per boat and includes bait, snacks, non-alcoholic drinks. Our vendor requires a 20 percent gratuity that also covers fish cleaning and packing, and the ranch will provide you with a portable cooler upon request. Plan on three fishermen per boat, although four can be accommodated when weather conditions are good. For guests who arrive from out of town, with enough notice we can arrange transportation to and from your fishing adventure. Costs are generally $150 roundtrip per group of three to four.
Payment: Our saltwater fishing contractor, Sunrise Lodge, requires payment of the entire balance of $960 per boat (base price plus gratuity) 30 days before your scheduled trip. We will forward you an invoice 45 days before it is due.