What to Expect for Saltwater Bay Fishing


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.


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. Contact Ged Durham at Spread Oaks Ranch for more information.

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. Contact Ged Durham at Spread Oaks Ranch for more information.

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. Contact Ged Durham at Spread Oaks Ranch for more information.