How does a party boat work, exactly?
Party boats are considered public charters, so individuals and small parties share the boat with others. The price is per individual, and the boat has multiple parties on board.
When is the red snapper season open?
The federal red snapper season opens and closes at the whim of the federal government. This season is strictly enforced by our company. When we can’t keep red snapper, we focus on the other fish listed under “expected catches” in the pricing section of this website. For updates and text alerts, visit www.gulfcouncil.org.
How many people do your boats hold?
The Cavalier, usually used for bay fishing, holds 86 fishermen. The New Buccaneer, usually making the deep sea trips, holds 100 fishermen.
How big are your boats?
The Cavalier is a 70 ft catamaran, and the New Buccaneer is an 85 ft catamaran.
Do you offer private charters?
Our boats are available for private charters. However, the prices are based on the capacity of the vessels. These prices are the most economical for very large parties.
What does the ticket price include?
The ticket price includes the rod, reel, and squid bait. Food, fishing licenses, and fish cleaning are additional, as is the optional (but appreciated) gratuity. As an option for additional offshore bait, Spanish Sardines are sold on the dock for $15. Please bring cash for the above purchases.
Is there parking at your dock?
Yes. There is a parking lot across from our office on Pier 19 that is run by the Port of Galveston. The cost is $5 per day CASH ONLY and it is enforced.
What kind of gear do you use? Can I bring my own?
We use 6 ft medium-action rods, 4/0 open-faced reels (Penn 113s) with 80-100 lb test, and 10/0 circle hooks. Please note it is federal regulation to use circle hooks while red snapper fishing. This gear is furnished on all of our trips, but the 30 hr tuna trips require the customer to supply his/her own tuna jigs and plugs. We do allow customers to bring their own rod and reel, but ask that they provide their own tackle. A small tackle box is allowed on board for customers choosing to bring their own gear. Due to limited spacing, we only allow fishing with one rod at a time.
Do you offer group rates? What about a senior citizen discount?
We’re sorry, but at this time, because of the high price of diesel fuel, we are unable to offer any discounts on our already-low rates.
Are reservations required? If so, how do I make them?
Reservations are recommended, because not every trip is available everyday. We ask that you please call our office to make reservations. At that time, one of our staff members will go over our policies and procedures with you.
What are your sailing times?
Typically, our 4 hr bay trips are from 8 am-12 pm and 1:30 pm-5:30 pm.
Our 12 hr trips leave at 7:30 am, and return at 7:30 pm.
8 hr trips are from 7 am-3 pm. (Please note the scheduled dates for this trip under the pricing link.)
What time is check-in?
Check-in is absolutely no later than one hour prior to the boat’s scheduled departure time. When making a reservation, a specific check-in time will be given.
What is the required deposit?
For deep sea trips, payment in full is required in advance. For bay trips, groups of 5-9 people require a $10 deposit person in advance. Groups of 10 or more and those requesting the stern of the boat require payment in full in advance. A three (3) day cancellation or reschedule notice is required for refunds. A seven (7) day cancellation notice is required for our overnight tuna trips.
How do I pay my deposit? Do you take credit cards via phone or internet?
We do take credit cards over the phone but not by internet. For phone credit card deposits, the person making the deposit by phone must be present to sign his/her credit card slip on the day of the trip when tickets are picked up. If the person who phoned in the credit card is not present to sign, that deposit may not be accepted. We accept cashier’s checks and money orders through the mail. We also accept cash or credit cards in our office.
Can I use a credit card?
You can buy your tickets with a credit card as long as it is your credit card. We will not accept any credit cards issued to the name of a person not present to sign at the time of use. For example, we often have customers giving us a credit card that has someone else’s name on it and they tell us, "that is my wife/husband/boyfriend/girlfriend/mom/dad/etc and I am on the account and can sign." If you are on the credit card account, the credit card company issued you a card in your name. Please do not ask us to allow you to use a card in another person’s name.
If you do not have a credit card in your own name, we accept pre-paid Visa and Mastercards (available at local drugstores) over the phone. You can use it to pay and bring it with you the day of the trip. Make sure you do not throw the used card away; we have to see it is a pre-paid card, as the credit card machine does not differentiate between a pre-paid card and a bank issued card when it is a payment done by phone.
What if I need to cancel my reservations? Will I get my money back?
For a refund of your deposit, you will need to cancel at least 3 days before the trip’s date. For overnight trips, we require a seven (7) day notice for cancellations. We’re sorry, but no-shows on the day of the trip are nonrefundable and we resell empty spaces. We do not allow customers to keep unoccupied slots.
What if the weather is bad? Will I get my money back then?
If the weather prevents us, as a company (not you as an individual), from going out, we will refund your money in full. Any other refunds will be up to the discretion of the owner.
How bad does the weather have to be in order for you to cancel?
We typically try to go out with wave heights up to 6 feet. Any wave heights higher than 6 feet usually cause us to cancel our trips. Bay fishing is rarely affected by weather or wave heights. Please note that the true weather may differ from what is predicted by the NWS.
What can I bring on the boat?
Customers are allowed to bring small, soft-sided 6-pack sized coolers on board. We do not allow hard coolers, styrofoam coolers, glass, strollers, car seats, buckets, alcohol, or anything with wheels to be brought on board. Customers are also allowed to bring on backpacks or beach bags with personal items, and small tackle boxes if they choose to bring on their own rods.
Do you sell food on the boat?
We have galley grills on our vessels that serve food and drinks at fast food prices. Customers are also allowed to bring on soft-sided coolers (without wheels) with food and drinks.
Do you serve alcohol? Are we allowed to bring our own?
We do not allow people to bring alcohol on board; however, we sell beer on the deep sea trips. The bay trips are alcohol-free.
What amenities do your boats have?
Both of our boats have an air-conditioned and heated lounge and galley (a grill with food available at fast food prices), café style seating, his-and-hers restrooms, shaded fishing areas (except extreme bow), and a sundeck.
Do you provide life jackets on your boats?
Because of the large size of our vessels, our passengers are not required to wear life vests during our trips. However, as per Coast Guard safety regulations, we do have life vests on board for emergency purposes.
Are your boats wheelchair-accessible?
We are able to allow manual wheelchairs aboard our boats. Unfortunately, we cannot allow motorized wheelchairs or “scooters” on board, as space is limited. Please keep in mind that entrance to our galley (where the restrooms are located) may be difficult to navigate in a wheelchair, as the water-tight doors have a four-inch threshold that comes off the ground.
Do you allow pets on board?
With the exception of guide dogs, we do not allow pets aboard our vessels.
Are fishing licenses required for your trips?
Technically, salt water fishing licenses are required for both the bay and the deep sea trips. This rule is not strictly enforced by us as a company. The only time we check is if, on a bay trip, a customer catches an over-sized red fish and would like to keep it. There is a red fish tag on a state license for this purpose. Please keep in mind that, although we don’t check for licenses, a Texas Game Warden could be waiting at the dock at anytime to do so.
Is there an age limit?
We allow people of all ages on most of our trips with the exception of offshore 8-, 12-, 25-, 30-hour+ trips, where the minimum age is 7 years old. However, on our 4-hour trip, because we do not allow strollers or car seats aboard our vessels, we suggest careful consideration before bringing infants. To prevent jeopardizing the trip for others, we also ask individuals with any health or physical problems to carefully consider our trips before going out.
What is the best time of year to catch fish?We usually catch more fish when the water is warm. Historically, this has been between April and October. This applies to both the bay and the deep sea trips.
Are there any guarantees on catching fish?
Unfortunately, we cannot guarantee a catch. That is the nature of fishing.
How do we get our fish cleaned? Do you pack for travel?
We have cleaning tables for the use of our customers. Also, there are men at the dock who offer a cleaning service. They are not employed through us, so they do charge a separate, but reasonable, price. Unfortunately, we do not pack for travel. However, we do sell ice, so customers are welcome to bring coolers to leave in their vehicles.